Friday, May 24

Gerakan to focus on four seats in 13th general elections — party chief


KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon emphasised that the party would focus on the four parliamentary seats it could potentially win, which included defending the Simpang Renggam seat in Johor, at the 13th general elections.

The other three were Taiping, Beruas and Teluk Intan, he added.

“We will definitely defend the Simpang Renggam seat and for that we have to work hard.

“We’re now preparing for Taiping. Definitely Taiping will be a focus seat,” he told reporters after the wrap-up session of the 41st Gerakan national delegates meeting, here yesterday.

According to Koh, the Taiping seat, which was given to the People’s Progressive Party in 2008, would be returned to Gerakan and Datuk Tan Lian Hoe, the party’s Youth chief had been actively working to gain the confidence and support of the voters in the area.

In the last general election, Beruas was won by DAP’s Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham who beat Barisan Nasional candidate, Gerakan’s Datuk Chang Ko Youn with a majority of 1,828 votes.

While, M Manogaran from Dap won the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat by 1,470 votes defeating Gerakan candidate Datuk Mah Siew Keong.

Earlier in his speech, Koh reiterated his stance of not contesting in the coming general election.

He said the party was now in the process of rejuvenation and its leadership was prepared to give the younger generation a chance to take over the reins.

“We must work first before being given the chance. Don’t come to me and say ‘Give me the post before I work’,” he said, adding that he would be finalising the list of Gerakan candidates for the 13th General Elections soon. — Bernama