The Central Working Committee of Gerakan is seen as arrogant and ignorant of grassroots sentiments - be it in Gerakan, Barisan Nasional or among the Penangites.
Till today, the DAP led State Government has managed to articulate the land scandal in Penang in such a way that it will haunt Gerakan for at least the next two sets of elections.
Moreover, there are words around Gerakan Penang that warlords are still running the party with an iron fist where trusted "generals" are placed in strategic positions and locations - a move which is unwelcomed by the branch members.
When Major Huan Cheng Guan raised several points in public recently, it was a clear sign of frustration that the Gerakan leadership is not listening and reforming.
It shocked us all after reading that in papers while Penang chief Dr Teng Hock Nan was busy with national politics and interests like Chin Peng's return.
As veteran politicians, Gerakan top brass must know that if we cannot even perform housekeeping and upkeep our own component parties in Barisan Nasional, how can we go out to the public and tell them "VOTE ME" ?
Gerakan must also emulate UMNO's political system where they have an independent Disciplinary Board led by Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithaudeen as well as MCA's team of Party Elders.
The Central Working Committee of Gerakan must present their justification on why the decision was made to suspend Huan.
It must also be told whether the decision was made unanimously or it was a divided one. Either one, a justification is vital because the grassroots in Gerakan and other Barisan Nasional component parties are unhappy with the way Gerakan is run now.
Heads must roll, if necessary. Not only in CWC but in Gerakan leadership where warlords must release their grip and allow their members to work together for the party.
I have yet to hear MCA's offer to Huan to join the party, unfortunately. This stalemate must end soon.
I wonder if Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek will go to Penang to hear the matter out as a BN Chief Coordinator after his recent Bakri - Muar trip (not as MCA leader since parties do not interfere with each other's matters).
Barisan Nasional component parties must welcome Huan with open arms as he is still a BN man inside out.
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