THE acting Perak Gerakan chairman hopes to strengthen unity and increase stability within the party to ensure a stronger grip in the next general election.
Dr Cheah Soon Hai, who is also the Kedah Gerakan chief and the party’s deputy president, took over the position in June after its chairman Lee Chee Pheng resigned barely eight months after being elected.
Lee had said that he needed to concentrate on his research work at his college in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Cheah said he hoped to visit the party’s grassroots to gauge their sentiments and opinions on the future of the party in the state.
He said after the party’s victory in the recently concluded by-election in Teluk Intan, there was a need to keep the momentum going.
“There is a need to have proper planning, strategy and system.
“I will be meeting party members and asking them to take the proactive measure of ‘One Man One Vote’ approach,” he told a press conference after the state liaison committee meeting at the state Gerakan headquarters in Ipoh recently.
Dr Cheah added that the approach was to tell party members that they must get an extra vote for the party from the public.
“I also hope more activities will be held by all divisions in the state to encourage more people to have confidence in the party,” he added.
He said currently in Perak there were 30,000 members and he hoped to get more youngsters as members.
He said two new branches, one in Taman Bandar Baru in Kampar and the other one in Taman Jasmin in Beruas, had been set up.
There are 34 divisions and close to 300 branches in the state.