Dr Toh Kin Woon, a central committee member and an ex-exco of Penang, has resigned from Parti Gerakan, as reported in Malaysiakini yesterday, one day after he endorsed Anwar in his personal capacity for the seat of Permatang Pauh .
As I see it, this is inevitable since a “friendly advice” was given by a Gerakan top leader a few days ago when Dr Toh was seen to attend a PKR ceramah in Permatang Pauh .. This leader, CEO of Gerakan, was quoted today as saying he did not know the reasons why Dr Toh resigned. This is typical of his style, which is so “false” and so “fake”, and anyone could read through that this is not said from his heart. A leader that is not sincere has no place in the hearts of the people.
Do you know why Gerakan branches and divisions are so quiet over many of the national issues, even though many of the grassroots are very independent minded and really believe in a fair and equal society? Unlike other component parties and unlike in the seventies and eighties and early nineties , when Gerakan Branches and Divisions used to give out press release and commenting on national issues, no branch or even division leaders have been giving out grassroots opinion openly through press statements in the past few years. His style of giving “friendly advice” is one of the main causes of why Gerakan grassroots have been very quiet on many of the national issues; unlike MCA and UMNO, where Branch and division chairmen continue to issue statements, some of which are even against the national leadership.
This culture of giving “friendly advice’ is also one of the main reasons for the party becoming so inert. His reasons of giving freindly advice is: Do not “rock the boat”… And finally the boat was rocked by the the rakyat and not by members themselves..
I hold him and his friendly advice responsible for Dr Toh’s resignation from the party and the party’s inertness over the past few years.
When the conscience of the party leaves the party, what is left now?
Dr Toh is one of the few that is truthful to Gerakan’s Ideology. But a very senior leader, lets us call him the Mouth Piece, recently uttered in a meeting that Ideology is not important, to the shock of many KL leaders present.. If ideology is not important, then why is he in the party? For “Kang Dou”? For power? For control? For his children? …..With this type of ‘leaders’, little wonder that the party has gone to the drain.
To this type of leaders, ideology is not important, winning the hearts of the people is not important, and the only important thing is to twist and bend to suit Top Leader of the party and UMNO’s whims and fancies. When even MCA realises that it needs to change to a more multiracial outlook, this leader, representing Old Eunuchs, says that ideology is not important.
With Dr Toh’s exit, Gerakan stands the risk to lose whatever goodwill there is remaining from the Penang people. As a grassroot, I am utterly disappointed….
I will face the consequence of this post, since the leader that gave the friendly advice is the CEO of the party. I stand to be chopped, like those loyal officials in the Courts of the Chinese emperors in by gone years, who despite knowing that their heads would roll, continued to give good but bitter advice to the emperors, and often resulting in the whole family being chopped. But as person growing up in an Confucian environment, and trained in Confucian classics, I will not run away from my responsibility as a loyal member, and I stand by what i have said along.
“Good medicine is often bitter”, I end this post with this saying…
Please read: Gerakan and Permatang Pauh: https://hsudarren.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/a-square-peg-in-a-round-hole-gerakan-and-permatang-pauh/