Gerakan leader quits from all posts

Dr Thor Teong Gee

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan’s Deputy Secretary-General Dr Thor Teong Gee has announced his resignation from all party posts, after attacks on his character by his party colleagues in Penang in a vernacular daily.

In a press conference at the Penang Club here today, Thor said he was deeply disappointed with the squabble on seat allocations for the next general election, among others.

“I have always believed that party matters should not be brought to the public, as it does not help to solve any problems or issues faced by the people.

“But the repeated attacks against me has left me with no choice but to defend my integrity openly.

“I tender my resignation as Gerakan deputy secretary-general, central committee member and Penang Gerakan committee member,” Thor told reporters here today.

Thor claimed the resignation came after Penang Gerakan Vice-Chairman I Oh Tong Keong “personally attacked” him in the Chinese newspapers.

Thor explained that Oh had told the Gerakan Central Working Committee on July 20 that he wanted to contest the Sungai Pinang state seat. The seat was previously contested by Thor.

“Given the fact that he (Oh) was the acting state chairman and in party interest, I did not mind sitting out of the election.

“I also vowed to assist whoever the Gerakan candidate is for Sungai Pinang. I have been a candidate for the seat twice and failed both times, I have no interest in it anymore.

“Despite all this, he chose to attack me. I am disappointed and hurt,” Thor said.

In an article in China Press newspaper yesterday, Oh gave three reasons why Thor was not selected as candidate for Sungai Pinang.

Oh said Thor was mostly absent from division meetings; rarely met with constituents since the last polls and had “not bothered” to handle division level matters.

Thor, 46, was the Jelutong parliamentary candidate in 2008 and Sungai Pinang state seat candidate in 2013. Sungai Pinang is under the Jelutong parliamentary area. Both seats are currently held by the DAP.

When contacted, Oh said he would hold a press conference tomorrow to give a “full explanation.”

Gerakan, a Barisan Nasional component party, has governed Penang since the 1970s, under chief ministers Dr Lim Chong Eu and Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

However, Gerakan lost to DAP in the 2008 General Election and remained the least favourite in the last polls in 2013.