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Monday September 9, 2013 MYT 10:54:39 AM
by ian mcintyre
GEORGE TOWN: It will be a straight fight for the Penang Gerakan chairman’s post, but incumbent Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan will not be in the race.
The party veteran has opted to stay out of the fray, leaving the contest to be fought between former state Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow and state Gerakan legal aid bureau chief Baljit Singh.
Only the two of them were named for the post when nominations closed at noon yesterday.
The new Penang Gerakan leader will be decided by about 200 delegates at the party elections here on Sept 15.
Chang Yeow is the Gerakan secretary-general while Baljit, who is relatively unknown outside Penang, is also the assistant editor of the party’s state newsletter.
Dr Teng, Baljit and state Gerakan Wanita chief Rowena Yap were not present during the nominations.
Meanwhile, Hng Chee Wey was elected as the new Youth chief after incumbent Oh Tong Keong decided to seek a post at the national level.
Chang Yeow said that the party needed to be revitalised and rebuilt from the grassroots up, and sought the cooperation of all members to meet this objective.
“Gerakan must first restore confidence within the party before moving out to engage the people here,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Asked about his alleged rift with Dr Teng and party vice-president Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye, he said: “We may not be able to see eye to eye, but this is politics. Even in small families, there are differences. This does not mean we cannot work together. We must rebuild Gerakan.”
Asked if Gerakan would discuss a proposal to quit the Barisan coalition, Chang Yeow said the party must rebound from its electoral disaster first before discussing such issues.
Meanwhile, Baljit said he plans to hold a press conference to explain his intention to contest the chairman’s post as well as his absence during the nominations.
Dr Teng could not be reached for comment.
A fight to keep Gerakan relevant
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