In the NST today, Gerakan Sec-General Chia Kwang Chye said his party is open to the proposal but gave no deadline to respond to PPP.
However, not many within the Gerakan party are taking the proposal very seriously. PPP holds the parliamentary seat of Taiping through its president M. Kayveas. It failed to win a state seat in Perak when its state youth chief lost the bid to a DAP candidate in the 2004 GE.
Many pundits see the proposal as a strategy employed by Kayveas to save his own political career. Talks are rife within both Gerakan and UMNO about the fate of the Taiping seat in the next GE. Kayveas is already sidelined.