Gerakan Acting president finally wake up and manage to garnered enough strength and courage to say Gerakan is not a “yes man” party – a day before the much awaited debate with Lim Guan Eng.
Koh must be in a defensive mood now after several Gerakan leaders leaving the party. Look like the erosion of support and trust in Gerakan leadership isn’t yet fully restored. Replying to a question on whether Gerakan would discuss leaving Barisan Nasional, Dr Koh said the party was “open for discussion”.
Without mentioning whom he refers to Dr Koh said “Other coalition parties have also discussed it. We are not a ‘yes man’ party but we will not be blinded by emotion. We will have an objective analysis of such discussions from time to time.
“Gerakan won’t blindly commit to Barisan but since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have shown sincerity in bringing change, we will perform our role in accordance with our principles.
“Barisan is a coalition that represents people from different political and cultural backgrounds, so there is bound to be differences. Even Pakatan Rakyat is the same,” he said at a press conference.
“What is important is that we try to reach a consensus. In the last five months, top Barisan leaders have held more meetings than in the last three years,” he said, adding that response from the Chinese community has been more positive for the Permatang Pauh by-election compared to the March 8 general election.
What is message that the acting Gerakan president trying to convey here? Leaving Barisan Nasional? We know the were once out of the coalition? Possible ‘muzakarah’ similar to that Umno and Pas for the sake of Chinese or non-Muslim unity?