Acting Gerakan president Chang Ko Youn is undecided whether to contest the top post in the coming party elections. He prefers to monitor the branch and divisional meetings before deciding.

NONEThe branch meetings will commence this week. This would be followed by division, state and the party's general assembly in October where candidates would vie for top national posts.

Asked whether he would contest for the president's post, Chang said: "I will assess the situation before coming to a conclusion.

"It is a democratic process so anybody can contest."

Delegates would elect the president, deputy president and three vice-presidents and 18 central committee members.

Another five vice-presidents can be appointed by the president.

It has been speculated that more than one candidate would be filing nomination papers for the top post vacated by Koh Tsu Koon (above).

NONEChang, who is also Perak Gerakan chairperson, said: "We hope to come to a consensus for top party posts not to be contested.

"There is always a negative impact after party contests and we want to avoid such a situation."

In the recent general election, Gerakan only won the Simpang Renggam parliament seat through party deputy secretary-general Liang Teck Meng (right).

The party also took the state seats of Elopura and Tanjung Papat in Sabah as well as Pemanis in Johor. The party had contested in 11 parliament and 31 state seats.

Chang lost in his bid for the Beruas paliament seat to Perak DAP chairperson Ngeh Koo Ham.

- The Malay Mail