Press release by Some Gerakan grassroots members

A group of grassroots Gerakan memebers have decided to speak out publicly on the issue of Lee Kah Choon, whom they feel that should not be labeled as opportunist and political ‘frog”. 

They have also decided to give an advice to the party adviser Dr Lim Keng Yaik to stop interfering with party affairs publicly, as was the case over the past few months when he has preempted party top leadership with statements that were causing damage to the party image. They would lke to remind him to keep to his words that he would not give advice publicly after he retired, and would only speak his mind when his view is sought .

I have drafted the press release for the group in both English and Chinese and I will post it below:

Press release by a group of Parti Gerakan members: 

Press Release    by a group of KLFT Gerakan leaders  29 April 2008

 

1. The people have spoken. Barisan Nasional, including Gerakan, has suffered a big loss.

  We, as members of Parti Gerakan, are of  the view that Parti Gerakan  should accept and respect the people’s choice .We should be humble and listen to the voice asking for change. We should  find out why we have lost and take corrective steps to overcome the weaknesses .

 

2. We must realize politicians’ first priority is to the people. People’s interest must come first.

 Individuals can come and go but the people’s interest must always be defended and the people’s welfare must always be upheld.

3. The political scenario has changed. This change has come amidst many new challenges facing the country. These include the hefty increase in food prices due to world wide food shortage; the increase in energy costs due to the ever-rising petroleum prices; the inflationary pressure that you and I as ordinary citizens are facing.

 Other challenges include a sluggish economy due to a world wide slowdown as a result of recession in the United States.

 We also need to work hard to reform our Judiciary, improve governance, tackle corruption and improve the crime situation in the country.

4. As a result of these challenges, we need to make the country more productive. As Malaysians, we must pool our resources together to further develop the country and bring in new investments, create more employment and move up the technological ladder in industries.

5. To achieve these goals, we need to have the best available persons working together.

 6. This is the time for more work, and less politicking. We must cut down on politicking, and those in power and those in opposition must be prepared to work hand in hand to bring more development to the people and improve the economic status of the people, thus ensuring prosperity and raising the standard of living of the people.

 7. In this context, we view Sdr Lee Kah Choon’s acceptance of the directorship of Penang Development Corporation and the executive chairmanship of InvestPenang as something that is beneficiary to the people of Penang. These appointments are non political, and his work would be no different from that of a civil servant who is apolitical.

 8. We note that Sdr Lee Kah Choon, at the time of his acceptance of these positions, is only an ordinary member of Gerakan, with no decision making status in Party. Hence, his acceptance of these positions would not jeopardise the party’s interest.  Furthermore, he is putting people’s interest above his self interest . This sort of behaviour should be encouraged and should not be subjected to dispute let alone any disciplinary action. We feel that by his unselfish action, he has created an excellent example of how people with differing political views can work together for the benefits of the people.

 9. We feel strongly that Sdr Dr Lim Keng Yaik, as an advisor to the party and a retired politician, should not have labeled Sdr Lee Kah Choon as an opportunist and a political ‘Katak’.

10. At the time of his acceptance, Sdr Lee Kah Choon has stressed that he remains and wishes to remain as an ordinary Gerakan member and hence there is no ” crossing over’ as in the case of a political Katak, as was the case when Sdr Dr Lim himself joined Gerakan after being expelled from MCA in the early 70s.

 11. Sdr Dr Lim’s action has forced the hand of party leadership to  act and asked for a show cause letter from Sdr Lee Kah Choon. This has forced Sdr Lee to quit the party.

 12. We feel strongly that Malaysians should think more out of the box and should not oppose for the sake of opposing when the people’s interest is at stake. People’s well being and interest should always be viewed above the narrow partisan interest.

 13. We feel that in this new era, cooperation rather than confrontation would have benefited people more.

 14. We regret that a capable leader who was deemed to be fit enough to be a potential Chief Minister of Penang by party leadership just less than 60 days ago, is now deemed to be inexperienced and an opportunist. We regret that a capable leader has been forced out of the party as a result of the action by Sdr Dr Lim Keng Yaik.

 15. We wish to give an advice to Sdr Dr Lim Keng Yaik that he should stick to what he has said publicly, at the time when he announced his retirement,  that he would only give advice when asked for. By giving unsolicited advice publicly over party matters over the past few months, he has done the party image a lot of damages.

 16. Because of this, we ask that Sdr Dr Lim Keng Yaik should quit his post as party adviser and should not interfere anymore in the party affairs.

 17. Perhaps, he should now retire graciously and should devote more time to his family.

 

Drafted by

Dr Hsu Dar Ren

文告

 

1 38日,人民已作了裁決。 作為民政黨員, 我們希望民政領袖,能虛心的接受這個事實,找出失敗的原因,作出改變。

 

2 政黨應以人民的利益為歸依。領袖們要以人民的意愿和權益為根本。人民為先,政黨和個人的利益為后, 這才是從政之道。

 

3。國家正面對着許多問題。物價全面性的高漲。不單只汽油和運輸費,連食品米糧,也在上漲。這同時,美國經濟蕭條,影響全球經濟, 包括我國經濟也在放. 國家正是面臨多事之秋。

 

4。在這關鍵時期,我們應該要加緊努力,提高我國的生產力,盡力的去發展各有關領域,改善行政偏差,提高人民的收入和生活水準。

 

5 要達到這些目標,我們需要最好的人才,全心全力的投入發展

工作。

 

6。這個時候,我們應該多工作,少玩政治。朝野政黨,應該減少政治摩擦, 在經濟領域里,任用優秀人才,為人民的利益服務,致力提高人民的收入和生活水準。

 

7。在這應以大局為重的時候,李家全同接受委任為Penang Development Corporation InvestPenang 董事,是理應受到人民和我黨領袖的贊許的。這兩個職位,不是政治性的,而是好像公務員性質的,負責策劃檳州的經濟發展和引進外資,以進一步改善檳州人民的生活和收入。對人民來說,是件很好的事情。

 

8。我們也注意到,李家全當時只是一個普通黨員,已經遠離我黨的權力中心,對黨的決策,已沒有影響。

 

9。我們認為我黨顧問林敬益醫生,對李家全同的批評,指李家全同是政治青蛙 和投機分子,是误导性的和錯誤的,也是不公平的。

 

10。李家全同在接受這些職位時,還是民政黨員,并沒有跳黨。他曾表示,他會继续當民政的黨員。反觀林敬益醫生當年,是在被馬華開除后,才加人民政的。比較起來,李家全同完全不是政治青蛙。

 

11。林敬益醫生误导性的批評,是造成黨領導層對李同采取行動的原因。也造成李同辭去黨員身份的主要因素。

 

12。我們認為,我國政治,在這個時候,應該跳出傳統的框框。不應為了反對而反對。人民的意愿和權益,才是最最重要的。

 

13。在適當的時機,朝野双方, 應該尝试為人民的利益着想,尝试在某些領域上合作,不要為了對抗而對抗。

 

14。我們覺得一位在一個月前,被領袖認為有才干當檳州首席部長的優秀人才,競會在一個月后,被指沒有經驗,是沒有逻辑而矛盾的。我黨就因林敬益醫生误导性的批評,造成失去了一位人才,真是可惜。

 

15。我們在這里,要給林敬益醫生一個勸告。林敬益醫生應該遵守他自己在退休時的承諾,不再公開過問黨務。他這幾個月所公開發表的言論,已使我黨形象,受到破壞。

 

16。我們要求林敬益醫生,退了就要休。也要求林敬益醫生,去黨顧問一職,以免以后再次的干涉黨務,使黨員無以適從。

 

17。我們希望林敬益醫生今后化多點時間在兒孫上,也祝愿他退休快樂

 

 

 

 

Please also read this post on Lee Kah Choon: The ball is at  Gerakan’s Foot

 

 

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. romerz
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 09:44:06

    And I might add that as a veteran politician with tons of experience, LKY should realize that its simply BAD STRATEGY to force the hand of the party leadership to take a stance which is in opposition with the desires of the voting rakyat.

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  2. novice101
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 11:03:18

    There are 2 major reasons why LKY is able to keep on issuing public statements on behalf of Gerakan. One, as has already been given, is that LKY is not keeping to his promise. Two, Koh Tzu Koon is giving him too much leeway and face. This seems to be a personal trait of KTK. If, KTK doesn’t make a change in this, then it will encourage UMNO to continue treating him and Greakan the same old way.

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  3. monsterball
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 11:36:57

    Expect Lim Keng Yiak to keep his promise….is like telling him to say sorry to Lee Kah Choon. Don’t forget….he fought hard to get Lee in as Vice President of Gerakan.
    Say what you like…..without Lim Keng Yiak…there is no Gerakan. He is the most vocal and brave one against UMNO…whenever it suits him to fire back. Not one MIC man can challenge his bravery…but he is a sly fox….that..he is. That’s why he can stay friendly to all in UMNO…as UMNO knows…cross swords with Lim…they will ask for trouble.
    Lim is also a real hypocrite. He knows present President was a yes man to Mahathir…..and it was Mahathir appointing him as CM to Penang….and if Lim Keng Yiak is a sincere man….he can see how bad Penang has become….totally …a mismanaged city……yet he kept quiet. He had so many years to get rid of Koh…but he also love yes man.
    He was waiting to pass the baton away….as he knows….Gerakan will loose to DAP on the 12th election in Penang. He is not a fool!! Majority Penang Chinese voters were waiting for the election….and the surprise came….Malays also wanted MCA and Gerakan out.
    Lim is making alot of noises…not because Penang is lost to DAP. He does not love Penang citizens that much. Don’t fool yourself. He knows that…….it is his chosen one’s problem HE shouted …..when Koh also want to resign as President of Gerakan…and now Lee is gone. Both these are important to him….as indirectly…it is proving Lim Keng Yiak..
    left….. a very weak party. Had he stood for election…he would have lost like Samy Vellu.
    Lim Keng Yiak knew….without him…there is no Gerakan…and yearning to retire long long ago.
    So lets not talk Gerakan. It is a useless party…mismanaging Penang far too long…although…is one party…that open to all races as members…and become a .. somewhat out-cast party to UMNO. Mahathir was using Gerakan. Lim should know that. So they should be humble…close shop…be smart..and join DAP or keDAILan……so simple.

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  4. Selangor Voter
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 11:38:13

    We need more people like Dr Hsu who does not depend on political patronage for survival and therefore he and his colleagues would speak out based on new thinking “outside the box”. This is very different from the other doctor that has lost his clinical skills but has to survive on pensions and family wealth left over by his ancestors and therefore he has to keep on harping on an issue that is irrelevant to him since he has retired. We really need more people like yourselves in Gerakan or BN to bring constructive and meaningful opposition politics in the new era.

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  5. Gerakanwatcher
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 12:32:09

    Good and well done to speak out for more cooperation, more work and less politicking

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  6. jamesloh
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 12:32:54

    was talking with the excluded yb from ampang 2 weeks ago..those who have made it rich dont need daily bread…they talk from full stomach ..

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  7. Dr Hsu
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 12:46:06

    Selangor voter, thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, people who dont conform to official views have no place in BN.

    We are the so called non team player.

    But as I have always stressed, if the team is not going in the right direction, do we still follow blindly ? Should we not voice out and point out the right direction, according to the party ideology, which should act as the compass for the whole party.

    Now tht I have come out with this press statement, I can expect people trying to give me hats to wear, hats with all sorts of names, like what Lee Kah Choon was given, or like the time of the Cultural Revolution,when people not conforming to Maoist thoughts were all given hats to wear and paraded through the street.

    I am expecting that, but I think I have to aswer to my consciense to speak out against the wrongs…

    Further more, in this incident, the party, as well as UMNO, may have perceived to have won, but in actual fact, people on the grounds are all fed up and blamed the party leadership for their narrow mindedness and partisan politics , like in the 70s or 80s. Some also commented that Gerakan has once again been subservient to najib who wanted the party to take action. Come on, this is Gerakan’ internal affairs, and Gerakan members are capable enough to handle their own affairs. Pls read the 50 odds comments in my post, the Ball is now at Gerakan’s foot.

    The way to go is to win back people’s heart. Not by threat and punishment. If BN threaten to stop all Federal projects in Penang, you think Penang people will vote BN the next time? No, for heaven’s sake. To win back, you have to really work for the benfits of the people, putting people’s interest above everything else. ABove partisan politics and self interest.

    BN cannot be shortsighted. I was formerly from Penang, and I know how Penang people will react to Punishment. They will give PAkatan their votes again come the next round, unless Pakatan does somethign really stupid.

    When a politician forgets that he comes from the people and the grass roots, then that is the end of him.

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  8. A true Malaysia
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 13:05:34

    Dr. Hsu,

    I read somewhere that you are a Gerakan member. I was not sure then as I wonder how could someone like you can have thinking that is very different from those in BN.

    Well, it is good that we can still find someone like you in Gerakan / BN, if not, then the whole BN will be ‘not relevant’ anymore in time to come.

    But, it is definately a difficult task for you guys to convince your so-called ‘top leaders’ of Gerakan to change for good. Even if you guys succeeded, Gerakan still need to face those in UMNO.

    So, it is all depend on you guys to decide whether there is still hope in Gerakan / BN or just opt out and remain non-partisan or join Pakatan Rakyat.

    My view is that you guys should opt out, but it is still your choice.

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  9. Dr Hsu
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 13:48:47

    A true Malaysian, I join Gerakan a few years ago when there was fear that Malaysia might become an Islamic state. I join because of its ideology of nonracialism and the ideology of creating a fair and equitable society.

    But somewhere I found that the ideology was hijacked and ever since i have been vocal within the party to go back to its ideology.

    There is nothing wrong with the ideology and many of the old time members come from the days of Dr Lim Chong Eu and their minds are still fiercely independent.

    That is why our party National Delegates Conference is like that of an oppostion party. attacking the rots that have set in BN.

    You can see the video I have posted speaking in NDC, taped by some members and passed to me.

    But now I personally feel that being vocal within the system would not influence the team to go back to basic, because so much the grassroots have spoken yet nothing seems to have been done.

    I am utterly disappointed. I might just quit and concentrate voicing out from my blog, from outside.

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  10. A true Malaysia
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 15:27:33

    Dr. Hsu,

    I think the best way for Gerakan is to hold a referendum among Gerakan members which direction Gerakan should take to face future challenges, and the outcome of such referendum will reflect what the mass want, instead of let top leaders to decide for the mass.

    Outcome of such referendum should be respected by all. In fact, Umno, MCA & MIC should go for referendum also. There are too many fingers pointing within and without BN parties that to me, are a waste of time and will bring the parties to no where.

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  11. Dr Hsu
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 16:14:27

    ya, that will be the ideal democratic way.

    But it is not easy to convince them to hold a referendum. The central committee has the final say in deciding party affairs, according to the party constitution. I think the same is true for all other parties, including opposition ones.

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  12. romerz
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 16:26:19

    Dr Hsu,

    You and I have been exchanging emails and I dare say we understand each other to some extent.

    One of our biggest complain was that the party leadership was oblivious to the desires on the ground.

    At times I got so agitated that why something so obvious could be missed or ignored by the leaders. In fact, it was you who reminded me that they did this for personal gain which is so reminiscent of all the parties within BN.

    However, I’m now slightly hopeful that things may actually turned for the better. Why do I say this? Over the last few days, the acting president has started to be more visible and making some headlines of his own.

    It could be just purely coincidental but I’d like to think that this is in response to feedback from grassroot members and supporters at large. Whether this is just lip service or a genuine attempt at connecting with the ground, only time will tell.

    For my part, I like to ask you to be patient just a little more. Party elections has been rescheduled back to this year, which we both agree can’t come soon enough.

    So let us wait and see if this time round, party elections is a ‘negotiated’ outcome or a full blown electoral process.

    As you know, my last paragraph in the letter to Tan Sri was a pledge to join Gerakan if the party returns to its original ideology of being multi-racial and a Malaysia for all Malaysians, I will eagerly await the outcome of the party elections.

    If I see it as a genuine attempt to ‘reinvent’ Gerakan and get in touch with the desires and aspirations of the rakyat, I may very well have to keep my pledge and join you as a comrade-in-arms.

    So again, I ask you for your patience about quiting. Continue speaking out sincerely about how you feel as you have been doing. Solicit support from like-minded members like yourself to continue speaking out whenever it is needed.

    I have known Tan Sri personally now for 22 years and I can tell you whatever his failings are, it is not dishonesty nor is it ‘hunger’ for power. If he gets the ‘true’ picture on the ground, I’m sure he will act accordingly.

    To the other readers here who believe that BN is beyond salvaging and the same time, the uneasy alliance of the PR is still too early to be trusted, continue to participate in blogs like this. Only then can we convince the leadership that it is in their own interest to pay more attention to the rakyat and maybe then can we see the ‘original’ Gerakan emerge from these challenging times.

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  13. A true Malaysia
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 17:29:49

    romerz,

    I understand your aspiration to have Gerakan ‘Reinvented’. Let say Gerakan succeeded in reinventing itself, the party still cannot do much in BN as long as Umno still acting as the taiko. Furthermore, Gerakan will still be in 4th position after MCA and MIC.

    So, to remain relevant, Gerakan should join Pakatan Rakyat after reinventing itself.

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  14. novice101
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 17:30:36

    If the BN is beyond redemption and the PR”s sincerity can yet be established, then why does it have to think it has to join either one of them? Why should Gerakan think it has only 2 options available – to stay in the BN or to join the PR.

    If, it strongly feels it has the best platform, the ideal platform, and if, the leaders are sold on the ideals, then it can embark on the political journey on its own.

    Let it ventures out on its own. Stick to its multi-racial stance and build the party from base zero. If, the leaders can show their sincerity, their following will swell with time. If, this can make it the ruling party, then it would be great, but if it cannot, so be it. Isn’t being in politics is about being true to your beliefs and principles? Or am I too naive?.

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  15. A true Malaysia
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 18:00:33

    novice 101,

    Well said. The emergence of 2-party political system will only be there in the true sense if both sides play truly ‘multiracial politics’.

    Assuming Gerakan opt out of BN and not joining Pakatan Rakyat, then the truly reinvented Gerakan with truly multiracial platform will be the other side of 2-party political system, definitely not BN (which I presume will die of natural death if not reinventing in the true sense)

    Pakatan Rakyat vs Gerakan, truly 2-party political system, is definitely a complete option to Malaysia.

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  16. Gerakanwatcher
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 18:57:51

    that is my suggestion all along,that we should be like the liberals of Uk, between the Labour party and the COnservative.

    We can act as a watchdog for either side.

    There is a small party in Germany doing the same thing.

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  17. jughead
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 19:19:20

    Multi-racial party? Please find me one where there are substantial malays join a chinese formed party. DAP had a hard time trying to recruit malays. But on the other hand, there a number of chinese joining malay formed parties. Can their mind set be changed?

    Better merged to DAP. They and not PKR always voicing the release of those in ISA.

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  18. pohwatchdog
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 20:14:00

    Gerakan need to move forward and time to reinvent itself. Let choose capable, dedicated and courage leader like Lim Keng Yaik. Lim Keng Yaik have play his role well for the last umpteen years. Let have courage to speak up and courage to sit down to listen. Accepted the people verdict and mandate.

    Time will tell us whether Gerakan is relevant.

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  19. A true Malaysian
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 21:46:36

    DAP and Gerakan have the same ideology of mult-iracial and Malaysia for all Malaysian. The different being Gerakan is in BN while DAP, Pakatan Rakyat.

    Both parties also have Chinese as majority in membership simply because the founders were mainly Chinese, but effectively, they are still multi-racial in ideology.

    So when Gerakan join BN, its multi-racial feature diminishes simply because, for a Malay, he / she will rather join Umno than Gerakan. To me, this was the greatest mistake committed by Gerakan.

    As for DAP, I believe its leaders are mainly multi-racial, but were painted otherwise by MSM. As a result, few Malays willing to join DAP. But this did not discourage Indian and other races joining DAP. This is clearly evidenced in Karpal Singh & sons, Santiago, P Patto, Ramasamy as DAP leaders.

    Over time, I believe more Malays will realise that DAP and Gerakan are multi-racial in ideology and will be willing to become member. DAP and Gerakan have to work this out hard to win over Malay’s supports. Of course, this is not easy task since there are still many racists around to play up racial sentiments.

    Just don’t give up your ideology, DAP & Gerakan.

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  20. monsterball
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 21:50:09

    pohwatchdog…in another site.said BN will come back to power….through bribing voters with goodies.
    I suspected he is an MCA member…but here…he is showing….he is most probably….a Gerakan man.
    Yes…watchdog….Lim Keng Yiak is the reason .why Gerakan survived all these years. No one can replace him. He is gone….Gerakan is gone. Live with it…..and he will not come out from retirement. He is a sly fox….waiting and waiting for the right timing ..to retire.
    Now no one can blame him….Gerakan carry UMNO balls…to win seats..with malay votes too!!

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  21. romerz
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 22:53:33

    Yes I agree with all those who advocate that Gerakan should leave BN if no reformation is forthcoming after a stated period of time.

    In fact I suggested this to the acting president in my letter of 24 April.

    “If I maybe so bold as to suggest, now is the best time for PGRM to leave the race politics of BN. With its 2 MPs, PGRM’s departure from BN will not cause BN’s downfall. It may trigger another ‘tsunami’ but at least it is in the forefront of something rather than be seen as a follower of ‘big brother’. Furthermore, leaving a ruling entity will only reinforce the perception that PGRM is not power hungry. Leave and vote according to conscience in Parliament. Even if you choose to stay, ignore the BN whip if it is for the benefit of the rakyat and country.

    Do not be afraid of expulsion. Being expelled from the BN will only enhance PGRM’s stature amongst those who want a better Malaysia and desperately hoping that someone with a proven track record and credibility will speak on our behalf.”

    I like to reiterate that I’m not a member and it will be up to the members to decide the party’s future direction. That they are going to do so soon is something I look forward to.

    One way or another, I feel strongly enough that I want to take a more active role in politics and I’m giving Gerakan the first refusal.

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  22. romerz
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 23:20:21

    Dear A true Malaysian,

    There is a difference though with Gerakan and DAP and at the same time something else in common.

    Let me expand.

    Gerakan joined the BN for practical reasons, as governing Penang immediately after 1969 would have been near impossible had they not reached out to those in power at the federal level.

    To a large extent, this arrangement worked as can be seen by the progress Penang made over the years.

    Unfortunately over time, the dominant party UMNO took advantage of Gerakan’s sacrifice by remaining silent to mean fear.

    Luckily the rakyat has had enough and had the courage to reject this ‘arrangement’.

    The DAP also joined the fledgling PR for practical reasons. But unlike Gerakan, one of DAP’s partner in PR is PAS. A party they are ideologically at odds with.

    So far at the state level, this partnership is still working because of population demographics.

    At the federal level, it will be a different ball game all together. All it takes is a smart BN MP to table a bill on religion which will attract PAS support and that DAP will have to oppose because of its secular cause and the PR will crumble like a pack of cards.

    The above are the similarities of both parties.

    The difference is that Gerakan’s membership within BN worked to a large extent until one member became overbearing and took the others for granted.

    In DAP’s case, how long do you seriously think PR can hold themselves together once the euphoria of ‘damaging’ BN wears off?

    It is for this reason that I’m still hopeful that Gerakan must do the right thing now and offer a third alternative.

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  23. monsterball
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 00:53:44

    Greakan will not leave BN…too shameful…to leave and join opposition party.
    If the do…what will they call the party….they are suppose to join? If they leave and become an independent opposition….cannot beat keDAILan or DAP.
    More and more Gerakan members…will leave Gerakan….that’s for sure…making Gerakan truly insignificant.

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  24. pohwatchdog
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 09:56:03

    Life goes on and move on. What we want is leader of courage? Courage to stand up and courage to sit dowm and listen.

    Time will tell us whether BN or Pakatan Rakyat
    is relevant. What the people want is their livehood is taken care of, a place to call their own and qualities of life?

    Whether GERAKAN truly insignificant or not? Let the people be the judge. Mandate is from HEAVEN.

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  25. A true Malaysian
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 10:41:24

    Dear romerz,

    I still hold on to my opinion that joining BN was Gerakan greatest mistake. Of course it was very tough for Gerakan to rule Penang by itself without financial support from federal government, it still can find some other means to survive. Gerakan should capitalise on its sea port then. Just look at Singapore when it leaves Malaysia, they capitalised on their sea port then.

    So, soon after Gerakan joined BN, their power diminishes day by day and alienation of electoral zone further weaken its support base.

    To me, PAS has realised that their aspiration to have an Islamic State would not be realised without the support of the non-Malays. I believe even some of the Malays are not supportive of this.

    That is why PAS has to put aside their aspiration and instead, introducing values which are acceptable to all faiths. Just look at Perak MB, he is a real gentleman to me. PAS will not insist to have a Islamic State by force as this is against Islamic teachings.

    In line with this, Pakatan Rakyat would be able to work well, so long no one party is dominant. Pakatan Rakyat is able to neutralise racist attacks of BN.

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  26. wp
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 14:12:36

    Dr Hsu,

    I consider you in the calibre of Dr Tan Chee Khoon; without fear or favour

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  27. Dr Hsu
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 14:29:00

    Thank you, wp. But I am nothing compared to the Late Tan, who was one of the great sons of Malaysia, and by the way, one of the founders of Parti gerakan.

    He disagreed with Dr Lim Chong Eu when Dr Lim brought the party into BN,. He wanted cooperation with the then Alliance in Penang only. Outside Penang, and especially in the Parlaiment, he wanted Gerakan to speak without fear or favour and hence he objected to a formal alliance. In hindsight, he might have been right.

    By the way, i am not a politician. I consider myself a volunteer of the party because I subscribe to the ideology . That is why I never ask for any positions within the party. the positions i am holding are either appointed or no one else is willing to take up. That way, I believe I can speak without fear or favour.

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  28. Kok Liang
    May 01, 2008 @ 10:33:22

    Why can’t Dr. LKY be like Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu. He retired quietly and since then has not uttered a word though I gathered he is the saddest person in the whole of Gerakan, a party that he founded, was doomed to oblivion by his successors. Dr. LKY should emulate the footstep of Tun and retired quietly and remorsefully. Even when his son was politically pulverised, he opted to remain silent and for this he should be revered.

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  29. jeff
    May 01, 2008 @ 10:50:28

    In Malaysia political system, is it possible for the executive branch of government make up by leader from lesser MP alliance party instead of only alliance party that win the most seats? Like the case in USA, anybody know about it.

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  30. Dr Hsu
    May 01, 2008 @ 12:24:10

    Kok Liang, you have said correctly. Tun Dr Lim is a great man. He won Penang with only 200 active cadres members at that time, from the core of UDP which he founded after his withdrawal from the then Alliance, as a result of the Alliance turning down his request for a fair distribution of seats among the Alliance PArty.

    Politicians at that time, sold their own houses, paid their own transport, and paid for all the campaign with their own money. Even Tun Razak, refused to have a swimming pool built in his house when he knew the pool would cost Rm70,000. He asked the money to be used for the Rakyat.

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  32. Antony Gasper
    May 02, 2008 @ 01:13:44

    it is a very interesting discussion . I am impressed. I may want to give my two bits sometimes. I hope I am welcome. I am not from Gerakan and I am not a member of any party. I am malaysian.

    REgards

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