GEORGE TOWN, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- The death of former Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Tan Gim Hwa is a big loss to the party, says political analyst Associate Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian.
He said it was now crucial for Gerakan to set up a new direction to boost its leadership and ensure its members still pursue the same political ideology.
He said Gerakan needed direction to face the challenges upfront, adding that it still had many good leaders to uphold the party and bring in new members.
In an interview with BERNAMA, Monday, Sivamurugan said losing party veterans might change the political scenario but strategy plans were needed to ensure new leaders were groomed to face challenges ahead and remain united.
Tan, 76, who had been ailing since May last year, died late Sunday, following multiple stroke.
Meanwhile, Penang UMNO liaison committee secretary, Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir described Tan's death as a great loss in the political arena.
He said the veteran Gerakan leader was very committed in ensuring the people did not miss out on development.