Sunday, 14 January 2018 | MYT 3:16 PM
Gerakan sets up unit to probe possible sabotage ahead of polls
KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan has activated a special monitoring unit to investigate possible internal sabotage – within the party as well as the Barisan Nasional coalition – in the coming 14th General Election.
Its president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (pic) said the unit would gather feedback from the ground before deciding on the disciplinary action to be taken.
"The unit will monitor for sabotage – not only within Gerakan but among Barisan component parties too," he told reporters after giving a closed-door briefing to Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Menara PGRM Sunday.
Mah said the move was a sincere gesture by Gerakan to show its willingness to work closely with Barisan component parties in the coming election.
Earlier, Mah announced that Gerakan had submitted a list of 45 parliamentary and state seat candidates to Najib.
However, he conceded that there could be some changes to Barisan's final approved list.
"We are still in negotiations with MCA and several Barisan component parties for seat-swapping, involving four or five seats," he said, without elaborating further.
He said 60% of Gerakan candidates would be new faces and expressed confidence that the party would do well.
Mah added that Gerakan was even willing to give up its seats to MCA if this could ensure a GE14 victory for Barisan.
He said this sense of togetherness between Gerakan and MCA was evident in the recent joint rally involving both parties' grassroots leaders.
He added that Gerakan was also confident of recapturing seats that had fallen to DAP in the last two elections.
In the last general election, Gerakan won two parliamentary and three state seats.