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.
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.