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Friendly contest: Teng (left) shaking hands with Mah after the nominations closed at Menara PGRM.
KUALA LUMPUR: It will be a straight fight in the race for the Gerakan presidency between acting secretary-general Datuk Mah Siew Keong and Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow.
Mah, also a party vice-president, had reportedly hoped to avoid a contest with Teng.
However, when nominations closed at Menara PGRM at noon yesterday, he found he was pitted against the Penang chief for the party’s top post.
Acting party president Datuk Chang Ko You, who had led the party since May, has declined to defend the post to pave the way for younger leaders.
Mah is 52 while Teng is 49.
The contest for the deputy presidency will also be a straight fight between Kepong Gerakan division chairman Ma Woei Chyi and Kedah state chairman Dr Cheah Soon Hai.
Seven candidates are vying for the three vice-president posts, including incumbent A. Kohilan Pillay.
The others in the fray are Asharuddin Ahmad, Gordon Leong Vui Cheung, Syed Abdul Razak Syed Long Alsagoff, Teo Eng Tee and Loo Yeng Peng.
Meanwhile, 39 candidates will vie for the 18 central committee positions.
A total of 2,298 national delegates are eligible to vote in this year’s party elections. — Bernama
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