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Don’t repeat Gerakan’s mistake in 2008, Dominic reminds PN leaders

Jun 19, 2023

ALOR STAR: Perikatan Nasional leaders have been reminded to focus on wresting Penang in the state election instead of debating on who should be named as the Chief Minister candidate.

Gerakan president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau said the debate would be counterproductive for PN’s campaign to wrest Penang from Pakatan Harapan.

Hence, Lau reminded PN leaders to learn lessons from Gerakan’s defeat in Penang during the 12th General Election in 2008.

“One of the reasons why we lost Penang in 2008 was that we had infighting within Gerakan.

“I have announced this yesterday (to fellow party members), let’s not debate over who will be appointed as the CM. Instead let’s focus on winning (the state election) first before we decide who will be the Penang CM.

“Win the elections first, then we will discuss about that,” he said during a press conference after opening Kedah Gerakan Delegates’ Annual General Meeting 2023 at Xi Yuan Seafood Restaurant here yesterday.

Lau also stressed that racial backgrounds of PN leaders should not be taken into consideration in the appointment of the state’s future CM, should the party wrest Penang in the state elections soon.

“We should refrain from raising this issue —whether the CM should be Malay, Chinese, or Indian— as it is not important.

“I don’t want the weaknesses and failures that we faced in 2008 to happen again, that’s why I have ordered that we will not be discussing this yet,” he added.

For nearly four decades, from 1969 to 2008, Gerakan administered the state government of Penang and was closely associated with the development of the state.

However, during the GE12 in 2008, the party suffered its most significant electoral setback, losing Penang after a reign of almost 39 years.

Gerakan’s subsequent electoral outing in the 13th General Election (GE13) in 2013 and the 14th General Election (GE14) in 2018 both ended in disappointing campaigns.

The party’s outing in the 15th General Election (GE15) last year also saw yet another poor outing.