New alternative: Gerakan man wants KJ, Nurul, Rafizi to join forces

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    Gerakan's Tan Keng Liang has proposed a new political platform which would give Malaysians an alternative other than Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his designated successor, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

    The former Gerakan Youth chief suggested that Umno lawmaker Khairy Jamaluddin, as well as former PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah and Rafizi Ramli, join forces to steer the nation forward.

    “I think Khairy, Nurul and Rafizi should form a new political platform.

    “The new generation should not be forced to carry the old baggage. No longer about Mahathir, Anwar or Umno. Give Malaysians an alternative. Time to move forward,” he tweeted.

    Tan said BN, which Gerakan was part of until June 23 this year, has failed Malaysia while Pakatan Harapan would not be able to implement all the reforms it promised.

    “Our country needs a new movement who will be able to bring our country forward,” he added.

    Khairy had failed in his bid to win the Umno presidency in the June 30 party polls, but has since called on the incumbent Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to step down.

    The daggers have come out for Zahid following the exodus of Umno lawmakers, reducing the party's total number of parliament seats to 38 from 54 after the May 9 general election.

    Rafizi, on the other hand, is in the political wilderness following his unsuccessful bid to unseat incumbent PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali in the recent party election.

    He also did not defend his Pandan parliamentary seat in the last election following his conviction and 30-month jail sentence by the Shah Alam Sessions Court on Feb 7.

    He was found guilty of having leaked confidential banking details belonging to the National Feedlot Corporation in March 2012. The court has allowed a stay pending appeal.

    Meanwhile, Nurul Izzah, who is the daughter of Anwar, had resigned as PKR vice-president and the party's Penang state chief yesterday.

    Her resignation came in the wake of PKR member Latheefa Koya, who is aligned to Azmin, claiming there were elements of nepotism and cronyism in the appointment of state chiefs.

    Khairy, Nurul Izzah and Rafizi have also expressed mutual admiration for each other in their respective previous tweets.


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