After seven months in the political wilderness, partyless Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan (pic) joined Gerakan which has never contested in the state.
Elopura assemblyman Au Kam Wah also joined the party along with Tan who is the state Infrastructure Development Minister.
What is interesting here is that MCA has been cock sure that Raymond and Au would be joining them. Even Umno lapdog Ong Tee Keat made overtures to Raymond and Au to make sure that the duo joined MCA. Who would have expected them to join Gerakan when the Party was almost wiped out in the last GE. With the lame duck and useless Koh Tsu Koon as the President of Gerakan, even William Hill would not have given out such odds of them joining Gerakan.
What Ong Tee Keat and MCA didn’t know was that they were royally screwed by PM Najib who wanted to make sure that MCA doesn’t get the DCM post as this will give Pakatan Rakyat through DAP a chance to make a charge for Chinese votes in Sabah. Najib and Umno feel they already have their hands full dealing with disgruntled Sabahans who are fed up with BN and Umno. The last thing they need is for the Chinese to back Pakatan Rakyat since MCA, which is a Peninsular based Party wanting to grab the DCM post by default. It’s better to have Raymond, a Sabahan as DCM eventhough under the Gerakan label.
Whatever the case, Najib’s royal screwing of Ong Tee Keat and MCA will not work as the momentum for BN’s demise in Sabah is at hand.