KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20, 2015:
State Gerakan Youth legal and public complaints bureau chief Jason Loo’s remark made openly that Umno constantly harped on racial issues, was inappropriate, said Penang Opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid.
The Telok Air Tawar assemblyman said the statement uttered by Loo could damage the working relationship between Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties.
“They no longer have any salvo since the party has failed to gain support from their supporters…Therefore, they criticised other component parties which is not good for Barisan.
“I will talk to them, but not through the media because by doing so (responding via media), it will only worsen the situation,” she told The Rakyat Post.
Jahara was commenting on Loo’s recent statement made during Gerakan’s 44th National Delegates Conference where he alleged that Gerakan’s former presidents had been fighting for a multiracial society but due to political reasons, Umno could not stop playing up racial issues.
He said it was one of the reasons that Gerakan had failed to win the support from voters.
Jahara further explained that Gerakan needed to provide better services to the people instead of trash-talking about Umno.
Meanwhile, Permatang Pauh Umno division chief Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said voiced similar sentiments saying that Gerakan’s failure to win back voters in Penang was the major reason that prompted it to pin the blame on Umno.
“They (Gerakan) should thank Umno because the seats won by BN are held by leaders from the Malay component party.
“Gerakan could not even win any seat, and even if they were to contest in constituencies held by Umno, they have limited influence because the Chinese community rejects them,” he said, adding that the allegation against Umno was baseless.
Mohd Zaidi who lambasted both Gerakan and MCA as “burden” to Umno, said the two component parties had to “act” to win back seats in Penang.
Loo, who contested the Air Itam state seat in the last general election lost to DAP’s Wong Hon Wai.