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Monday, 13 January 2014 | MYT 10:19 AM

Ex-PKR man's NewGen Party aims to form shadow cabinet

PETALING JAYA: Former PKR national strategy and policy bureau secretary S. Gobi Krishnan (pic) has founded the NewGen Party and is vowing to form a shadow cabinet - an element his former party lacked - soon after its official launch.

Gobi, who left PKR in January 2013 and now acts as NewGen Party's secretary-general, said the formulation of an alternative cabinet did not materialised then as PKR had a "different agenda".

"I left PKR because I couldn't effectively change things in the party. So I thought it was best to take it on my own in order to implement this," said Gobi told The Star Online.

He said the NewGen Party, which targets young people, will be multiracial and work with both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat.

He also denied a fallout with his former party, saying that he only wanted to have "new standards in politics" where the educational background of its members was a priority.

One of the main criteria of ordinary membership is a minimum educational qualification of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Meanwhile, the committee members who sit in the Superior Generation Council, the highest rank in the party, must hold a minimum educational qualification of a diploma.

"When you become a Member of Parliament, people expect you to have some form of a degree but in Malaysia, there is no such requirement. So I thought I'd introduce a standard to our political scene.

"Only through that can we qualify as elected representatives instead of choosing anybody who is not up to quality," said Gobi, adding that all the new members will be vetted by the Members Academic Evaluation Committee.

As for the shadow cabinet, he said all 29 committee members will be automatically made shadow ministers of respective ministries in the cabinet.

"In order to show that we are serious about governing the country, we must be able to form a shadow cabinet, which is not being done in Pakatan Rakyat," he said.

NewGen Party, which targets the 18-to-50 age group, is also setting it sights on young professionals without any experience in politics.

Current membership now stands at about 200 nationwide, but Gobi said this will be widened especially in the Klang Valley, followed by Penang, Johor, Perak and Pahang.

However, he refused to divulge the identity of the party's president but said the person was "very prominent but without any political background".

"The announcement will be made approximately in the next three months after the leadership line-up is complete," he said.

NewGen Party was one of the 20 political parties approved by the Registrar of Societies last September.


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