KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan presidential hopeful Mah Siew Keong has announced his intention not to contest in the future general election should he be elected as the party president this Saturday. With this, the former two-term Teluk Intan MP has practically shut the door on becoming an elected representative or minister, unless he is appointed as a senator. Unveiling his manifesto during a media conference, the 52-year-old Mah said the decision…
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24:   Gerakan acting secretary general and vice-president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said Gerakan must change the public perception of Gerakan in order to face the battle in the 14th General Election (GE14). Mah admitted that although Gerakan took full responsibility for their dismal performance, one of the reasons for  their defeat was due to the perception by voters that the  Barisan Nasional coalition was dominated by one…
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- The candidates for Gerakan President Datuk Mah  Siew Keong and Deputy President Dr Cheah Soon Hai propose setting up a committee to study the sustainability of the Barisan Nasional (BN) political model, if they are given the mandate to lead the party. Mah said it was necessary to form such a committee to change the perception held by some people that the BN component…
KUALA LUMPUR: Calon Presiden Gerakan Datuk Mah Siew Keong dan calon Timbalan Presiden Dr Cheah Soon Hai bercadang menubuhkan jawatankuasa penyelidik bagi mengkaji kemapanan model politik Barisan Nasional (BN) jika menang pada pemilihan parti itu. Mah berkata, jawatankuasa itu perlu bagi mengkaji dan mengubah persepsi sesetengah rakyat yang menganggap parti-parti komponen BN dikuasai oleh sebuah parti, iaitu Umno. "Kami (Gerakan) mahu memainkan peranan konstruktif dan BN harus lebih konsultatif," katanya…
(吉隆坡24日讯)民政党副主席兼总秘书拿督马袖强承认,国阵予人一党独大的形象是造成民政党在全国大选落败的其中一个原因,因此必须探讨现有国阵政治模式的可行性。 他说,民政党应该在国阵扮演就事论事的角色,对不好的措施表达党立场及提出建设性的建议,这样该党才能为国阵作出贡献。 “很多人觉得只有巫统操控国阵,所以我们希望可以针对课题发言,确保国阵在下届大选做得更好。” 竞选民政党全国主席职的马袖强今日在民政党总部召开记者会,…
(吉隆坡24日讯)民政党主席候选人拿督马袖强今日与署理主席候选人谢顺海联合推出“诚信领导,可行方案”的竞选宣言。 马袖强说,有人认为国阵是由巫统控制,因此他在其竞选宣言中也提及希望民政党将在国阵内扮演有意义和有建设性的角色。 “当然我们不只是批评,我们会给予建设性批评,因为我们希望国阵成员党之间要团结。” 马袖强认同“巫统控制”说法 他也说,国阵给予人民一种是由巫统一党控制的感觉,而这也是导致民政党在大选中惨败的其中…
(槟城23日讯)竞选民政党主席职的马袖强说,民政党是否检讨不入阁决定,还有待与党基层讨论。 马袖强今日被询及一旦中选主席,是否会检讨不入阁的决定时说,这不是他一个人的决定,需听取基层的意见。 他说,从国阵成员(马华)的特大看来,对于入不入阁,基层会有不同声音。 马袖强今日与槟州民政党领袖闭门会谈后受访时发表上述谈话。他也提及,他将在大会上提出“党主席任期不超过两年”的建议,让党员讨论。 出席者包括槟州民政领袖拿督丁福…
 (吉隆坡24日讯)竞选民政党主席的拿督马袖强和竞选署理主席的谢顺海今日发表共同竞选宣言,包括胜出后,将探讨国阵现有的成员党政治模式是否可行,摒除“巫统在国阵内一党独大”的刻板印象。 他们在宣言中指出,民政党将成立成员包含公共与私人界、社团组织、商会与公会代表等的研究组,在明年6月前拟定报告,提呈国阵最高理事会,以改革国阵。 马袖强坦承,民政党在第12届和第13届全国大选中,一败涂地与巫统有关,因为部分选民一直认为巫…
(槟城23日讯)与邓章耀一对一角逐民政党党主席职的拿督马袖强,今早「深入虎穴」来到邓章耀当州主席的槟州低调拉票,获前槟民政党主席拿督丁福南及约30名中央代表出席相挺。今早9时30分在西南区维斯达娜酒店,马袖强与支持者展开为时1小时30分闭门聚会,刺探军情。出席代表清一色是丁福南的忠坚支持者,包括此届竞选中委的涂仲仪医生(现任槟民政党州委)、峇日星律师(竞选槟州主席不敌邓章耀)、前峇都蛮区州议员吴竟城、前国阵柑仔园区协…
GERAKAN DECIDES: Some 2,000 party delegates tomorrow will choose between Datuk Mah Siew Keong and Teng Chang Yeow to lead Gerakan out of its rut.  The  New Straits Times asked the two on their vision for the party Question: What is your priority if elected? Mah: The new leadership will need to identify and address a slew of weaknesses in the party. Gerakan has to undergo drastic reform to make…

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