GEORGE TOWN: Retaliatory remarks made by Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow against Umno was uncalled for, Gerakan’s national legal and human rights bureau chief Baljit Singh said today.
Baljit said Teng should take criticisms in stride, instead of venting his anger at Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who had called for BN component parties to follow in Umno’s footsteps to recapture Penang.
“If you have differing opinions with Umno, why have you not raised this matter earlier? Where was Gerakan’s loud voices when they were leading the state BN?
“Look at yourself in the mirror. When voters vote, they vote for BN. Not Umno, MCA or MIC. Don’t downgrade Umno for they are our comrades under one party.
“Also, do not forget you are the state BN chairman. Take responsibility.
“This is not a game of musical chairs. If you are not serious, the exit door is there,” Baljit said.
At an Umno delegates’ conference in Balik Pulau recently, Zahid had said BN component parties such as Gerakan and MCA ought to buck up and follow Umno’s ways in gearing their election machinery.
Zahid had urged Gerakan and MCA to adopt Umno’s culture and machinery to ensure Penang’s return to BN.
“Umno is willing to help all component parties to recapture Penang. Umno is not stingy in sharing the party’s knowledge, he said.
“All the component parties have to do is to open their doors to accept Umno’s help. They cannot continue to be arrogant”, he was quoted as saying.
This elicited a sarcastic response from Teng on Umno’s election machinery which had led the Permatang Pauh by-election previously as well as in Kelantan and Selangor in the last general election.
“There is no denial that Umno has better election machinery. Their machinery is so good that they are unable to win back Kelantan and Selangor,” Teng had said in a statement over the weekend.
“Umno’s machinery, under Zahid himself, as co-director of operations, did not win the Permatang Pauh by-election!”