Gerakan vice-president Huan Cheng Guan will have to explain his critical statement against the party leadership.

Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow said the party’s central working committee (CWC), which met last night, viewed the matter seriously and decided to issue a show-cause letter, three days after Huan expressed his dissatisfaction with the top leadership and intention to resign from the party.

“While respecting Huan’s right to express his views, the CWC viewed his recent media statements, particularly those ridiculing the party in the vernacular press, as having gone overboard and had badly tarnished the party’s image.

“His action had caused dissension and division in the party, which is unacceptable to the CWC,” Teng said in a statement Monday.

Teng said that even though the party had not received any notification of resignation from Huan, he had already made known his intention through his statement in the media.

The party’s constitution required a member who wished to resign to give 30 days’ notice in writing to his branch secretary with a copy to the CWC through its secretary-general, he said.

“As such, the CWC has decided that disciplinary action be instituted against him in accordance with the provisions of the party’s constitution,” he said.

Huan, when contacted, said he had not received any show-cause letter as yet.

“Wait until I receive it. I have to see the contents first,” he said.