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Last Updated: 3:01pm, Oct 24, 2013

PETALING JAYA (Oct 22): Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Teng Chang Yeow, who is in a straight fight for the presidency post with Gerakan acting secretary-general Datuk Mah Siew Keong, has made a tilt at the “kingmakers” in the party.

In an exclusive interview with Oriental Daily News today, Teng claimed it had become a culture in Gerakan that the “kingmakers” rise ahead of party elections and “preordain” the top two posts.

However, Teng refused to dance to their tune. Instead, he pleaded with them to stop insulting the intelligence of all 2,298 central delegates referring to the coming party elections this Saturday.

Conceding that he had little chance of winning the battle, Teng said vying for the presidency post was the toughest decision he had ever made in his 20 years in politics.

Nevertheless, since the moment he submitted his nomination form, he had faith that he could resist the formidable force of the kingmakers with his own strength.

Meanwhile, he admitted that the kingmakers have picked him as the next deputy president.

In their views, he was too assertive, too decisive, too mighty, too arrogant and hence it would be better for him to take up the number two post, he claimed.

In Teng’s view, in a democratic society, party veterans could talk to him and persuade him, however, if he rejects their proposals, the veterans should not force him into succumbing to their ideas.

“That is why I come forward. I wish to change this mindset. There are over 2,000 central delegates in Gerakan, why is it that the outcome should be controlled by just one or two persons?”

Teng was not discouraged by internal voices that opposed his nomination, including those coming from former president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. Instead, he said, he would put in more efforts to change their views towards him.

Government drops acquisition plan on Chin Woo school

After a series of talks, the government decided to scrap its acquisition plan involving SJK(C) Chin Woo, Kuala Lumpur which had triggered a public outrage.

Instead, the government proposed for the school to use the 0.169ha of land under a lease for a term of 20 years at RM1,000 per acre per annum.

A delegation comprising representatives of United Chinese Schools Teachers' Association (Dong Zong) and the board of directors of Chin Woo had a close door meeting with Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa yesterday.

According to Sin Chew Daily today, Dong Zong chairman Yap Sin Tian told reporters after the meeting that Ali mooted the forementioned proposal in the meeting, however, the delegation did not decide on whether to accept the offer on the spot.

Instead, the board of directors wanted to wait for a black-and-white from the government before referring the proposal to the relevant parties for an in-depth study and discussion.

After that, the school will submit a counter-proposal to the government.

“We made it clear to Ali that we did not make any promise in the meeting. We must go through a careful study before bringing forward a unanimous opinion,” Yap said.

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