GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan has never been this united as it is now to face the 14th General Election, says party president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.
Its leaders and members have been going all out working hand in hand in ensuring a better outing compared to the previous general elections.
“Despite not winning Penang, we never stopped serving the rakyat and this will definitely be evident in the coming election.
“While we can only wait for this to be reflected in the election results, we are confident as we are now more united than ever,” he told a press at the party’s headquarters here today.
He said the selection of candidates had been finalised and was currently waiting approval from the Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council before announcing the new line-up.
Mah also expressed confidence in the new and experienced candidates in facing the general election, stressing on the diversity of its line-up in terms of ethnic backgrounds and professional fields.
Gerakan, he added would highlight new faces and young people among the Malays and Indians as candidates in Penang to contest in Penang.
The party, he said, had also nominated Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow, who was also Penang BN chairman, to re-contest in the state but did not mention where Teng will be contesting.
“We are confident with the BN’s performance in Penang, and that the people in the state will give the coalition a chance this time around based on feedback we gathered from the ground as Penangites already know better by now,” Mah added.
Describing internal party frictions as something normal and something in the past, Mah said it was a learning curve and experience and stressed that it had only made the party more united than ever.
The Plantation Industries and Commodities minister added that the DAP-led state government had been plagued by controversial issues such as the construction of the undersea tunnel and hill slope development projects which they had failed to overcome and the issues only worked in favour of Gerakan and BN in regaining some seats.
When asked to comment on news reports on the possibility of a seat swap in Penang between Gerakan and MCA for the general election, Mah confirmed there was not going to be any.
State Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow had reportedly revealed a discussion on swapping the Batu Kawan and Bayan Baru parliamentary seats, contested by Gerakan and MCA respectively in the past was nothing new.