About the ISA petition

The National delegates Conference of Parti Gerakan early this month passed a resolution calling for the repeal of the ISA.

On hindsight, since it was passed by the grassroots, the party should have taken the initiative to push for a petition in Parliament to abolish the iSA.

 Instead, the opposition has taken the lead and initiated a petition to the PM. And it was unfortunate that the Gerakan MPs did not sign the petition, even though we knew that the whole party, from the top leadership to the grassroots, really wanted it to be repealed.

The president of Gerakan has in fact written to PM to ask for a repeal of the ISA following the passing of the resolution.  This actually means that Gerakan has actually signed a separate petition to the same effect for the same thing.  It was really unfortunate that the Gerakan  MPs did not sign on the petition initiated by the opposition.

This issue was brought out during our ‘debate’ last week (between three bloggers and some of the top leaders) , and the resolve to have the ISA repealed is not in question. So I think Gerakan might have done wrong in not directing its 2 MPs to sign the petition initiated by the opposition, even though its president has already signed one earlier on, and submitted to the PM even before the opposition one. This has unfortunately created a perception that Gerakan is not being consistent.

I have asked our top leaders to bring this issue directly into BN for discussion. If most members of BN want the ISA to be repealed, then the government must take steps to have it repealed. This is working on the principle of the party (BN) directing the government.

All the component parties talk about reform after MArch 8, and one of the most important reform is to let BN dictates how the government is to be run and not just by UMNO alone. In all coalition governments all over the world, the coalition party decides the direction of the government policies, and not just the biggest party alone.

So, it is a good test whether BN can work along this principle by having Gerakan pushing this in BN.

 

44 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KongKor
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 16:33:58

    It doesn’t matter whether the petition was initiated by the opposition or from the president of Gerakan. The bottom line is the perception that the party is seen to be doing the “right thing” for the people.

    Nevertheless, what is so wrong with signing the petition spearheaded by the opposition to debate the ISA? If the debate is for the betterment of justice for all, why divide by political line? Isn’t the elected representative’s job to serve the people without fear or favor?

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  2. Dr Hsu
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 16:43:03

    I have always believed that a political party is only a tool for achieving certain objectives and ideology.

    So at times we need to rise above partisan politics. That is how the people are viewing the political parties too.

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  3. Justin Choo
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 17:01:57

    If the 2 MPs have the clear conscience they would have acted on their own.

    Sorry Doc.

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  4. A true Malaysian
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 17:05:04

    It is apparent that both Gerakan and MCA leaders did not act according to what their grassroots members want them (ie the leaders) to do. I found these not sensible at all since grassroots members were the ones who elected their leaders and yet the so-called leaders did not do accordingly. Instead, they gave the excuses of the Parliament is not the suitable forum to debate on the ISA issues.

    This was just one of the many examples that these BN MPs have no ‘conscience’ at all in carrying out their duties as elected leaders.

    Gerakan and MCA MPs are just hopeless, at least to me. Why should my vote goes to them, I wonder.

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  5. rainbow
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 17:33:23

    Yes, please, can the 2MPs please sign the petition? It doesn’t matter who initiated it.

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  6. kkitsam
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 17:35:46

    I have asked our top leaders to bring this issue directly into BN for discussion.
    ………………………………………………….
    oh please, this issue or any other national issues should have been debated in the parliament, not only within BN. Yet each time these issues were brought up we have the speaker turning it down and BN component parties with the closed door meeting. The important thing is not outspoken, but to do the right thing. If it’s right it’s right whether it’s opposition or BN.

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  7. zztop
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 18:02:10

    As I have mentioned a “brazillion” times. These so called component parties that claim to represent the rakyat are hypocrites and apportunists. They shouted to the whole world that they would repeal ISA. But when actions were needed to do it in parliament, they “dudok diam diam” and acted like a mouse under their Umno masters. sigh………..
    Never seen such cowardice in my whole life.
    How can they stooped so low…
    Enough of them already. Hope they just shut up and close shop for the good of the rakyat.

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  8. nick
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 18:03:33

    Thank you for highlighting this to lay people. The issue is important. The ISA is a simple matter; it is a fight between “good” and “evil”, between justice and unlawfulness, between being civilized and living under good laws versus brute-force and tyranny. The 2 Gerakan MPs have missed the point and with that the voters will not forgive the Gerakan party.

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  9. Rights for all
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 18:46:37

    The consistency in being a lap dog, hypocrite, cowardice and “discuss within BN” aka”discuss behind close doors” were proven after the GA of Gerakan/MCA under the pretence of working accordance to grassroots wishes. Hopefully, this behaviour will continue until the next GE. We look forward their demise and the change of Government. We look forward PR managing the 5 states efficiently until they take over the country come next GE.
    As I mentioned before, perception is everything in politics…whether it’s closed door, behind door, underground….does it matter?

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  10. kristian Ham
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 18:55:16

    Dr Hsu, you fellas in Gerakan and MCA are nothing but a Big disgrace, can only talk big
    all the time. Show us your guts, not your cheap talk. Anyway Gerakan is beyond redemption.

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  11. EvanAlmighty
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 19:12:29

    “Billy Abit Jol is the sole Barisan Nasional MP to have signed the petition urging the prime minister to prioritise the debate on the Internal Security Act when Parliament reconvenes on Wednesday.” – Malaysiakini.

    The parliament should be the only platfrom to debate the Internal Security Act. “BN Internal discuss” has alway been excuse for Gerakan & MCA escape from their obligation.

    MCA & Gerakan have lost their golden opportunity to prove that they have “change” after 308. Bravo! to YB Billiy Abit Jol, the only BN MP with conscience & guts.

    “A True hero is the person who dare to do others dare not do”

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  12. Meng
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 19:31:54

    There are many Doctors here, psssh what is the prescription for shrunken balls. Please hurry otherwise MCA and gerakan balls may drop off..

    By the way have any of you seen how MCA and Gerakan MPs pee…they lift up one leg to do it.

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  13. Hoyohoyo
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 19:58:43

    The parliament should discuss about ISA… The opposition’s petition was only on discussing the suitability of ISA and whether or not it should be reviewed or repealed…

    It is a national issue, not a BN issue, why can’t the parliamentarians support for a discussion about a serious national issue?

    Is the “BN internal discuss” superior towards a parliament house debate? Review or repeal of the ISA needs the approval of house members, not the approval of Gerakan party president… Please get the fact right…

    And also, if the party is sincere about its ISA stand, the MPs should join the ISA parliamentary caucus, no matter it is chaired by whom… The party should take every single possible chance to get rid of ISA instead of acting sour and say “Our party president written letter to PM even earlier”…

    We see Billy Abit Jol signing on the petition as a BN MPs, we don’t see the Gerakan president wrote a letter to PM… period…

    And by the way, an MP should by all means act on his/her own conscience over whether or not he/she should sign the petition which call for a discussion of ISA in dewan rakyat… MP should weigh in the Malaysian people’s interest into account over his/her decision… Not “my party boss told me to do so”…

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  14. Frank
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 20:06:48

    In politics, the ruling party and the opposition shall never see each other eyes to eyes, an adage sufficient to explain the virtual reality of political paradox in regards to the so-called ideology or principle!

    Even when after Gerakan had written to the PM citing the grassroots’ unanimous resolution and motions for the repeal of the archaic ISA, the PM was still adamant and recalcitrant to budge an inch citing that ISA was there necessary and it’s still relevant in the name of Nation building! All we civilized rakyat know well we have more than enough laws to sustain the national security except our timid PM, who he taught he’s still over shaded by the war-cloud, that he’s helming a country full of war criminals needed to be dealt with such military law!

    Perhaps the only advantage to retain ISA is when PR takes over, the uncouth warlords of Umno akin to Ahmad Ismail and the like will have a chance to taste it since those are morons only deserve it to be served!

    When Gerakan is failing in its bid, the oppositions sure will take over the opportunity to champion of the motion and for the sake of the national interests, Gerakan should have, howsoever, obligated to join rank, expressed or implied, with the oppositions to prove their credibility and integrity! Again in shilly-shally mood, the rakyat in fury bear disgusts towards the Party will have been apparent and obvious, more so to have lost confidence which bodes ill to the bleak future of the Party contributing to an early realization of change by PR!……………..

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  15. Dr Hsu
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 20:26:15

    Dear readers, yes, Parliament should be the place to discuss this issue. However, looking at the practical aspect, since UMNO is still the biggest party in Parliament and since most of the East Malaysian parties are still supportive of UMNO, it will not be poosible to pass any bill to abolish the ISA, since ANwar has failed to deliver his promise of getting 31 MPs over.

    But there is still hope, If this ISA thing can be discussed in BN and most BN components , apart from UMNO and a few others, agree to have it abolished, then chances are better that if one of the component parties move the bill to abolish ISA in Parliament , the rest of the BN members will not oppose to it, since it was passed in BN council and is now a BN policy.. That is the principle of a party directing the govenrment, and a party directing its parliamentarians. If what has been agreed in BN cannot be passed in Parliament, then that is a strong point again for us to ask component parties to leave BN.

    SInce the end results are the most important, it really does not matter if we can achieve this directly through Parliament or indirectly through BN council and then Parlaimant. To me the most important thing is to get this law repealed, through whatever ways we can, since this law is the basis of the abosulte power exercised by our government .

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  16. Frank
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 20:57:29

    Dr. Hsu,

    I am skeptical of any move that is possible for Gerakan to table a motion in Parliament for two reasons:-

    1. It’s such a minority number of MP in the House and all along, MCA is behaving the leg puller of Gerakan making it even harder for Gerakan MP to only sing solo, despite she may be lack of courage and gutless;

    2. Your President’s motto is always harping on ‘the BN spirit is his spirit’ and when the big boy says yes, he will definitely dare not say no! Would he dare to instruct the only MP of the Party to put up the motion? Or he will just say, “Since I had written the letter, leave it to the senile old goat to decide will do”?………..

    It needs a concrete of strong principle and guts to play as a revolting child in the so-called BN family. Only those who are sincere to his own conscience will do the bit of sacrifices for the rakyat. Such character had once been seen in Gerakan and who is Dr Toh Kin Woon, after Tun Lim the proponent! Perhaps we will only have chance to see the real change taking place when PR nominates the new House, and the draconian laws be repealed!……….

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  17. Ibrahim Phee
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 21:14:01

    Darren

    I hope the leaders in Gerakan will spare us the usual ‘We will work within the spirit of problem solving BN way etc etc”. To me, it is a simple case of no balls nor spine pre 8 March, no balls and spine post 8 March. Nothing has changed, because you got the same idiots in charge. Quote me on it.

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  18. petestop
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 21:16:44

    A bit disagree with you here…

    The MPs being elected by the people to represent the people, should not have to wait for the Party to give them direction on whether to sign or not sign the ISA petition.

    MPs has a job to represent the people, not represent the Party.

    And that is when they have to ACT their CONSCIENCE… not ACT their PARTY’s LINE.

    Otherwise, might as well resign, so that the PEOPLE can elect a new MP, since you don’t represent the PEOPLE.

    Democracy is corrupted by political parties, especially in Malaysia, where MPs have to toe party line, instead of acting their conscience.

    Does it wonder that the Rakyat also voted based on the party flag, instead of really evaluating who they voted for, and what these would be “Wakil Rakyat” represents ??

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  19. Rights for all
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 22:08:04

    Have the MPs ever thought of having a dialogue with the constituents who voted for them? You may not be able to speak to everyone, but at least hear them out on important issues.

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  20. Rights for all
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 22:22:45

    I need to correct myself….both Gerakan MPs won in a Malay majority area. So I doubt these constituents want any change in status quo.

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  21. Screwed Malaysian
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 22:24:01

    I am a Malaysian, never mind my race. I read and heard that MCA & Gerakan wanted to represent Malaysian.
    The grassroots of both parties have voted to “review” / “repeal” ISA. The leaders talked a lot about ISA and other matters during party elections. The “courageous words” got them elected. After being elected, what happened? No, the ministerial post and position are more important. They can even put their words into action. “If I object” is not in line with U Must Not Object motto, i will therefore lose my high almighty position. Who are the Malaysian anyway? I go what i want by being elected. Maybe in two years time, the so elected leaders may yell and shout they represent Malaysian.
    That’s Malaysian politics. How pathetic the party members are.
    One thing is assured, in next general election, these elected cheating fools will incur the wrath of Malaysian. No gullible party member can help them.

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  22. Meng
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 23:06:41

    They like to keep it within the BN council.

    If the ISA is repealed throught the action of BN council, will it be a pull factor for the Chinese to return to the MCA and Gerakan fold? Is this another bullet up their sleeve??

    I doubt very much it would change the present attitude of the chinese. Even if the BN council is successful in getting the ISA repealed, MCA and Gerakan would also be looked at ie following the whim and fancies of UMNO, Or a Master and his Dogs??

    Do umno need Gerakan and MCA in the next election?? Or Do Gerakan and MCA need UMNO??

    A point to ponder!!

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  23. EvanAlmighty
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 23:27:44

    We cannot blame the rakyat for doubtful the effectiveness of problems solve through BN council. Past records have proven that UMNO command & others follows. We don’t see any changes after 308. UMNO still arrogant as usual, we did hear some noise. But, for us, it only like watching “Wayang Kulit” show.

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  24. A true Malaysian
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 23:41:06

    BN Council is just a ‘shell’ to me, no substance. Umno Supreme Council is the one who decide, not BN Council.

    BN Council is a camouflage to the so-called ‘BN Spirit’.

    There shouldn’t be a substitute for Parliament. MPs are answerable to the Rakyat, not to their parties.

    Hey guys, you know what to do with your votes.

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  25. A true Malaysian
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 00:32:01

    Just look at appointment of a Chinese to be acting GM for PKNS also can be played up as race issue.

    How can we expect Umno to change? MCA and Gerakan just want to be ‘status quo’.

    What is your stand on this, MCA and Gerakan? Again to be discussed within closed door?

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  26. kkitsam
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 01:51:32

    i agree with petestop, elected MPs represent the voters not the party, it’s not the party that get them in, it’s the voters. The reason why we have such a lousy parliament debate is we have MPs who need to toe party’s leadership, whether it’s right or wrong doesn’t matter as long as the leader said no it’s a NO. It’s time to have a more lively parliament debating relevant issues rather than calling names. If it’s needed to be debated within BN before parliament, doesn’t this a waste of time? It should start in parliament, then whatever that BN wants to discuss closed door is BN’s choice.
    If say closed door meeting, UMNO said NO, what can the rest of the component party do? By having meeting within party leadership whether to leave or not? What if it’s not only about ISA, if other issues as well, will Gerakan CC meet again to stay or leave BN? Isn’t this again a waste of time?

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  27. CYC
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 10:42:56

    Dr Hsu,

    You may as well close this forum to outsiders. Paste a sign “Solely for BN internal discussion only”. After all, this will suit your party”s ultimate principle of “inline with BN spirit” “Matter of public interest not be discuss openly”

    Procrastination leads one to nowhere !

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  28. Dr Hsu
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 10:56:41

    Look at things. Pakatan is unlikely to from a government until the next election, 4 yrs down the road.

    In the meantime, we still need to do something.

    SOme of us lobby for the component paties to come out. While doing so, we still need to try to correct whatever wrong that is in BN.

    That is why we need to shift the decision making from UMNO supreme council to Barisan Nasional.

    BN is a coalition of 14 parties. Why let UMNo dominate? If we can really push for BN deciding the government policy instead of UMNo deciding the policy, then at least some of the bad polices can be done away.

    If leaders come back to us and tell us that in BN, UMNO still dictates everything, then we will have the bullets to ask them to leave..

    This is a multiple prongs strategy to tackle the present problems, since we are not getting any headway to change.

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  29. A true Malaysian
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 11:15:33

    Dr. Hsu,

    The 13 parties in BN should team up to put pressure on Umno to shift the decision making to BN Council. That will be the ideal situation but the question is, can all the 13 parties do that?

    Even MCA and Gerakan have different ideas in this, how about the rest?

    As I see it, now is the best time for the 13 parties to do that, if not, they can kiss and say goodbye in the next GE. With leaderships which not even listen to their grassroots members, I doubt that can happen.

    Put it this way, even if BN Council ultimately take over Umno Supreme Council, Umno can still play big bully. Also, BN Council is not a government body, legally, it cannot decide for the rest of Malaysia.

    Speediest way is all MPs should let their conscience rule, and not toe to their respective leadership.

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  30. yh
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 11:24:53

    dr hsu

    granted that this issue be discussed and resolved at BN level, whats the time frame in which you wll be comfortable with? or is it gonan be talk and talk and talk again which your Leader is noted for in the first place.

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  31. A true Malaysian
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 11:28:43

    Latest news in The Malaysian Insider, Najib said:-

    “When I spoke (about the NEP) in an interview with Bloomberg recently, I did not mean that everything in the NEP would be abolished now.

    “I said that when the Malays and Bumiputeras have attained success and the confidence to compete at the domestic and global levels, then they would no longer need quotas or special considerations,” he told reporters at an Aidilfitri do hosted by the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

    __________

    This was what I predicted. The 13 BN parties are just wasting their time.

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  32. Dr Hsu
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 11:37:37

    Some of the component parties are talking to each others more than before.

    I really hope that some of the East Malaysian parties with similar ideology to Gerakan can team up together with Gerakan to push for these changes.

    My biggest worry is will UMNO team up with PAS and invite PAS into BN?

    Look at how PAS is objecting to the appointment of the Selangor PKNS chief. A faction of PAS is longing tpo join hands with UMNO, and only because of NIk Aziz, PAS is still holding together.

    If UMNO PAs and MCA and MIC join hands (all race based parties), even with Gerakan teaming up with all East Malaysian Parties will not have any effect, since there would be enough seats to rule , even if Gerakan and all east malaysian parties come out of BN. That is why Karpal is not happy with certai factions of PAS.

    The situation is really fluid.

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  33. klm
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 11:59:02

    Dr Hsu.

    I read Koh Tsu Koon’s statement on his new strategy to re-invent Gerakan. Other that the part of being BN “internal opposition” – wonder what it mean. The rest is more indoctrination and propoganda for members.

    My reaction- Gerakan is still navel grazing. I am still scratching my head on what can Gerakan do for me. It does not excite me. There is no sense of renewal.

    So I am not surprise at Gerakan not signing the ISA declaration or have any leadership role on this issue. Its MPs and leaders have NO vision on where it should be going

    Why bother to vote for Gerakan in the next round? It time to throw it into the dustbin of history. What you just said said reinforce the idea that Gerakan is no longer relevant in the Malaysian political scene.

    Finally, i think you are wasting your time in this Party.

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  34. Rights for all
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 12:09:30

    My family has been voting BN since 1999….but PAS/PKR in the 308. It seemed we made the right choice. We are just wasting our time with these parasites and leeches of Umno.

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  35. Taikohtai
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 12:34:16

    I can’t wait for the next by-election to be held. It will be a most interesting scenario and a real indication of whether mainstream Malaysians are fed-up or still support the status quo.
    How about one of the two Gerakan MPs stepping down to test the water? Afterall, they are taking up valuable space and time and not offering any value in return? Ssssshhhhh, didn’t even sign against the ISA….looks like you are still sh*tscared of Ahmad Ismail?

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  36. cruzeiro
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 12:36:25

    Darren,
    Tell us something new about Gerakan – hasn’t this been the name of the game of all Umno allies?

    KTK’s leter would’ve ended up in the trash as it had over the years – it was simply posturing.
    After all, as Mukhriz says – everything is an “internal affair” (the people can go hang a thousand times – as Mugabe would say it, I guess) and to debate it in public “isn’t the BN way” … to transcend partisan politics for the people isn’t the BN way!

    They shamelessly pussyfoot and wimp-out, when push comes to shove – to make a stand in public, in parliament as law makers!
    They are incapable of standing up for principles or rights when in parliament.
    But they would be the first to to try scuttle plans by others towards reform/progress …

    So much for the Gerakan & BN chest-thumping “reform” agenda …

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  37. Dr Hsu
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 13:31:26

    TaiKohtai,

    If any election is held now, not only Gerakan would lose, but also the whole Bn . This is a fact.

    In fact I hope that there would be a GE soon so that there is a change. Only with a change, can the culture of race based politics be done away. And that is why I always advocate Gerakan to come out and be a small third force, lending support to whichever side that is nonracial.

    And I have always believe, and I have not changed my views, that UMNO will only change for the better after it loses power at the federal level.

    However, looking at things, there wont be an election until 4 years from now.

    At the rate things are going, in 4 years time, BN will lose the power to govern, and that i am quite sure too.

    UMNo will then change, if it becomes an opposition, and perhaps, then , a real 2 party system can be in place.

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  38. A true Malaysian
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 13:36:58

    Dr. Hsu,

    It is very unlikely that PAS will team up with Umno as both are like oil and water that would not mix. Certain group is PAS may object to the appointment of PKNS acting GM, but my guess is they are the minority in PAS.

    My prediction is PAS will be loyal to Pakatan Rakyat, in particular PKR instead of teaming up with Umno. Maybe a splinter of them may join, but that will not have impact on PAS in Pakatan Rakyat.

    There is no point talking to Umno, as you also agree that a leopard won’t changed its spots. All the 13 BN parties should pull out from BN to have an impact on Umno.

    But, my prediction is this is unlikely to happen with such calibre of leaderships, unless, they can prove me wrong in this.

    With the rate things are going, I afraid you are just wasting your time with Gerakan as what commented by klm.

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  39. Bangsa Malaysia
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 14:13:21

    Without the one man in Federal who assisted another in PR…all this trouble of 308 won’t even have happened! That many have forgotten but not the two men who was concerned.

    If you keep running away from problem and not be there to face it…what’s the good off it? We learn from our mistakes and we make good at the next turn.

    But frankly speaking, man(woman) do not learn from their mistakes…we make them again in another 50 or 100 years down the line.

    Our foundation to change is not strong and the need comes n goes…
    Questions: “Why should we change?”, “Are we getting anything in return?”, “What’s the benefit for ME!?”
    Remarks: “Let others change but not me…I’m all okay.”, “I want freedom of speech but I don’t care who I going to hurt!”.

    Since after 308, nearly everybody has been taken in to jumping ship, seeing a greener pasture and going to PR…Why?
    Before these where were you guys (gals)? Stop complaining about this and that…you have let your votes speak for you at 308. Now let those you have voted, do their work (whether it’s BN or PR).

    Support them in prayers and assist them in their work. Change doesn’t come overnight…as seen after 308. It took nearly 51 years to do it, why then you ask Gerakan n MCA to do it in a couple of months…be rationale, give them strenght.

    Dogs have their own days too…but these is akin to kicking them n spitting on them. When they were good you heap praises, but when they fail you…ahhhhh…it’s a sad sight indeed.

    When will we all learn? When?

    Satu Hati.

    Change comes in small ripple…

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  40. Kenny Gan
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 21:33:07

    Dr Hsu,

    Don’t get your hopes up over “BN internal discussion” on ISA. We all know it’s a code word for doing nothing. The way Umno dominates BN means that nothing will come out of these discussions that is not what Umno wants. In fact, I doubt there will be any real discussion at all.

    MPs must demonstrate their independence in Parliament over issues of conscience. Otherwise Parliament becomes a rubber stamp for Umno. What’s the use of electing rubber stamp MPs to toe the Umno line no matter how many of them are elected to the House? Will more such useless, voiceless and subservient MPs bring any change?

    Parliament is the right forum to debate the ISA. If the ISA is to be repealed, it must be by an act of Parliament. Closed door discussion is not the right forum for an issue of national interest.

    Which is more meaningful and courageous, writing a private letter to the PM which can be chucked aside or supporting a debate on the ISA in Parliament against Umno’s wishes? Gerakan has again demonstrated their lack of courage in dealing with Umno.

    Dr Hsu, I hope that since being elected to the Gerakan CC, you will not moderate your views to conform to the longstanding culture of subservience in BN such as useless closed door discussions. I hope you will continue to speak up as strongly as before.

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  41. Dr Hsu
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 21:46:32

    Kenny Gan, rest assured that i will speak out. If Gerakan is wrong, like in the case of the 2 MPs not signing the petition, I put the blame on the party for not directing the MPs to sign.

    What is right must be admitted and similarly what is wrong must be acknowledged.

    I would not run away from the mandate my members have given me to speka out in and outside the Central Committee.

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  42. Justin Choo
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 23:44:01

    Dr Hsu,
    I put the blame on the 2 MPs themselves for not having the conscience and interest to do what is right. Forget about the Party.

    Of course this is a stale song. Everyone is singing his/her own tune here. We are circling like the carousel.

    I won’t continue riding it anymore.

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  43. klm
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 01:52:58

    Dr Hsu

    I quote yout comment:

    “I put the blame on the party for not directing the MPs to sign. ”

    I put it to poor and weak leadership in Gerakan.
    This had been my beef all this while.

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  44. A true Malaysian
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 11:10:25

    The Gerakan 2 MPs should be acting as adults who are matured in their thinking, do things based on their conscience and not waiting or asking for directives from the leaders who failed miserable in 308 and not even elected as MPs.

    In the first place, Party should not directing their MPs to do whatever, unless the MPs are robots who have no brain of their own.

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