KUALA LUMPUR, 10 April 2009: Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon’s appointment into the cabinet was a good sign, said the party’s central working committee (CWC).
In a statement today, the CWC said the appointment showed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s trust and confidence in the former Penang chief minister.
After Gerakan suffered dramatic losses in the 8 March 2008 general election, including its loss of the Penang government, the party failed to secure a ministerial post under former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Apart from Koh who was made senator yesterday, Najib yesterday announced the appointment of two other Gerakan leaders to his administration.
One was Selangor Gerakan chief Senator A Kohilan Pillay who was appointed deputy foreign minister.
Gerakan Wanita head, Datuk Tan Lian Hoe, was also made deputy domestic trade and consumer affairs minister. Tan was previously deputy information minister under Abdullah’s administration.
The CWC said Dr Koh’s appointment as minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of unity and performance management would promote greater national unity and enhance performance in line with Najib’s “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now.” motto.
“Although the three Gerakan leaders’ tasks are heavy, the party has confidence that they will do their best to serve the country and the people.”
The CWC added that Najib’s cabinet was a balanced team of professionals and young leaders.
“They reflect the strength and diversity of the Barisan Nasional coalition which is representative of all Malaysians and all parts of the country.” — Bernama