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LEAVING UMNO’S HEGEMONY FOR THAT OF ‘MALAY FIRST’ PERIKATAN’S – GERAKAN MOVING FROM BLUNDER TO BLUNDER UNDER DOMINIC LAU

Gerakan-PN partnership: A year of charting new course and party consolidation OVER a year ago, Gerakan joined Perikatan Nasional as the fifth component party after Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, PAS, Sabah People’s Progressive Party, better known as SAPP, and Sabah STAR. The individual most enthralled by this alliance must be Gerakan’s president, Dr Dominic Lau, because he is now a senator. However, party members were excited as well because Gerakan was to be part of the governing coalition and the “sweets” that came with it. After three years in the political wilderness, Gerakan’s decision to join Perikatan was welcomed internally. After the humiliating defeat in the Tanjung Piai by-election in 2019, most Gerakan members realised the party could not go it alone. I was forceful in my view, and shared amongst like-minded party colleagues that Gerakan risks continued irrelevance if it did not do a mid-course correction. However, many of us were disappointed that the party threw itself into the political gyrations that culminated in the “Sheraton Move” in February 2020 to generate salacious headlines. Gerakan was only accepted into the Perikatan fold a whole year later despite all the humdrum. I harken back to the fateful decision to leave […]


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