Gerakan's Teng Hock Nan said the Parti Keadilan's Rakyat's boycott of the swearing-in of the new Seberang Prai Municipal Council president indicates problems in the state Pakatan Rakyat. He said it was a sign of conflict within the loose coalition of parties that constitute the state government.
He wants the conflict to be resolved quickly. A good advice he should use it for himself.
What about Penang Gerakan's internal conflict? The last I heard both Huan Cheng Guan, a vice president and himself were at loggerheads over the appointment of coordinators in Seberang Prai. Huan had threatened to leave the party bringing with him thousands of members (hopefully real members).
State Gerakan secretary Ong Thean Lye said DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) were on opposite sides of the fence on Mokhtar's appointment."PKR wants to put its own man in charge of MPSP while the DAP thinks that giving the post to PKR will strengthen the latter's influence in Seberang Prai."
It will be more helpful for Ong to tell us something we don't already know. If DAP is keen to contain PKR, why would the state government appoints two civil servants to helm the local authorities? Logically, the DAP would have recommended their own members.
Both Teng and Ong were too quick to pounce on a moving target. Their reaction will only help to strengthen the perception of some Penang Gerakan members that the leadership is lost and irrelevant.
Teng should make way for a younger set of leaders if he can no longer command a new approach for the party.