KULAI: Gerakan hopes to do better in GE14 as the party feels that the people want more “check and balance” in the country.
Its president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said that based on the feedback they had received, the party would do better than in previous elections.
“Gerakan cannot afford a 3-0 again in Penang in GE14,” he said, referring to the party’s losses in the state in the past elections.
In GE13, they won one parliamentary and three state seats nationwide.
He urged Gerakan members to close ranks and to work with other component parties not just to contest in Gerakan seats but other seats contested by Barisan Nasional.
In GE14, the party hopes to contest in 12 parliament and 33 state seats.
Mah said all the candidates names have been sent to the Barisan leadership for vetting by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission.
“We have a few names for each seat,” he said when asked how many names they were proposing for each seat.
He added that Gerakan would contest in four seats in Johor, namely Simpang Renggam parliamentary and the state seats of Pemanis, Bukit Batu and Skudai.
He said this after opening the Johor Gerakan annual delegates meeting here.
He also said DAP must “stick to the facts” instead of blaming the past state government for everything negative happening in Penang.
He said the former state government led by Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon ended nine years ago.
“Now they constantly blame the former state government for everything.
“They also insult Gerakan as a mosquito party and call us The Three Stooges. Do not insult people. Just speak the facts,” Mah said.
He also lashed out at DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang for twisting the facts when it was Lim who challenged Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yau to contest in Penang.
“Now that Teng is taking up the challenge, Kit Siang is singing a different tune.
“He is just finding a way to run from Gelang Patah in Johor,” he said.