Gerakan Retools Itself To Get Back In Mainstream Politics
At the party's 40th anniversary on Sunday, Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the party's mission was to build a united and democratic nation.
"In order to achieve this, we must consolidate, evaluate, motivate and rejuvenate the party."
Dr Koh said three thrusts would be undertaken, one of which was to voice Gerakan's ideology and policy position, and to advocate a Malaysian solution for major issues.
"The other two is to rebuild, rebrand and re-empower the party at all levels to effectively serve and represent all Malaysians and by doing so, to win the people's hearts and minds while regaining their mandate."
Dr Koh said the party was at its most challenging crossroads following the dismal results of the March 8 general election.
"Most of us are dejected or demoralised but we must keep telling ourselves that we are down but definitely not out," he said.
Dr Koh said after meeting with grassroots members over the past two months, the picture was clear that the members wanted Gerakan to continue.
"A few may have gone astray. We can understand that. But we will keep fighting because we believe we are still relevant to the people."
He added that Gerakan had to quickly understand the new political environment and that politics now had moved from being racial-based to being issues-based.
"That is exactly what we are fighting for, but somehow we ended up on the other side.
"In this case, what is good for the country is negative for the party but it confirms that this is the way forward and we definitely have a role to play."
He added that Gerakan would execute its plan via eight strategies consisting of broad plans to expand and consolidate membership while rebuilding the party in Penang.
"One of the ideas is to provide a more flexible structure by opening cyber branches so that Malaysians overseas can also participate in the party," he said. (The Star)
***** Very nice sounding phrases by Tan Sri Koh. But will it be sufficient and will it work? I still remember that prior to the last GE many Indian members had complained about the Gerakan having become a Chinese party and not a single Indian had been fielded in the polls. The Malays are nowhere to be seen in Gerakan either.
It would take more than mere words for Gerakan to convince the Malays and Indians to come on board after having lost their credibility with these communities. Can they survive as a purely Chinese party in competition with MCA? Let's not forget that substantial numbers of Chinese too have also moved to PKR and DAP. An uphill task awaits Gerakan.