KUALA LUMPUR: Moderation will win the day for Gerakan in the 14th general election (GE14), party vice president Datuk Dominic Lau said on Sunday.
He said the people yearn for a Malaysia which is inclusive, tolerant and progressive.
“Moderation wins elections and it is a pragmatic approach as the GE14 draws near.
“At Gerakan, we understand that voters like candidates who want to get the job done, who don’t take orders from interest groups, and who aren't motivated by self-interest,” he said on the sidelines of the Gerakan 46th National Delegates Conference (NDC) at Menara PGRM here.
Lau noted that even though Gerakan had a dismal performance in GE13, the Teluk Intan by-election win by party president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong had shown that the party can still punch above its weight.
He said the election, for which forecasters had mistakenly predicted a DAP win, hardly suggests a “massive rejection” of Gerakan.
Rather, they indicate that Gerakan may be returning to its former glory.
"Gerakan will motivate its member to focus on the party's strengths and past contributions to the nation, and not be disheartened by previous election results.
"By looking at the party’s legacy, it will offer them valuable lessons on how to serve the people, and how to utilise the mandate given,” he said.
At the same time, Lau said the opposition, under the aloof and arrogant leadership of DAP, is broken and not taking Malaysians where they want to go.
Citing an example, he said the Penang government paid the price for ignoring wise counsel to halt and review all hillslope projects in the state.
“Their own people, Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu and Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw, had provided wise advice, but DAP stayed true to its tendency to ignore honest counsel.
“They let pride determine their course of action, to the detriment of the people,” said Lau, commenting on the environmental problems affecting the state.
Last week, a continuous downpour lasting 17 hours and heavy winds resulted in severe flooding, widespread landslides and uprooted trees which paralysed Georgetown and Seberang Prai.
The previous month, a landslide at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah killed 11 people.