Gerakan gunning for redemption in Penang

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang will be one of Gerakan’s focus states in the 15th General Election (GE15), says party president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau.

“We started from Penang. We achieved our peak in Penang. We fell in Penang.

“We will also come back in Penang, ” he said, adding that any political party going against the ruling Perikatan Nasional government would be its “enemy”.

Gerakan, Lau added, would focus on ensuring a Perikatan victory in the next election, with seat allocations taking a backseat.

While the party has its own wish list, it would leave it to the Perikatan presidential council to decide on seat allocations for GE15, he said.

“This is in line with our ideology. We need to have stable politics in our country, ” he told reporters during the party’s 53rd anniversary celebrations here yesterday.

Perikatan had in February accepted Gerakan as its newest member.

Perikatan chairman and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said then that Gerakan’s admission had received unanimous endorsement from the coalition’s supreme council.

In GE14 in May 2018, Gerakan lost in all 11 parliamentary and 31 state seats it contested.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that 300 members of the Ipoh Barat PKR branch quit the party to join Gerakan.

Perak Gerakan chairman Datuk See Tean Seng said these individuals quit PKR a year ago and would officially join Gerakan after their membership application forms were received.

“So far, a total of 300 former PKR members from Ipoh Barat division have expressed their desire to join us. Of that number, about 50 membership forms were completed and submitted, ” he told the media.

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