Yesterday I posted Gerakan hopes to snatch a new breath of life where I mentioned Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang making a timid appeal to PM Najib to have 3rd tier local elections, BUT only in Pakatan States.
His supporters have been extolling his ‘ingenuity’, ‘daring’ and ‘self-sacrifice’ for his boldness ;-)
The cold fact has been that Tan has cautiously limited his request to only Pakatan States because he is hopeful Gerakan could, after being calamitously annihilated at federal and state levels wakakaka, make some headway at the 3rd tier at (he dreams) Pakatan's expense BUT without offending the BN-UMNO MBs, or the PM.
Today we hear of Gerakan at odds with DPM over Zul Noordin where Penang Gerakan chairperson Dr Teng Hock Nan has urged UMNO not to accept the Kulim Wonder into its ranks.
Once again, like Tan’s case, his (Teng’s) supporters have been ooh-ing and aah-ing at his ‘bravery’ in going against DPM Muhyiddin’s open signal to the Kulim Wonder to join UMNO.
Quite frankly there is no bravery involved in Teng’s appeal to UMNO. He knows that:
(a) Unless he speaks out against the Kulim Wonder joining UMNO, his party will be even more dead when Penang, Perak and Selangor voters flog its dead corpse vicariously in a show of anger against a person like the Kulim Wonder being in Gerakan’s BN, and
(b) he like Tan knows that Gerakan as a walking dead has nothing more to lose. When one is at rock bottom (in a very dry cesspool), how more can UMNO push it under?
So let’s not be too precipitously hasty in applauding Gerakan as if its members have finally found their gonads and backbone.