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GE13: Veteran leaves Gerakan to contest on his own in Batu Kawan

NIBONG TEBAL: Barisan Nasional's Batu Kawan parliamentary coordinator A. Mohan has quit Gerakan and stand as an independent in the constituency.

The 53-year-old Penang Gerakan liaison committee member and Permatang Pauh division vice-chairman said he was disappointed that the party did not pick him to contest the seat.

Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon had on Monday announced former Penang Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry president N. Gobalakrishnan as the party's choice for the Batu Kawan seat.

“I have faithfully served the constituents in the Batu Kawan for the past four years.

“Dropping me from the Barisan list in Penang shows that my services are not appreciated,” he told a press conference at his service centre in Taman Kasawari, Simpang Ampat here on Tuesday.

Mohan, who has been a Gerakan member for the past 30 years, said he was fed up with the party and wanted out.

He said his supporters had encouraged him to continue his political struggle as an independent candidate in the elections.

“If I win the seat, I will source for my own funds and serve the people well as an independent rep.

“The people here know me well as I have helped solve many local problems, including those faced by the Indian community,” he said.

Mohan said he believed he was a winnable candidate.

“I may consider teaming up with Kita in the election and would be Pakatan Rakyat-friendly if I win the seat.”

In the 2008, DAP central executive committee member Dr P. Ramasamy beat Dr Koh by a majority of 9,485 votes for the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat.

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