The animosity between Umno (Penang) and Gerakan is still very alive. Koh admission – leaving Barisan Nasional is one of the three options that Gerakan seriously considering right now have (refer Malaysiakini news) irked Penang Umno leaders.
Penang Barisan Nasional leaders want Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon to make a stand on the party’s position in the coalition. Penang Umno liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah said the former chief minister must determine the direction of his party. Thestar reports:
“As a leader, he must be responsible to the coalition. He needs to set the course for Gerakan and make his position clear. After all, a fish rots from the head down.
“I regret that we have parti perosak (party spoilers) within Barisan. These factions can leave if they want to,” he said.
“If you go on sentiments alone, I would say more than 60% (want to leave) but we are taking a lot of factors into consideration. A decision cannot be based just on sentiments.” Koh said earlier today.
It is not clear if Abdul Rashid statement will be backed by Abdullah administration. I suspect he would opt for ‘wait and see’ stand before making any official statement.