Several Gerakan KLFT leaders such as Dr Hsu Dar Ren, Dr Tan Kee Kwong, K.Supramaniam, KK Gan and others have called a press conference at 10am today to voice their support for KC's decision to accept the appointments from the Penang state government.
The group's press statement was drafted by Dr Hsu Dar Ren, who is a Gerakan division leader in KL. The summary of the statement says:
A group of grassroots Gerakan members have decided to speak out publicly on the issue of Lee Kah Choon, who they feel that should not be labeled as opportunist and political ‘frog”.
They have also decided to give an advice to the party adviser Dr Lim Keng Yaik to stop interfering with party affairs publicly, as was the case over the past few months when he has preempted party top leadership with statements that were causing damage to the party image.
They would lke to remind him to keep to his words that he would not give advice publicly after he retired, and would only speak his mind when his view is sought.
The group also targetted Dr Koh Tsu Koon:
We regret that a capable leader who was deemed to be fit enough to be a potential Chief Minister of Penang by party leadership just less than 60 days ago, is now deemed to be inexperienced and an opportunist. We regret that a capable leader has been forced out of the party as a result of the action by Sdr Dr Lim Keng Yaik. (Dr Koh had casted doubt over KC's appointments and said that he was not experienced or qualified for the jobs).
Thus far, this press statement launched the strongest criticism against Gerakan leadership.
I was told that more than 20 reporters turned up for their press conference held at the Gerakan KLFT head office.