MCA sudah tinggal nama dan sejarah, sebegitu dengan MIC, Gerakan sudah tidak bergerak lagi, manakala parti serpihan lain, sudah tinggal nyawa-nyawa ikan sahaja lagi. Kini PPP bergerak mengikut arus kebangkitan rakyat. Yang kononnya nampak kukuh hanyalah UMNO, itupun kerana berada di persada kuasa.
Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon is going to get taste of what Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud got in the run-up to polls in the east Malaysian state — the constant drumbeat of politicians and the media asking him to retire from politics.
The view in Putrajaya is that the mild-mannered Gerakan chief should step down as head of the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party before the coming general elections if the coalition is to have any chance of wresting back Penang from Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
While Tsu Koon has not been dogged by allegations of corruption and abuse of power as Taib Mahmud, he is viewed as indecisive and a symbol of the BN leadership which was rejected by the voters in 2008.
BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has spoken behind closed doors on the need to rejuvenate the Gerakan leadership with younger talent and acknowledges that BN component parties need new talent if inroads are to be made in Penang, where DAP’s Lim Guan Eng is a formidable opponent.
In its latest issue dated August 13, international weekly The Economist dubbed Penang “the first custom-made city of globalisation” and credited Lim for boosting the port city’s revival by axing a racial special treatment economic policy in the state to create a more level-playing field that appeals to foreign investors.