GEORGE TOWN, Nov 20 — Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dominic Lau said today the party will field 60 per cent new candidates in the 14th general elections due by next August.
He added that the party has identified seats that they will pay more attention to, but did not name them.
“We have identified about 80 per cent of our coordinators to contest for 12 parliamentary and 33 state seats in the upcoming elections.
“We can’t put all our resources on all seats so we will concentrate of these focus seats,” he said in a press conference at the Penang Gerakan headquarters here.
Lau hoped Penang voters will give the party a chance again.
“We hope Penang voters will give us a chance, one or two seats, for better check and balance in the state,” he said.
The party, which is the state Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition anchor, was ousted fully in Election 2008.
Lau said the party will use the Teluk Intan formula—which calls for all party members to unite and focus on victory—to win some of its focus seats, including two in Penang.
“In the Teluk Intan by-election my party president won the seat with a 238 vote majority as against the loss of over 7,000 votes in the previous election,” he said.
The Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election on May 31, 2014 following the death of its then incumbent MP Seah Leong Peng on May 1, saw Gerakan’s Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong snatch back the seat from the DAP by a 238-vote majority.
When asked if the recent floods and landslides in Penang would swing votes to Gerakan and the BN, Lau said they do not see the recent disasters as an opportunity to win back the state.
“Flood is a natural disaster that no one wants to happen and we will not take advantage of the disaster to win back Penang,” he said.
He said Gerakan coordinators have been working hard in the field these past few years and that the general elections will be the time the people will assess their efforts.
Gerakan had governed Penang since 1970 but lost it to the then Pakatan Rakyat coalition in 2008 and has failed to hold any seat in the state since.