At 12.15pm Malaysiakini has this report that Dr Koh Tsu Koon was elected unopposed as Gerakan president when nominations for the party polls came to a close. Yesterday Tan Lian Hoe won a second term as Gerakan Wanita chief uncontested. The youth chief posts is will be a three way tussle between deputy Youth chief Lim Si Pin, Kedah Youth chief Tan Keng Liang and Negri Sembilan Youth chief Chai Tek Loong. This augurs well for the party as after the GE12 the party faired miserably and a keen contest signals that the party is still relevant but it needs to rebuild from within.
The full report can be read here :- http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/90699 We know that Koh’s win was no surprise as he was former president Dr Lim Keng Yaik’s annointed successor and had served as acting president since April 8, 2007.
Is this the start and a reawakening for Gerakan? What are their plans? Are they looking for new members as Sarawak has not even been infiltrated by Gerakan. PPP has spread its wings to Sarawak but without much success. There was a cordial meeting and exchanges of ideas between Koh Tsu Koon and Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and President of SUPP George Chan about 3 months ago.
It will be a breadth of fresh air and there are certainly many potential grassroot leaders to be tapped from the eastern shores. Even those in PRS have sounded their interests on more than one occasion. PRS is after all a multi racial party and those who are already inside will subscribe to the principles of Gerakan. This certainly provides for an avenue for BN to look into as many local politicians will then be able to play a bigger role in National politics. But please do not twist and make it into an issue within PRS as this picture are only for those who THINKS THAT NATIONAL POLITICS are for them. This also does not mean everyone in PRS is interested. Its up to the movers and shakers of BN to see this “POTENTIAL”. That I leave it all to them…Anyway, Tan Sri Dr.Koh congratulations….. Let the rebuilding begin..