I am posting a piece of news form The Sun on the press conference of Ahmad Ismail, the Bukit bendera UMNO division chairman.
I would like to pose a question to Gerakan Top leadership: What are you going to do now when you are being criticised and chastised in such a manner by a second tier leader from UMNO? What are you going to do when the whole Penang UMNO is siding with him over this race incident?
Like I have often mentioned, just a racist remark by an UMNo leader, not even the top ones, would have negate all the good works done by Gerakan. How are you going to attract “colour-blind” ” Malaysia-thinking” people to join Gerakan now? How are you going to re-invent Gerakan? Any wonder why Tunku Abdul Aziz opts to join DAP and not Gerakan?
As a grassroot, I am giving my humble opinion that there is only one way for Gerakan to go now. Leave Barisan Nasional immediately. You have not been able to change UMNO leaders for the past 34 years, and do not think you can change them now.
This case is a clarion call to wake you up. Do not day dream anymore that you can gain back your glory with this type of partnership! Think of the people, think of the party ideology and your promise of going back to the people. The people has clearly voiced out with their votes that they do not want racial politcis anymore. Please do not think about, at this juncture, the numbers of seats you will be allocated the next round! There are things more important than seats or positions! Think about your own consciense! Think about why you joined politics!
For the party, Gerakan would be small and weak , yes, if it chooses to come out now. But if it opts to remain inside this race based coalition, it is signing its own death sentence!
Out of BN, there is still a chance to slowly build the party up again. Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu fought with only 300 hardcore Gerakan members and won Penang in 1969. Where is the spirtis of ’69? Dr Lim Keng Yaik talked of pulling out of BN and give them one last chance. This is not only the last chance but the last straw. After this, there will be no more straw for you to grasp anymore. The party will sink if you do not act fast!!!
This is what the Sun reported: