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Show cause letter for Gerakan’s Huan

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.

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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 upped the ante by calling for Teng’s resignation as state Gerakan chief after the latter suggested that the government allow former communist leader Chin Peng to return to Malaysia.

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.

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3 Responses to “Show cause letter for Gerakan’s Huan”

  1. peh honkun says:

    Correction, Mr Huan is not a retired Major from the RMAF but only a Leading Aircraft [personnel]. Not even a corporal. He is also not a retiree but merely completed a short term contract service with the RMAF: 10+2+1=13 years service only.

  2. HJ T says:

    All started with PPP. Now it is Gerakan’s turn.

    Anyway, Gerakan should be better off if both Huan Cheng Guan and Teng Hock Nan retire. They are from the old team which lost Penang alongside of Koh Tsu Koon.

    What Gerakan needs is a new set of people. At this moment, all the top national Gerakan leaders [were rejected by voters] in the last general election, except for Tan Lian Hoe (the Wanita chief).

  3. George Cheah says:

    I [think] Gerakan should have a new set of leaders which do not belong to the old set from the last general election.

    People like Koh Tsu Koon, who lost badly in Batu Kawan, Chang Ko Youn (who like KTK lost but was appointed through the back door to a government post), LIm Si Pin who lost embarassingly in Batu, Teng Chang Yeow (the sec-gen who lost in a state seat in Penang), Teng Hock Nan who also lost a state seat…….just too many for me to name. The same also for Huan Cheng Guan.

    What I cannot understand is why Gerakan members still choose [these] to be their leaders? Any views?

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