Monday, May 4, 2009

Raymond Tan to join Gerakan?

The Edge Daily carried an interesting newsflash that according to the Sabah-based newspaper Daily Express, the multi-racial but predominantly Chinese Gerakan is expected to get two state seats in Sabah.

Quoting unnamed sources, the newspaper said that partyless deputy chief minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiat and Elopura assemblyman Au Kam Wah is expected to announce their joining of Gerakan during a Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders' dinner with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Kota Kinabalu tonight.

The paper said that Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who is a minister in the prime minister’s department, is expected to be present.

The prime minister and BN president is on a two-day visit to Sabah, starting today.

Tan, who is also Infrastructure Development Minister and Tanjung Papat assemblyman, may be appointed State Gerakan vice chairman if all goes well, said the Daily Express.

Several quarters, including the MCA and LDP, had called on Tan to quit his posts as Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Infrastructure Development after he resigned from Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) after it pulled out of BN on Sept 17 last year.

I guess this move makes sense.

MCA and LDP had put negative pressure on Raymond Tan. Gerakan is unsullied as far as that goes. So Gerakan untung!

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