This is not a win but a responsibility

I thank my readers for their congratulatory messages regarding myself making it into the Central COmmittee.

I was unable to post the past 2 days as I was attending the conference as well as going round to thank the delegates for their votes at last night’s Gerakan dinner.

I obtained 977 votes in a field of 39 (one withdrew last minute) vying for the 18 CC positions in the party, and my votes were the third highest. I do not view this as a victory; rather, this is a responsibility to fight for our ideology and helping the party to go back to the people as well as grassroots.

The fact that many delegates supported me showed that most of the grassrooots want someone who is vocal to go into the CC and voiced out on ideology , issues, and the party’s direction.

For the first time in many years, a Malay, Dr Arsharuddin,  stood for the VP contest. This should remind us that the first president of Gerakan was a Malay, Prof Syed ALatas.  Dr Asharuddin lost by a very slim margin, despite the fact that majority of the delegates were CHinese Malaysians, This shows that Gerakan members are actually colorless. Dr Arsharrudin was a relatively unknown person outside KL and Selangor Gerakan. HAd he been more known in other states, he would have made it to be the VP. I know him for many years, and I hope he would not give out on Gerakan’s ideology and continue to push for a nonracial Malaysia.

I would continue to voice out without fear or facour my opinion that the chances of UMNO changing is almost nil and that Gerakan must really be prepared for a life outside BN, and with our resources and loyal members, we could be a creditable third force in Malaysian politics. I will try to engage other leaders in debate or discussions on the pros and cons of leaving BN. I also hope that we can attract more members irrespective of their ethnic origin , as long as they consider themselves to be a Malaysian first and foremost.

Last but not least, I would like to thank those who have voted for me and those who had given moral supports, and also my blog readers who have so far stood by me for the fight for a fair and equal society.

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The debate was closed to the press for the first time in mnay years since this is the way to encourgae members to speak out. SInce this is a closed door meeting , I can’t divulge what happened but I spoke on both days on Gerakan’s ideology, position and future directions, along the same consistent line that  I have always advocated in this blog.  All those who debated on human rights wanted the ISA to be repealed  and Gerakan leaders have promised to push for the repealing not only of ISA, but also UUCA, Printing press and Pubications Act.

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Richard Loh
    Oct 12, 2008 @ 22:12:47

    Congratulation Dr. Hsu for being elected into the Central Committee.

    I am no fan of Gerakan but is very supportive of you being very critical and straight forward in your opinion.

    For you to be able to see that the chances of UMNO changing is almost nil (I would say totally nil) there is still hope for greater changes in our political system.

    Your voice of “Gerakan must really be prepared for a life outside BN” will not happen and can never happen so long as the last baton of the old guards are still around.

    KTK wants the ISA repeal but want another act in place to tackle terrorist. I hope that you can voice against it. Just repeal the ISA and be done with.

    What makes KTK think that the government will not use the new terrorist act against anyone that is working against the government. Just like the Hindraf 5, they simple quote with no proof whatsoever that they are link to the tamil tiger terrorist. When they pull you in under the new terrorist act, all they can say is that you are a terrorist or link to some kind of terrorist. No different from the ISA.

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  2. A true Malaysian
    Oct 12, 2008 @ 22:41:42

    All these ‘closed door’ arrangement and no debate on pulling out from BN were all point to Umno’s influence and ‘give face’ culture that bred through all these years in BN.

    Speak without ‘fear or favour’ is definitely not easy within BN and it is interesting how you are going to do it, Dr. Hsu, since you are not in the ship.

    I wish you good luck in your endeavour in Gerakan CC.

    I also hope that top Gerakan leaders will acknowledge the ‘undercurrent’ in the party. A strong message has been sent to them through the 3rd highest votes that you got. I do not want to see they conveniently regard this a ‘co-incidental’.

    Congratulations, Dr. Hsu. My prediction comes true. You are facing a formidable task ahead of you.

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  3. Justin Choo
    Oct 12, 2008 @ 22:45:09

    DR Hsu,

    Have a pleasant journey.

    My constant thoughts and goodwill will be with you.🙂

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  4. A true Malaysian
    Oct 12, 2008 @ 23:06:26

    correction, ‘now’ in the ship….

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  5. yh
    Oct 12, 2008 @ 23:12:34

    dr

    first, congrats on your CC position.

    one question. what if Gerakan is unsuccessful in getting rid of the draconian laws? Continue the same tagline of being the conscience within BN? Same mantra voiced by UPKO now. Guess, its gonna be the same tagline year in and year out coz I dont see UMNO will ever change.
    Remember Mahatir and the suqui incident? Before election, he said he will consider their requests just to get the votes. After election, what happened to suqui’s requests and how Mahatir demonised them? Do you remember DR and given his ketuanan mantra, you think UMNO will ever change in particular now that Mahatir is behind the scene pulling the strings.
    In any event, Dr best wishes in your endeavour though deep in my heart I know you will end up being disappointed. Never mind, at least you can look back and tell yourself you gave your best shot. Once again, best wishes.

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  6. veonszu
    Oct 12, 2008 @ 23:52:26

    Congratulations, Dr Hsu!

    High votes mean Big mandate. Big mandate brings heavier responsibility. But, Dr. Hus, you are definitely not alone hear.

    In my humble view, a few things require immediate attention and action by the new CC: –

    1. The relationship between UMNO-Gerakan;

    2. The relevancy of Gerakan in the near future; and

    3. The rise of UMNO-style political influence/culture in the party.

    With some like-minded new CC members together with the solid support of the members at large, we should push for reform not only within BN but also Gerakan itself.

    The survival of Gerakan is at stake here!

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  7. jamesloh
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 00:51:24

    have fun ! be yourself and do what you think best .am glad for you

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  8. johj
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 01:07:24

    Congratulation, saudara Dr,

    Frankly speaking, I must admit that with response to PM’s speech that Gerakan will not leave BN during the 21st NDC, the first thing in my mind is to terminate my membership. But on second thought after reading your blog, I felt giving Gerakan a second chance to prove that we are second to none. Dr, you are truly malaysian.

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  9. johj
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 01:17:22

    Dear Dr,

    I know how difficult for Gerakan to change the mindset and ideology of UMNO cos they started from young age. China is no similiar to that untill they realise that communist ideology would no longer applied in a globolised world untill they reform and look where they are today.

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  10. Anak Malaysia
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 03:22:25

    Hii Doc,

    Congratulations… Hope you’ll stay true to your intention and remain vocal as you should to fight for an ideal… for a better Malaysia.

    This will definitely be a long journey…

    All the best Doc!

    I’ll be watching you…🙂

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  11. petestop
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 03:32:30

    Go…go… Doc Hsu….

    There is hope for Gerakan after all !!

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  12. novice101
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 03:53:37

    Dr. Hsu,

    My congratulations on your gaining a place in the Gerakan CC. I hope you don’t turn into a politician for then you will have to play a different tune. All the best!

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  13. Dr Hsu
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 07:56:56

    Thank you my dear readers who I regard as good friends after exchanging ideas for so long in this blog.

    A True Malaysian, one Indian CC was quoted that there were no debate on leaving BN which is wrong. Even one of the very top leaders spoke from the rostrum to urge the party to leave . I myself spoke and so did a few others. The main attention of the delegates were distracted by the votings which were called acoording to nos. during the debate. Those who went to viote during the bedabte would miss out on certain speakers.

    Veonszu, you should have come in either in the main body or youth CC to help fight our cause. I think you have a very sensible thinking and outlook.

    Novice101, I do not consider myself as a politicians, just a social political worker trying to right some wrongs. I will always remember my role as a sociopolitical worker , to help the more unfortunate and the poorere sections of the people as well as to voice out on equal and fair world, meritocracy and good governance. The fact that the grassroots want me to go into CC and the leadership did not put any obstacles means that the leaders are prepared for a dialogue with one of the most vocal grassroots, and I will certainly voice out using logic and points to convince them. I look forward to this meeting of minds, we can do so cordially but firmly.

    Thank you, My difficult journey has just started and I am in fact quite appalled by the heavy burden and expectations of the memebrs placed on my shoulders. I will do my very best.

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  14. Penang Voter
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 09:10:29

    Congratulation Dr. Hsu for being elected into the Grakan Central Committee.

    KTK will not have the gut to leave BN. He hope Najib will appoint him as Minister by being appointed as Senator.

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  15. yh
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 10:42:27

    penang voter

    if there is no senatorship, a directorship may be fine. just like ms chew of MCA (who lost big in the last election) who is now a director of a company under Ministry of Tourism. Well, pay not bad at RM10,000 a month with car and driver provided. wondering whats her role there? Common on, who wants to leave BN now unless it is no longer in power. By the way, Nades of the SUN will soon be in trouble for exposing more BN wastages.

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  16. yh
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 10:48:19

    sorry dr. my last posting has a reason behind it. probably you are the last of the breed of BN politicians for social causes.
    one should go and read lulu’s blog and find for yourself the type of tribal politicians (eg. one by the name of Teh, MCA Klang) within BN. Its sickening.
    Dr, thats why you are a fresh air and deserve to be supported. But, you are a minority fighting for the cause of the majority. Truly, the burden is heavy and again I wish you best wishes.

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  17. A true Malaysian
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 11:36:02

    yh,

    No wonder all these BN leaders still so hard up on BN.

    It was really disgusting to read about the Teh fellow in ‘What a lulu’. http://whatalulu.blogspot.com/2008/10/lulu-will-not-think-any-lesser-of-you.html

    Politicians in BN have the misconception that government and BN are two separate entities but they take it as ‘theirs’ without regard to serving the rakyat who voted against their respective parties.

    Just hope Dr. Hsu could correct the wrongs in Gerakan during his tenure with the CC. Anyone knows that this is not easy task as those BN politicians with conscience like Zaid Ibrahim, Dr. Toh Kin Woon, Lee Kah Choon, Dr. Tan Tee Kwong had tried but given up ultimately.

    To me, Dr. Hsu is another Dr. Tan Chee Koon in the making. All eyes and hopes will be on you, Dr. Hsu. When comes to welfare matters of the rakyat, all should be above partisan politics.

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  18. klm
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 12:31:13

    Dr. Hsu

    My congratulations. Your victory also reflects that many in Gerakan subscribe to your thinking. That is a good sign

    Your mandate comes with heavy responibility.

    But the position also exposes the dark side of politics. It is easy to be seduced by the forces of the evil empire.

    cheers

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  19. Peter Yew
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 13:12:24

    Dr Hsu,

    Congratulations on your election into the Cenral Committee. I pray that you will not only carry your own convictions into the party’s leadership minsdets but also the views expressed in your blog.

    I recently expressed my disagreement in Malaysiakini to your President;s suggestion that BN should be merged into a single multiracial party. May I repost it here:

    Peter Yew: No, no, no! The solution is not in reorganising BN into a single party where the minorities lose their voice and get crowded out of the big picture. In the event that happens imagine what recourse they will have if their interests are not taken care of.

    The major components will again dominate and the troubles will be worse than now – they will have no platform, no bargaining power, no identity to express themselves.

    My appeal is look at the root cause of the problem which is the failure of Umno to recognise and respect the minority interests and give them their just rights as citizens of the land.

    Whether we are Malay, Chinese, Indians, Punjabi, Iban, Kadazan, etc we are all equal under the constitution of the country and deserve equal treatment and not be sidelined. I don’t question the special Malay rights but please remember the other races need their rights too.

    Many unhappiness which are the causes of racial disharmony have arisen because of how the BN government treats one community better than the others. This must be rectified quickly.

    The BN structure can stay as it is. There is nothing wrong with that. It has proven to be workable for probably 30 years until recent years. No one complained then.

    What need to change is the mindset of the various leaders, in particular Umno leaders, in looking after the welfare of the other races with justice and fairness.

    End of repost.

    In our nation we have a tendency to believe that by changing form we can redress our problems. We need to unmask the real threats, confront them, confess to our errors, and agree on how to reform to change for the better. I also disagree with the PM’s suggestion of direct admission into BN without having to become a member of a component party first. There is insufficient thinking given to this idea. One has to understand that you have to part of something to belong to the larger coalition. Can I become a member of the United Nation as an individual if I am stateless? What sense does this make? Is Pak Lah trying to gain political popularity in his dying hours?

    I want to reiterate that the inside must be changed before we can see a permanent external transformation. I hope you share my view and carry this to your CC. Thank you.

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  20. Chauncey Gardener
    Oct 13, 2008 @ 20:11:48

    Congratulations, Dr Hsu.

    Having the third highest vote count (with limited campaigning) speaks volumes on your popularity and election platform.

    Now you have to fulfill it !

    If ever you have doubts in the next few years, just remain true to yourself and remember why you stood for the election in the first place.

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  21. alpine108
    Oct 14, 2008 @ 00:17:36

    Congratulation, Dr. Hsu.

    Yes, well said, Chauncey. Remain true to yourself and nothing else !

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  22. giko
    Oct 14, 2008 @ 08:35:04

    Congrats, doc.

    KTK will appoint Dr. Arsharuddin to the CC to show that Gerakan is colourless but we know better…

    How come Gerakan’s not out of BN when 60% of the members (per KTK) want out? Looks like it’s up to the CC to show KTK the way… maybe out?

    We’re waiting!

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  23. Vincent Ho
    Oct 14, 2008 @ 11:54:36

    Before Gerakan was in BN…it was just Alliance Party aka Parti Berikatan (UMNO, MCA n MIC). After Gerakan join it…from then on it was known as Barisan National. Therefore to be out of BN is akin to dissolving BN as a whole. Gerakan is the founding member of BN and nothing else.

    Putting that aside, we as Bangsa Malaysia should work as a whole irregardless of political idealogy and fundamentals in safeguarding our freedom (religion, culture and language) and peace of Malaysia.

    We should learn to live together as Bangsa Malaysia in learning about each other instead of staying separately. Segregation and polarization is not healthy and should not be practised.

    Together WE Stand, Divide we FALL. Our enemies would use this to their advantage if they were to come and try to conquer us.

    SATU HATI!

    Note: Syabas to you Dr. Hsu…a heavy load is upon your shoulders now…but do not worry…I’ll be there to assist if I see you faltering with the load.

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  24. CYC
    Oct 14, 2008 @ 12:22:01

    This blog continue to provide some consolation and solace to those who are frustrated of the messy and chaotic political scenario. Dr Hsu is repeating the route traveled by KTK, Kang Chin Seng and another leader Ong who passed away years ago, presumably to fight from within. The only difference is they thought of changing BN from within, Dr Hsu just wish to change Gerakan from within. I do not wish to spell out my prediction on the ultimate outcome. But, we still can use KTK & Co’s results as a good reference.

    Anyhow, good show for Dr Hsu to obtain 3rd highest vote. However, beware of those colleague who may have different agenda as you. I have known CC member who has no aspiration to serve but only personal gain.

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  25. A true Malaysian
    Oct 14, 2008 @ 13:28:12

    CYC,

    If I am not wrong, Dr. Hsu is aiming to get Gerakan out of BN.

    We are aware Gerakan cannot do anything if it is still remains in BN.

    Just ask yourself, how to practise multiracial ideology in the racist BN? If you want to change BN, you need to change Umno. Is that possible?

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  26. chinseng
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 00:39:44

    Dear Doc Hsu,

    Congratulation Doc! You win and win big! This big win come with big responsibility of couse! I hope that you can keep updating us on what happen in all the CC meeting especially on reform agenda!

    Doc., in the inaugural issue of GERAKAN matters, our party vision read ” To be the party of choice for all Malaysians ” Can we achieve this vision while we are still stay put and playing our small role in the BN??

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  27. msleepyhead
    Oct 16, 2008 @ 12:14:35

    Congratulations Dr Hsu. You are on of the true conscience of the party.

    Here is my two cents:

    One of the definitions given for paradox at dictionary.com is any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.

    And by this definition it seems that the presence of Gerakan in BN is a paradox.

    Being a multiracial party that it is, who is it actually representing? BN, a renewed version of the Alliance Party, is based on different raced based political parties looking after the rights of each respective race.

    As UMNO is already looking after Malay rights, what would a Malay Gerakan member be doing. Similarly, if MCA and MIC is already looking after Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indian’s rights, what would Chinese and Indian Gerakan members be standing for? Whose rights are they fighting for?

    Historically, Gerakan started as a multiracial party fighting for the rights of all Malaysian, as stated by on website – “From its inception, the party had posed itself as a non-communal constellation of matured and responsible political personalities.”

    So the day it joined BN, it became a paradox.

    So for Gerakan to be relevant in this day and age, it really needs to redefine and state clearly to its supporters who and what cause are they championing.

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  28. Dave Yong
    Oct 16, 2008 @ 13:00:56

    Congratulation Dr Hsu.
    Good that you being elected in CC for Gerakan.

    Can you write something about the election on the youth section of Gerakan? Seems very hot contest…..but Keng Yaik’s son win easily. Any comment?

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  29. Dave Yong
    Oct 16, 2008 @ 13:02:36

    Do u think the youth section of Gerakan is going to improve under Keng Yaik’s son?

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  30. Kok Johor
    Oct 18, 2008 @ 15:03:46

    I just read that MCA propose to lower its youth section to 40yrs old. Do you think Gerakan and other component will follow? And should they follow? Pls write something about the youth section as I am a youth member of Gerakan who is almost lost about what is happening to our party. The last thing i thought of seeing is Lim Si Pin becoming the youth leader. Can u imagine what will happen if he takes over from Koh Tsu Koon? It will be a laughing stock!!!!

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