SHAH ALAM – The proposal to amend the Gerakan’s constitution to limit the tenure of the president and state chairmen to only three terms is expected to be decided at the 43rd Gerakan National Delegates Conference (NDC) starting today.
Its president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said the proposal should be discussed considering the three term duration was deemed reasonable, in view of the current political development and to enable the party to remain vibrant.
“Three terms is considered adequate as it exceeds nine years,” he said when opening the Gerakan Life Members meeting in conjunction with the NDC here today.
The proposal to limit the term of service of the president had been raised by Mah during the election of the party’s supreme committee last year but it did not gain traction then.
“We proposed two terms, but delegates think it is better to be three (terms),” he said.
Mah said the party was also proposing to set up a disciplinary committee headed by five party life members, as the party did not have a specialised committee to discuss issues on discipline.
Gerakan also proposed to open youth wing membership to women under 35 years to attract more members of the younger generation to join the party, he added.
For the time being, Gerakan only has the Wanita and Youth wings and the participation of young women is expected to lead to the establishment of a women youth section under the Youth wing.
Mah hoped the decision relating to all proposals could be resolved this Sunday to enable detailed planning to be carried out to ensure the sustainability of the party in future.
“At the moment, it is imperative we welcome views, proposals and even constructive criticisms to strengthen the party, to improve performance and raise the morale of members for future challenges,” he said.
Mah added that it was important for Gerakan to find a new strategy to ensure the party remained competitive in politics after suffering two major defeats in the 2008 and 2013 general elections.
He stressed that the spirit of members was still strong under the “One Heart” slogan and it was a catalyst in his success to win the Teluk Intan by-election on May 31.
In the by-election, Mah defeated Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud of DAP with a 238-vote majority.
The three-day National Delegates Conference began today with the Gerakan Life Members Meeting. It will be followed by the party’s Youth and Wanita delegates conferences tomorrow.
In the afternoon (tomorrow), the National Delegates Conference is scheduled to be held and is expected to discuss several amendments to the party’s constitution.
The national delegates conference will continue on Sunday after the conference opening ceremony. – BERNAMA