PETALING JAYA, 1 June 2009: Gerakan will issue a show cause letter to its vice-president Huan Cheng Guan for making statements that have “tarnished” the party.
These statements include his threat, made through the media, to leave the party in three weeks.
Huan (Source: batu-
kawan.com.my) Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow said the party’s central working committee (CWC) has decided to take disciplinary action against Huan for these remarks, adding that Huan must reply to the show cause letter within 14 days.
Teng said the CWC, which met yesterday, discussed Huan’s intended resignation but noted that the vice-president has not tendered any notice of resignation. He had only talked about resigning in newspaper reports.
“While respecting Huan’s rights to express his views, the CWC viewed his recent media statements, particularly those ridiculing the party in the vernacular press, as having gone overboard and badly tarnished the party’s image.
“His action has caused dissension and division in the party, which is unacceptable to the CWC,” Teng said in a press statement today.
The CWC said criticism and disagreements should be voiced through party channels and not through the media.
Huan, when announcing his plans to quit Gerakan, said he would do so because he was disappointed with the party leadership, including with fellow vice-president and Penang Gerakan chief Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nam.
A few days before Huan said he would quit, Bernama reported that there were cracks in Penang Gerakan over Teng’s choice for a party coordinator in the constituency. Huan is also from Penang and was a former Member of Parliament for Batu Kawan. He has accused the state leadership of being out of touch with the grassroots.
Huan, a retired major from the Royal Malaysian Air Force, said he had been involved in operations against the communists and witnessed their cruelty, and the sacrifices of the Malaysian soldiers who fought against them.
He said the Barisan Nasional leadership should act against Teng for proposing Chin Peng’s return, which he claimed had caused Gerakan to appear ignorant of history.