In Susan's blog:
According to PKR information chief, Tian Chua, ex-Gerakan’s MP and Penang state ex-co Toh Kin Woon visited the Permatang Pauh operations centre yesterday at 6.30pm.
He expressed his support for Pakatan and Anwar Ibrahim. He urged Permatang Pauh voters to support Anwar. He also said that for those who support multi-racial politics, Barisan Nasional is already out of fashion.
I can confirm that Dr Toh's presence at the PR operations centre yesterday. His support for a new multiracial or non-racial approach to politics and governance in the country does not run contrary to his party's ideology.
Perak Gerakan's call for the party to leave the BN is an example of a move the party should take if it wants to recover its support base and go back to its basic struggle. Gerakan Women's Chief Tan Lian Hoe, a deputy minister, has made similar call at the state delegates' conference (I was told by an Oriental Daily reporter who interviewed me).
Dr Koh Tsu Koon, acting president of Gerakan, quashes talk of Gerakan pulling out from BN in The Star print pg. N22. Meanwhile, newly elected Perak Chairman Chang Ko Youn said this issue must be discussed at the October nation conference.
Dr Koh and secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye have denied the party's move to pull out. Frictions are expected between leaders who wanted to Gerakan out and those who wanted the party to remain. One of the key considerations for Gerakan to stay in the BN is seat allocation at the next general election.
Dr Toh's stand is very crucial. Should Gerakan continue to support race based politics and policies? Its current leadership owes the people and Gerakan members an explanation of its stand on these issues - UMNO hegemony, racism in BN, NEP and social contract.
Dr Toh Kin Woon has resigned as a member of Gerakan a few minutes ago due to strong pressure.