PETALING JAYA: Gerakan may have seen a reduction in member numbers after the 14th general election (GE14), but the fact that almost 80 percent of the 1,859 affiliates have successfully conducted polls in the party election predicts well before the party, say the president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.
"I believe that the healthy subjugation of election retirements from departmental and divisional levels reveals false rumors suggesting that many members have left the party," he said in a statement.
Mah made the comment after elections at the level of the branch office held between June 22 and July 17, and at division level between August 3 and August 19.
"Although the submission of election yields from divisions will not take place until next week, we expect the number of national divisions to remain at around 150," he added.
Mah admitted that the party had seen lower membership numbers after GE14, but said that this was "an expected event" and did not affect the party as a whole.
He did not say how many people had left the party.
"Gerakan continues to receive encouraging basic support after GE14.
"The level of interest and participation remains positive, this is of the utmost importance in our effort to continue our struggle and to re-establish ourselves as a force in Malaysian politics," he said.
According to Mah, the State Delegates Conference would be held in the respective states between the 14th and the 14th of September, with the expectation that the competition for leadership roles will take place in most states.
"We consider this a good sign for the party," he said.
"It is our hope that this festive election will lead to renewal, restart and renewed commitment to the well-being and future direction of the party.
"I urge all Gerakan's supporters to show solidarity and to strive for a new political journey after GE14," he said.