president Datuk Chang Ko Youn.
said Barisan had to change its approach given the advent of more
younger voters and urbanised areas over the next five years.
the elections, we saw that the trend of urban voters went across racial
lines such as the Chinese voters who voted for PAS candidates and vice
"Currently there are 40% rural voters and 60% urban but this will change in the next five years.
"The mindset is also changing. And we can no longer rely on race-based parties. It is getting out of fashion.
must seriously look at the issue of younger voters across racial lines.
They are looking at transparency, governance, human rights and other
issues," he said yesterday at his first press conference as acting
Barisan, he added, must adept itself as old methods could not be used anymore.
"If we use the same methods, I am afraid that we will have a worse off result in the coming elections.
will face a tough challenge especially from the two more new million
voters "We must look at the long-term benefit and Barisan's survival.
is why I am appealing to component parties to open their doors to those
outside racial lines," he said, adding that Gerakan had always
advocated non-racial lines.
: gerakan should just dissolve it's party and the members can join
other component parties in BN. that is what they should do. there's
hidden agenda by gerakan in making this call. we can merge into one
party but the chinese must accept the One School concept. no more
vernacular school in Malaysia. Are the Chinese willing to do this?