The thorn is trying to go deeper


After discussing with many friends and KL members, I have decided to go for a central committee contest in Gerakan, even though the chances are not that bright.

I have been a thorn in the skin, but this thorn in the skin has been able to attract the attention of many of the grassroots members (unfortunately many are not delegates), and some of the blogging public.

Now this thorn is trying to go deeper into the flesh, to cause more pain. Only with more pain will a person seek treatment, and only with treatment can there be some hope for the party.

Just 2 days before i made the decision, I sent a letter to all the leaders . I cannot divulge what is inside because this is not an open letter but I can reveal the 7 observations that I have put into the letter. These are:

1. Gerakan faces a bleak future whether it is in or out of BN.
2. Gerakan cannot hope to regain Penang at least for the next term
3. Many members will quit no matter whether we stay or move out of BN
4. UMNO Penang would no longer support Gerakan like before, and to rely on BN to win in our traditional seats will be a delusion.
5. Gerakan still has a good brand name, but the good brand name may be tainted more and more the longer it remains in BN
6. Unlike PPP, or Pekemas or those mosquito parties that I cannot even recalled that became history, , Gerakan has a stronger network, better finances, and more importantly, we still have a group of loyal members who believe in our struggle and our ideology.  I , for one, would not hesitate to devote more of my time to help strengthen the party. But if the party is inside BN, whatever good we do will be futile, if UMNO culture remians.. AH Mad Is Mail case is one good example, and there are many many more AHmads in UMNO.
7. Gerakan ‘s ideology is still attractive to many people, including the intellectuals, NGOs, people in the civil society, and even lay people in the streets.More importantly, it is increasingly being accepted by the younger generations, who will become the biggest voting bloc in the next as well as future GE.
No one can dispute these 7 points and based on these 7 points, Gerakan should really be on its own.
I have never fought for any position in the party. I have been offered to consider going for KL chairman which I could have won, but I have turned down.                                                                                                
So this is the first time I am fighting for a central committee post, for the reason stated above, to try to cause more pain so that the party will seek treatment. Before when the party was strong and had many elected positions, I have never offered myself to go for CC, because people might interprete that I came into party for positions. BUt this time, when Gerakan has lost everything, it is time for me to voice out what the grassroots want                                                                        
There are 40 contestants for 18 positions, and 9 of these will be going to the various State chairmen, and 2 or 3 probably go to wanita quota.. So the battle is going to be tough, and foresee a lot of resistance to get elected. 
Anyway I am not campaign hard, just the usual sms and some printouts to distribute. I will use myself to gauge the sentiments of the  delegates.
It may be an impossible task, but i will give it a try. In the slim chance that I win, I will give myself a time frame.     
It is a good sign that there are many Indians and even a Malay candidate for the VP position. It is a good start.
To be fair for other contestants who are all fellow members, I shall not use my blog or my column to canvass any votes…….I will just let members decide. So I have told Shannon Teon of Malaysian Insider that I will not comment on Gerakan issues the next one week, unless special circumstances make me to do so.

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 13:21:41

    Go for it. Dr. Hsu. You will regret later, if you have not.

    I think you are realistic, your chance is slim. Since
    Koh Tsu Koon is confirmed real president of Gerakan, he will block you. He is a person who do not take criticism.

    Personally, I think you are wasting your time. KTK will appoint his own people to the CWC. He will do what he want to do. Which is nothing.

    But it is better to try and fail and not to do anything at all.



  2. Dr Hsu
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 13:35:49

    klm, thanks, ‘better to try and fail than not to do anything at all” well said..


  3. A true Malaysian
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 13:55:47

    It is a surprise to me, Dr. Hsu. You really in ‘deep love’ with Gerakan. If you choose the easy way out, you should have join PKR and DAP where their multiracial politics are more thriving than that of Gerakan.

    Anyway, it is a good try for you to contest for a position in Gerakan CC, as it will be a uphill battle. But who know, those delegates will vote you in if their found their senses on that day.

    What will you decide to do if you fail in your attempt?


  4. Vincent Ho
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 14:42:01

    Go for it, for not many want to be a torn but it’s necessary for one to be…It’s a good reminder to the one who feel the pain knowing the need to change n listen. The more the pain is felt the MUST listen and change is more prevalent.

    I too contemplated to stand in the party election (PEMUDA) and would be considered as an outsider if I join the fray…being non-align to any side but to work and trying to bring back the party’s basic idealogy to the fold.

    Somehow, we have lost the grassroots support in the follow thru of the recent 308 GE. Many of my friends who are not with the mainstream parties are more incline to PR…seeing it a more viable component then BN. As UMNO becomes more arrogant n forgetting it’s need to work with others to bring a UNITED Malaysia.

    The people on the street are more easier to be sway with propaganda of a better life and government thru the present media and world wide web as information is easier to get (lies or truth). Many of us do not read or like reading the finer prints of the real situation that besets us since Aug 31 1957.

    History is for us to remember our struggles as a Nation…a UNITED nation of Malays, Chinese and Indian who stood together asking the British for our Independence. We did fought and shed blood with the communist and during the Confrontation to protect our Independence, and yet not many remember it.

    Let us return to our fundamentals…the 5 pillars of Rukun Negara.

    Our forefathers has an inside of the future of the young nation that perhaps something like disunity might happen…and happened it did in 513, 69. Fragile it is our ties of brotherhood but we MUST protect our UNITY will all cause less we let our invisible enemy to invade and capture us all.

    I for one like to see PGRM return to it’s basic fundamental idealogy and reinvent it’s branding…as a real multi-racial party that sees an equal opportunity for all in it’s fold.

    I congratulate you for the few that stand up to be counted.


  5. FROG
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 16:38:42

    I fully support you. We need different voices in the party and reasoned arguments. Malaysians must learn to accept differences in opinions and do not take criticisms as personal attacks. We must learn to accept criticisms.


  6. pohwatchdog
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 17:40:56

    Gerakan delegates can make their decision rationally and intelligently. Gerakan need people that have gut to voice out the shortcoming in government policy. Each and everyone have the role to play. You have my support and go for it.


  7. Frank
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 18:08:28

    Knowing it’s impossible yet you try, this is positive action attributed to an ambitious man of success! I do feel the same that Koh Tzu Koon will make every efforts to prevent you from getting into the CC for he fears to deal with a thorny man like you! Like CKC, he has to be thrown out since he refused to drink the same cup of tea with KTK!

    There might be a turning point, due to more members will quit as anticipated, KTK will hob-nob with you probably to offer some high position same like he has offered CKC!

    After all he might have realized, a bee hive without honey no longer is attractive to those honey seeking bees anymore!


  8. Dr Hsu
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 18:36:45

    FROG, Vincent, Frank, Pohwatchdog, A True Malaysian, thank you for the understanding and support.


  9. veonszu
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 18:53:32

    Dr. Hsu,

    Many members, delegates or non-delegates are with those who are dare to speak his/her mind. This party election is interesting and essential. It sis indeed heartening to see so many dedicated members, especially Indian and Malay members came forward to volunteer their service.

    This may be the worst time of Gerakan and yet it could very well be the best time for Gerakan to break away from the “Old politics”.

    Dr. Hsu you have the support of those concerned members (me included). Let this contest be “the finest hour of Gerakan” !


  10. Dr Hsu
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 20:54:09

    veonszu, thank you.


  11. Low Keing Hooi
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 21:19:55

    Hope my vote given to you may let you illuminate the party from the darkness!


  12. Dr Hsu
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 21:23:37

    thank you Keing Hooi. And there will be a time frame.


  13. Rights for all
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 21:49:27

    During “What You Say” on RTM2, KTK was very evasive on the question of leaving BN. Gerakan or rather KTK has nothing more to lose. He will have Gerakan stick with BN hoping Najib can do wonders once he’s PM….clearly a sign of weak leadership shown by KTK. Why hope when there is no hope with Umno led BN.


  14. cl tan
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 21:49:29

    Dr Hsu,

    I have been following your blogs regularly.

    After listening to Gerakan new President Dr KTK at RTM2 on What Say You program this evening,
    I realised that Dr KTK’s have not given us a strong party direction message nor any clear indication on the time frame to make a critical decision whether to stay within or pull out from BN.

    PPP, another mosquito party or rather irrelevant party in BN, have already decided that they will stay put in BN, presumably for obvious reasons.

    I see the rationale of your 7 points. Gerakan is in dilemma !


  15. alpine108
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 22:29:03

    In USA, I believe there are many Republicans who did not agree with Bush policies particularly the Iraq war. But, we never see crossing over of memebers to the Democratic party.

    They hold on to their party and are trying very hard to fight against Obama though they know Bush policies are not doning any service to them.

    And I am happy that they are still quite a number of Gerakan memebers are holding this principle and not leaving in time of difficulty.

    Jumping ship whenever there are some troubles brewing lacks political principles and personalities.

    And I hold that if one can’t contribute in the 1st ship, I think he/she can’t do much too with the 2nd or the 3rd too…

    To me,If Gerakan fails, its the whole membership fails, not the leaders. As its the members who choose the leaders.

    So, keep talking your ideas, and you shall attract enough of like-minded forces to make things happen.

    A Gerakan supporter from Penang.


  16. yh
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 22:33:31

    alpine 108

    there’s nothing wrong in moving on if the party has deviated from its ideology.
    dr hsu, will fight but as he said, there is a time limit.
    i wish dr hsu well and best wishes in his endeavour for a place in the central committee.


  17. A true Malaysian
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 23:14:53

    After all the talking about whether to stay or pull out of BN, the coming Gerakan National Delegates Conference is not going to discuss this issue of important. I just can’t understand this.

    This only shows what type of present leaders Gerakan have currently.

    Dr. Hsu, from the comments so far, it seems that many Gerakan members are campaigning for you. It will be an eye opener for you to know how, what and why these people can act so naively from general public if you are elected to the coming CC.

    Good luck, the going gets tough and the tough gets going.


  18. Justin Choo
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 23:32:40

    Aiyooooh Dr Hsu,

    Your thorn may be very sharp, but the flesh is rotten to the core.
    You’re not going to say thank you this time! 🙂


  19. romerz
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 00:18:51

    Dr Hsu,

    I was very surprised when KTK won unopposed. I would have thought with the many views within the party, a challenger could be found to force KTK to make his stand. Someone who makes it his platform to take Gerakan out of BN and push the ball back to KTK to agree or disagree.

    Had KTK agreed with the challenger then the challenger could have withdrawn after making KTK commit. Unfortunately, the opportunity was not taken and those who would like to reconsider BN membership WITH a time frame only have themselves to blame. Poor politics if I may say so (of course it easy for me to say from the sidelines).

    As for your challenge for a position within the central committee, I would have thought less of you had you not taken up the challenge despite your vocal stance. I’ve been following your forum for months now and I know you have strong views about the party and Malaysian politics (all of which I agree) and had you not taken this opportunity to stand out and be counted, you would have made yourself no different from those who seek to undermine you from behind the cloak of anonymity or from behind a ‘big name’ ……. I’m referring to the eunuchs.

    Doc, I’m very proud of you for making this challenge. I think you would be pleasantly surprised when the final tally is in. Whilst I do not know the party delegates enough to make a prediction, I dare say that you would be amongst the middle to front runners.

    One thing I’m very curious about your post with its almost apologetic heading. Why do you consider yourself a thorn? I would have thought that with your loyalty and yet with clarity of mind, you would be the flesh of the party.

    And another thing, not using your forum to spell out what your thoughts are for the future of Gerakan because of ‘fair play’ is only setting back democracy for the party.

    Doc, sorry for saying this but democracy works best when people have full access to information to those who would like to represent them, their beliefs, direction, commitment, etc.

    After all, at the end of the day, we the ordinary folks would like those we trust to represent us to be capable of using all means allowed to fight for what we aspire to. Forget the nice guy stuff doc. For too long Malaysian politics have suffered because of not wanting to go against the establishmentsoft Malaysian culture but all you have to do is look at the country today to realize that whilst it may keep the peace, it has retarded Malaysia’s progress as a democracy.

    Doc, if I may, can I participate at the party AGM vicariously through you? I understand that observers are welcome to the AGM for the public part. I’m seriously thinking of going down to KL for the AGM and stand by your side if that is what you wish and if you could sponsor a pass for me with the Secretariat.

    I leave it to you to decide. Let me know here or by SMS. You have my TOTAL support to walk the talk. If you think I would be more of a hindrance to you then do not hesitate to let me know. I will understand.


  20. Hostage88
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 10:41:02

    I am from Sarawak. The continued right of BN to govern the country and is very dependant on who govern Sarawak as Sabah is very volatile.

    The ground feeling in Sarawak is shifting and well before the Tsunami of march 8, already a number of urban seats fell.

    The job looks easier now as the recent Economic Crisis has affected more Bumiputras than non Bumiputras (not to say non bumi are not affected) and many are hoping to earn a few extra dollar by sending their children to sell vegetables, fruits and nasi lemaks along five-foot way.

    I know quite a few Gerakan people as well as I know MCA and UMNO guys. Gerakan is not a very bad party. Well at least they are better than MCA, but if they remain in BN, they will continue to be silenced and I am afraid they will face extinction come the next GE and depend on the patronage of UMNO to hand out Senatorship to have a sense of credibility to the Rakyat by claiming well … Gerakan is represented in the Government as a Office Boy.

    Doc. Go for it and I hope you win.

    And Romez, nice piece of Letter to KTK and I really hope he take Toh Kin Woon’s advice and this is one person, I know from Penang Gerakan as a man of Principles.

    MCA Penang will continue to depend on the Triads for support and people in Triads will jump where their rice bowl is.


  21. A true Malaysian
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 10:48:29

    Dr. Hsu,

    Regarding your latest update on you would not use The Malaysian Insider to canvass for votes, that is fair enough. But, I think it is your right to do that in your own blog, i.e. this forum.

    Even Ong Tee Keat and Chua Soi Lek doing so in their own blog. Why not you?

    Maybe when you are in CC, you will find the ‘thorn’ in the flesh that is rotten to the core as commented by our friend Justin Choo. Justin Choo is a Penangite based in Penang, which was Gerakan base. His comments do carry weigh here.

    Maybe you should regard yourself as a ‘butcher’ instead of ‘thorn’ when you are in CC.


  22. nick
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 11:18:41

    Dr. Hsu, as a faithful reader of your blog and an admirer of your intellect and wisdom, let me wish you every success in this endeavor. Politics is too important to be left to the unprincipled men and women found in most parties. Whether we like it or not, Politics affects everyone of us. A good and strong leader will make and shape the destiny of a Nation but alas Malaysia has been cursed by having a flip-flop low-IQ guy like AAB surrounded by so many inept and corrupted leeches from UMNO and eunuchs/ slaves from the MCA, MIC, Gerakan and others from East Malaysia. When you are voted into the central committee, I hope you raise hell and thunder and push a positive agenda without fear or favor. No Risk, No Reward; No Pain No Gain. Go for it Sir!


  23. LHHeng
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 11:46:11

    As I have said, Gerakan has TWO options.
    One is to quit BN immediately as an Independent and the other is to consider joining PKR to fight these racialistic, arrogant, cheaters etc.. leaders running the government.
    Otherwise , Gerakan is as good as gone. That is a fact.

    Dr, you are doing a great service to the rakyat in your blog. Please keep it up. I really appreciate your sacrifices even though you have a tremendrous amount of personal things to take care of.
    Bless you!!


  24. Gerakan Watcher
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 12:27:41

    What is need to be done for Gerakan? We need more outspoken leaders that help Gerakan to regain their political support from the mass. What PPP have in their present day situation is entirely different from Gerakan?

    Gerakan can play their role as opposition today in PR lead state. Gerakan delegate need to make a wise decision and parrotting. Use your vote wisely and choose a capable team. Gerakan is the founding members of BN. Why should we leave BN? UMNO is reforming and PR are having sleepless night about the future with the changing scenario in UMNO.

    Dr. Hsu, go ahead and voice your opinion. KTK can stomach a lot more dissent voices. We work for a fair and just society


  25. KongKor
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 14:01:29

    Dr Hsu,

    Although you releases only 7 points, those are very relevant points and I guess what you have with-held must be very “to the point”.

    As a Penang Kia, the sentiments is that the current DAP led state government is doing a real good job and you are very right that it’s going to be an uphill battle in the next GE.

    As an onlooker, I have my doubt that the new CEO of your party has any credibility left in him after the the AhMAD episode. “Pai Sei Ka Bo Bin, Su Lang Bo Su Tin, Su Tin Kua Char Bin”. Another recent case in point is the ISA detention of Sin Chew reporter, YB Theresa Kok and RPK. ‘Chiu Kong, Lang Par Song” only. To the general public, it’s all rhetoric or NATO, as usual!

    Nevertheless, I presume or it is publicly perceived that there were too much dirty linen and that a backlash aka SAPP Yong will come into play if Gerakan pulls out of BN…obviously this is just the perception and perception matters most. I have my reservation if Gerakan is still a good brand as the brand is not as competitive as it used to be and it has lost it’s most important brand value…i.e TRUST.

    What can Gerakan do within BN? Even Zaid Ibrahim as a Minister cannot change from within UMNO. In the eyes of the rakyat, Zaid Ibrahim is a man of principle and dignity and really walk the talk. Now Dr Hsu, are you going to walk your talk?

    The fact is that all my family members (30 odd members) voted for CHANGE on March 8.


  26. Dr Hsu
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 14:21:22

    KongKor, ‘kamsie lu’.

    I am not as great as Zaid Ibrahim, but i have my consciense.

    I will walk my talk, and that is how I was in KL Gerakan, too. My division has the most reformist, all likeminded persons. KL has also a lot of the ‘dissenting’voices , and I would like to think I have played a little part in influencing all these.

    But I ask for a time frame. If within part of the time frame , I can push through 5 of the 20 items(this is just a example but there might nbe even more things that i need to push through), I will continue pushing. If by within the timeframe , I cannot even push through one, I will quit politics. This is because if I can push through 5, then the chance for pushing the other 15 through will be better since one thing normally leads to another. Change may need time, but not a long time of course.

    I cannot define my time frame now, because I do not know what I am up against, but it will not be longer than a year, and might be much much shorter if there is nothing that I can push through. I may be no Zaid Ibrahim, but I will try to emulate him.


  27. Dr Hsu
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 15:30:00

    Justin, the flesh may be rotten, but the thorn will be sharp enough to cut out the rotten flesh and let new flesh grow again.

    I thank you sincerely but there is still hopein Gerakan, because if youmeet the grassroots who are just ordianary people in the country, you will know most of them have views similar to you and I. It is just that they have no channel to voice out. Not all grassroots are delegates and not all delegates have the chance to speak, or even to meet up each other.


  28. Justin Choo
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 17:02:56

    Dr Hsu,
    Point taken. Reluctantly, I too have to wish you well in this coming election!


  29. jamesloh
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 22:14:47

    dr hsu, have fun and it a joy ride


  30. Dr Hsu
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 11:29:19

    thank you all of you for the kind words and encouragement. I also shudder to think that, in the small chance tht I get elected, the responsibility on my shoulder will be very great, to voice out without fear and favour.


  31. Vincent Ho
    Oct 08, 2008 @ 00:18:36

    It only takes a spark to get the fire going. A light in the darkness by a lone candle is what needs to shine thru these gloomy days after GE 308.

    A voice how faint is still a voice, as silence can be deafening. Be how small, how alone, you can always count that there’s always people by your side.

    I’ll be there not as a delegate to the main body but a delegate to the youth who would also wish the same be the outcome in PEMUDA.

    Come the day of battle, arise all men who stands for change, Arise…and bear arms and be counted.

    Dr. Hsu you are not alone…SATU HATI!


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