Sunday, October 5, 2008


Tsu Koon urged to mend State Gerakan-Umno ties


Gerakan President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has been urged to patch up relations between Penang Gerakan and the State Umno. Penang Umno Liaison Committee Deputy Chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah said efforts should be undertaken to resolve the crisis between both parties. “However, if Gerakan is not interested to remain in the BN (Barisan Nasional), never mind. “If that is the case, we have to fmd ways to ensure thit the Malays, Chinese and Indians continue to unite under BN,” he told reporters during an Aidilfitri open house hosted by Nibong Tebal Umno Division here yesterday. Penang Gerakan has severed all ties with the State Umno after Bukit Bendera Umno Chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail had called on Dr Koh to be stripped of his State Barisan Chairman’s post. On the Nibong Tebal Umno division election on Oct 19, Abdul Rashid hoped the delegates would accept a transition plan decided by the division as he would not be defending his post as Division Head. He said former Member of Parliament for Nibong Tebal Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman would take over as Division Head while Deputy Head Datuk Mahmud, Zakaria and Vice-Head Datuk Ahmad Ramizun Kamaruddin would remain in their positions. Abdul Rashid said division Wanita Chief Sofiah Sharif and division Puteri Chief Jamilah Awang would also keep their posts. Division Youth Chief Shafie Kassim would vacate his post for Vice-Chief Roshidi Zainol due to the age limit, he added. - Bernama