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Posted on: October 10, 2008

Koh: Take baby steps towards full BN merger
Andrew Ong | Oct 10, 08 5:07pm Malaysiakini.com
Gerakan newly-minted president Dr Koh Tsu Koon said that efforts to merge the 13 Barisan Nasional coalition partners into a single entity representing all ethnic groups would require baby steps.
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This is due to the separate party structures currently in place within the different component parties, he said at the sidelines of the 21st Gerakan national delegates conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

gerakan ndc 101008 koh tsu koonHowever, Koh also suggested a first step towards any merger, saying that AGMs can be held for Barisan at the state and division levels where state and division Barisan heads can be elected.

“At present, there are certain leaders of component parties who are Barisan division heads but they are only supported by their own parties, not supported by others,” he said

This approach, as opposed to a full-fledged merger, will avoid conflict among component party chiefs at the state or division levels.

“Now, in a division there may be (for example) five component party heads. If we want to merge them and only have one head, people will ask who gets to be leader. That issue alone will lead to a lot of dissent and disruption,” he explained.

Koh said many issues would still have to be ironed out to make this a reality but he would raise it at the earliest BN meeting.

Under the present system, elected membera of parliament are automatically made BN division heads while the state BN head is the chief minister or menteri besar.

Single BN party

On outgoing Youth chief Mah Siew Keong’s suggestion that the party holds a ‘special meeting’ to discuss Gerakan’s status in the BN, Koh said it would be carried out at state level.

“We have already gone one round to meet the delegates. We would continue to discuss (the issue),” he said.

Previously, Koh said that 60 percent of party grassroots are keen on Gerakan pulling out from Barisan and become an independent party.

gerakan ndc 101008 delegatesKoh also said that the party grassroots and the public should give time for BN and Gerakan to reform but refused to set a time frame.

“It is like a relationship. When you go out with a girlfriend, you don’t say I want to get married in two months. My goodness!” he said.

Earlier, Koh told the conference in his opening address that he had raised the issue of merging the Barisan coalition into a single entity during a Barisan Youth conference in Sarawak 23 years ago.

He said that the suggestion was accepted in principle and but there were obstacles.

“Now, it is time for us to look into this suggestion, even if we cannot make BN a single party, but component parties can be more multi-racial,” he said.

He suggested that component parties can begin by changing their names, such as changing the M in Umno to Malaysian, Malaysian Citizen Association for MCA and Malaysian Integrated Congress for MIC.

Breaking away from tradition, all the debate sessions at this year’s conference are held behind closed doors.

Elaborating, Koh said that this was at the request of some delegates who wish to avoid media scrutiny.

“We want the delegates to speak their mind without having to worry about what the media would publish. Sometimes the media may not get the full story.

“Moreover, the debates are not representative because the time (allocated) is very short,” he said.

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On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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