Invite Zaid to join Gerakan

Zaid Ibrahim has resigned as a senator. This follows his earlier resignation as the de facto Law Minister after failing to push through certain reforms.

As I see it, Zaid’s days in UMNO may be numbered , since a lot of UMNO people would not like his views of doing away with "Ketuanan Melayu" and adopt a policy of a fair and just society, besides wanting to get back judicial independence, and abolishing ISA.

I would appeal to our Gerakan leaders to seriously thinking of inviting Zaid over to Parti Gerakan. There are a number of reasons for me to say that:

1. Zaid ‘s views are almost the same as our ideology; his advocating an egalitarian policy makes him almost an Gerakanist, (His speech yesterday at the Law Asia 2008 conference, as published in Malaysiakini, can be viewed here , and it is almost like a speech touching on our ideology)

2. With Zaid in Gerakan, we would be able to attract like-minded Malay leaders who are frustrated with the race based policy of UMNO and make Gerakan a truly multiracial party fighting for a nonracial society

3. With Zaid and his friends in Gerakan, Gerakan would have a much credible option if it opts out of BN and becomes a third force. A lot of people now are  not too happy with either of the coalitions ,and  with a credible third force, it could play a pivotal role to support whichever side that is practising people orientated policies.

This is perhaps a golden chance for Gerakan to recruit a heavy weight, credible Malay leader with strong views on a fair and just society. I hope we just do not let this chance slip away.



46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. khensthoth
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 11:02:26

    Doesn’t your three arguments apply to DAP as well?


  2. Hope for Malaysian
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 11:27:45

    The problem is Gerakan is lead by “gutless” KTK. Said one thing but do difference thing, and do not has the courage to make a firm stand against UMNO. Always act like puppet!

    Better choice for Zaid Ibrahim is to join DAP or PKR. Right?


  3. omo
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 11:42:20

    I think Gerakan ideology is similar to DAP and just because they come to power in 1969, they hitch and become servant to UMNO.

    Just look at the new vice-chairman of DAP, he will speak of his mind even on his party. As for RKP, he has been woo by many parties. Nevertheless, we need more malays to speak out what is right in this progressive world otherwise, maalysians will be left behind.


  4. Justice for all
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 11:48:23

    Why should Zaid Ibrahim join a Beggar Party lead by a Balless KTK with zero credibility and sucking up to Umno hoping for better days?


  5. hope for all
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 11:53:45

    Why should Zaid Ibrahim join a Beggar Party lead by a Balless KTK with zero credibility and sucking up to Umno for crumbs? You must be dreaming with Umno embracing your ideology.


  6. A true Malaysian
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 12:06:46

    Gerakan can invite Zaid Ibrahim to join Gerakan, but I doubt he will join as Gerakan is useless in BN. Why should Zaid join Gerakan when his views were not accepted in Umno while he was still a minister.

    Zaid should follow Tunku Aziz, join DAP.


  7. A true Malaysian
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 12:48:52

    Zaid : Mahathir is back in power with Najib …. a great commentary in the Malaysian Insider which invited a lot of comments.

    Must read,


  8. Damocles
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 13:01:36

    I agree with all those who said that Zaid should either join PKR or the DAP.
    Joining Gerakan is a complete waste of his talent.
    What can he do in Gerakan which he can’t do among his own people in UMNO.
    Doc, I sometimes think that your reasoning is badly flawed.
    If you’re smart, you’ll join either of these parties too!!


  9. klm
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 13:41:43

    I think this is a great idea.

    But i think you will have problem with Koh Tsu Koon. He is too beholden to UMNO and is scared to offend the people there.

    Sorry, But this how i view your great helmsman.


  10. zztop
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 14:24:55

    Zaid is a great man. On this issue, I TOTALLY disagree with Dr on him joining Gerakan. Currently Gerakan is a party run by a bunch of gutless and talk only guys. Of course u r excluded. I repeat only you.
    Just look at the ISA episode, most of them especially that praying mantis lookalike “chief” KTK dare not walk their talk. They behave like a mouse in front of their Umnoputras masters and make a mockery of what they said. As I have said Gerakan DO NOT represent the rakyat anymore. If the present bunch of leaders do not resign or change for the better, I am afraid Gerakan has to close shop. To me, currently they are goners. It is a fact. They have sold out the people trust on them previously. Enough is enough.
    Zaid should join PKR and help whack some sense into those arrogant, racialistic and greedy Umnoputras to move the country forward.
    I sincerely hope Umno will have more members with qualities like our great Zaid. Otherwise, the country will still be or maybe worst than it is today into the distant future.


  11. A true Malaysian
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 15:16:10

    Zaid is the only Umno man that Tok Guru Nik Aziz can get along with and respected.

    This was to me reason why Zaid was elected MP of Kota Bahru in a state ruled by PAS.

    Umno is the biggest party in Malaysia and yet we cannot find any other the same calibre like Zaid. Cannot be right? I hope I am wrong in this.


  12. kkitsam
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 15:27:59

    Hahahaha why would Zaid Ibrahim want to join Gerakan? You talk on Gerakan’s ideology, but since when did Gerakan stand and works on the ideology? Even if you ask Pak Lah, i believe he’ll tells you that we wants BN to be this good that good bla bla blah, but the reality is always different. Zaid Ibrahim is bigger than Gerakan, he walks his talk. to join Gerakan means jumps from a useless party to another USELESS party.


  13. sanjiun
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 15:33:15

    if he wanted to join Gerakan, he would have do so long long time ago. And he will never resign as senator.

    Don’t you see it?
    Don’t you understand?
    He doesn’t want BN or anything to do with BN.

    Please, wake up, dun be “syok sendiri” anymore.


  14. Ling
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 19:33:14

    Dr Hsu

    You need your head read! Asking Zaid to join Gerakan is like asking him to jump from the frying pan into the fire. One good reason why he can’t and won’t join Gerakan is the ISA : his stance on this is very clear whilst that of Gerakan’s is rather murky. Methinks, with his ideals and principles, he sits more comfortably with PKR.


  15. Meng
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 19:38:22

    Zaid join Gerakan..oh what a joke.

    Please lah he is much better than Gerakan Leaders. He is made of sterner stuff with guts that walk the talk. whereas Gerakan are just hairless balls dangling with the winds of umno. How pitiful scrapping the bottom to find one who can speak out loud against UMNO.

    Leave BN and start anew and perhaps have a wider base of racial support. Do not think of having Chinese only as leaders in Gerakan. If an intellectual Malay can make it to the helm so be it.

    I believe if Gerakan leaves BN, it would invite alot of intellectual Malays to the party.


  16. Kenny Gan
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 20:54:55

    Alas, Dr. Hsu, Zaid’s talent, integrity and courage will be wasted in Gerakan whose leadership cannot contemplate a future outside BN. As for ideology, I’m sorry to say Gerakan has no ideology now. It is just pandering to Umno, trying to stay in Umno’s good books while playing to the gallery on social issues as if it still has a conscience but taking no real action to advance it’s ideals. Witness the ISA fiasco – making noise for the sake of impressing its members but not even daring to sign a petition in Parliament.

    Gerakan like MCA and MIC are displaying the “battered wife syndrome”. Abused and mistreated but not wanting the leave the husband because of pecuniary benefits and lack of confidence about surviving on their own. No, Zaid shouldn’t join Gerakan unless and until Gerakan leaves BN. In Gerakan, Zaid can do nothing except to give Gerakan a credibility it does not deserve. In the opposition at least his voice can be heard.


  17. A true Malaysian
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 21:14:00

    Zaid should join DAP, He works well with Teresa Kok.

    DAP, through Teresa Kok, should invite Zaid to join the party.

    Well said Kenny Gan. You summed up for all of us here about Gerakan.


  18. yh
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 23:26:47

    ok, zaid joins Gerakan. his condition: gerakan to force UMNO to repeal ISA or Gerakan will leave the coalition.
    will the spineless KTK do it?
    oh btw, got wind that KTK will be made a senator and given a ministerial post for a job well done which is to keep gerakan within BN.


  19. Amin
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 23:44:46

    Dr., you are too engrossed with the written words of Gerakan’s policies to suggest that Zaid should be a part of this Party. However, the actions of Gerakan leaders are far too distant from these professed policies, as perceived by the general public. The comments above are proofs of such perceptions.
    Hence, Zaid would stand out like a sore thumb in Gerakan’s midst.
    From the frying pan to the fire?


  20. penang71
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 02:09:06

    Gerakan is a party with a very shaky present and no future – still resting on its past laurels.
    Even in Penang, Gerakan and KSK are laughed at.
    I believe Zaid is a man with too much intergrity to join such a ball-less gutless party – please don’t insult him with this offer.
    Thank you.


  21. langchiapek
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 09:44:27

    Dr Hsu,

    As much as i like to see a better future for Malaysia, I doubt Zaid will join Gerakan, after all, Gerakan as a whole still prefer to sleep with the enemy, and the party still practice Eunuch politics.



    Nov 02, 2008 @ 12:26:22

    There is 2 reason why Altantuya body had been blown up:

    – First, to destroy the evidence that she had been
    rape by this 2 policemen.
    – Second, she could be pregnant, and her baby could
    belong to someone who is important(Razak). But
    which Razaks ??


  23. Steven
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 13:31:49

    Zaid should work toward becoming the PM of this country. An intelligent, articulate, fair and sensible person who fits in as the kind of leadership this country needs to steer her into a progressive and truly democratic nation. You can’t find a better person than him. Certainly not in that whole bunch of pathetic galahs in the present umno party.
    If he is to join Gerakan, then sorry Dr Hsu, you guys have to be out of BN, period!


  24. A true Malaysian
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 14:18:16

    Dr, Hsu,

    I am sure your party leaders read your blog and wonder how they feel about the comment of other readers in particular to this post.

    Could they just regards these opinions as those of ‘minority’ and brush them aside? If so, then it is confirmed Gerakan have no future or whatsoever in Malaysian politics.

    I wish people like Koh Tsu Koon has the time to comment, after all, it would take much of his time.


  25. klm
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 17:21:29

    A True Malaysian,

    You should know by now that the great Koh Tsu Koon do not comment on issues. He is the most invisible of the political leaders. He neither conspire or inspire.


  26. EvanAlmighty
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 17:57:45

    Very well said, Dr. Hsu. Let the more calibre leader like Zaid help to iniate the change for Gerakan.


  27. A true Malaysian
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 19:18:00

    Latest news, Najib elected President of Umno ‘uncontested’ since Tengku Razaleigh couldn’t get minimum 59 nominations.

    So, now how? Who is the president now, Pak Lah or Najib?

    We can see now how we are exposed to Umno even though we are non-Umno members. Whether this is fair or unfair is everyone’s interpretation.

    Pak Lah should dissolve Parliament and get fresh mandate from Rakyat to see Najib will get mandate to be PM or not.

    Do all of you think so?


  28. Meng
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 19:21:45

    I have a strong feeling should Gerakan leaves BN and make a significant come on its own platform with a considerable number of MPs, Gerakan may also decides to rejoin BN?

    Is that what some you Gerakan leaders have in mind?? Just probing and incase it is, forget it. You would be totally wiped out on the following GE.

    A turn coat is always a turn coat.

    I have also this feeling when comparing Gerakan leaders with DAPs MP.

    How loyal are you Gerakan leader towards it voters as compared to DAP. leaders???


  29. Penang Lang
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 19:36:50

    KTK don’t care much for the Gerakan grassroot feeling and concern. He just hope Najib will appoint his a minister through back door as Senator.


  30. robertchai48
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 20:05:34

    Do you think a third force party able to survive
    in a diversity, multi cultural, multi religious and multi racial society? Gerakan will become obsolute once it withdraw from BN. All it’s supporters will jump ship.
    Why not work within and change from within? We need component parties that can voice out the needs of Malaysians in a fair manner.

    KTK will need to move forward to reorganise, restructure, reinventing, rebranding and rejuvenate as an opposition party in PR led state. He can form a shadow State Cabinet to act as check and balance. No matter what, Gerakan need to work with various BN component parties, NGO and various organisation to change within. We need a check and balance even in BN to make Malaysia a better place for everyone. The people is watching us and they know what they should do in the next GE. Work harder and not crying over split milk


  31. Meng
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 20:12:00

    True full agreement with you. With so many shit surrounding Najib, fresh election should be called.

    On one hand I don’t think they dare to dissolve parliament either.


  32. eugene
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 20:53:57

    ” Invite Zaid to join Gerakan ????????”
    Comeon Dr you look quite shallow to me.

    I don’t think I want to make any comment, because you guys alreay said everything . . . . .


  33. A true Malaysian
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 21:31:47


    I wonder why you are still so optimistic Gerakan can plays a part in BN, but I respect your view.

    Gerakan can do whatever rebranding, reinventing, restructuring, rejuvenating and other craps, you guys still need to pass through Umno.

    You can’t even pass through a war lord Ah Mad Is Mail, a leader at division level, I doubt your KTK can do much.

    Anyway good luck, after all, if you succeed, it will be good for Malaysia.


  34. A true Malaysian
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 22:48:41


    The likelihood of seeking fresh mandate is still there. Pak Lah is not an easy meat.

    Recent Umno Supreme Council has squeezed him against the wall, you know what I mean? After Mar 09 Umno election, Pak Lah man will be wiped off. So, having a fresh General Election could give a chance, however slim, to let his supporters in Umno to get a new leaf of life.

    To me, dissolve Parliament and call for snap election will help Umno in the long run. Umno need a ‘true rebranding’ not ‘superficial’ one. Only then, Pak Lah will be remember as someone ‘nice’ in history.


  35. Mah Ngah Tong
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 23:43:19

    Excellent idea.I wish that Zaid join the Gerakan as President.He is qualified to be in Gerakan.But must resign from UMNO first lor.


  36. petestop
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 02:06:36

    Doc Hsu, from the slew of comments, I would believe Gerakan will have a VERY VERY TOUGH TIME to reinvent itself…. especially given its continued kowtowing (perceive or real) to UMNO.

    Koh Tsu Koon action so far as President have not convinced us otherwise that Gerakan is listening to the people, or that they HAS the ability to not so much as to reinvent themselves, but to SALVAGE what legacy is left from Dr Lim Chong Eu days.
    Penangites still nostalgic of those bygone eras.

    I can firmly say that 95% of my colleagues in Penang office voted for Opposition this time around, and they represents what is to come for next couple decades of so, as most are below 40 years of age.

    So, needless to say, Gerakan has to really ACT their conscience… instead of more mere rhetorics which finally just end up agreeing with whatever UMNO decides…. What is the point ?

    Otherwise, Gerakan will be looking at the long long decades ahead, hanging on to UMNO’s coat tail and continue to rely on scraps from UMNO.

    What a pity ! and what an undignified existence.. !!


  37. Amin
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 04:37:57

    From Robertchai48’s view, a conclusion can be drawn that Gerakan would be starved to death if left alone, but only can survive on the crumps scattered under the table in the house of BN(read UMNO).

    How pathetic indeed!


  38. CYC
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 10:51:13


    What makes u think that Zaid Ibrahim alone could change or revive Gerakan – a party which is dying without notice.

    Your reasoning is shallow. Just imagine if he can’t agreed with UMNO, will he stoop so low to be an UMNO’s associates. Its just like resigning from a high post of a parent company and join as junior staff in one of its subsidiary. How stupid indeed !

    Gerakan is still daydreaming and hopes a savior to appear at its doorstep miraculously. I wonder what happen to all those intellectuals minds has become.

    Change from within is only good as a slogan. After all, KTK is a solid prove that he has been changed from within rather than changing UMNO from within.

    Don’t dream and procrastinate, get on with real action.


  39. Bangsa Malaysia
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 11:04:58

    It’s sad to read about the truth of one party…Gerakan. Of it’s inability to get out of the kowtowing business.

    Perhaps Gerakan has lost it’s direction…having a head that is so much for himself…forgetting the party grassroots makes the party n not him alone.

    During the Gerakan elections ie state n national, the were many slogans but yet not many actions or not actions. Please don’t act when the next party elections is around the corner… Where’s the ‘turun padang’, where the proactive actions of it’s leaders?

    There’s much to do but not many to do it. Unless all these are just talk only… Does the Satu Hati slogan meant One Heart of a Nation or One Heart of a Man…so which is it?

    There’s still hope but it will fade away if we don’t act now…no point of wistfull thinking…KTK is one with it. While he dreams of his senatorship, Gerakan is going to the dogs…or is it in the dog pound already?

    I would like to implore him and all his stooges to turun padang if they haven’t been doing since after the NDC. Party elections is once in 3 years but you are a party member everyday of your life unless you quit the party or the party quits you. Of course the sinister of which is your life quits on you…

    Sdri Tan Lian Hoe has put a strong front…yet where are the rest of the leaders? Don’t they consolidate among themselves and come in defense of her. Has the male leaders lost their b**ls? She maybe an iron lady but she’s still a woman…is chilvary dead?

    When it’s leaders fights for their own cause n not it’s members aspirations…the party is lost.

    Gerakan is still relevant and is still needed…it’s only the leaders w/ own agendas and not for the grassroots is not needed. Re-invent by getting your act together first before Gerakan is lost in history forever.

    Satu Hati untuk Negara.


  40. Taikohtai
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 11:15:13

    Dr Hsu,

    I came across this article today and thought I should share it with you and other readers. Rupert Murdoch is head honcho of FOX and is now an American so that he could expand his empire there…….wife (3rd) is Wendy Deng, a former Chinese citizen. I suggest we substitute NEP for bludger to get a better picture in the case of Malaysia.


  41. A true Malaysian
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 11:18:15

    Dear all,

    For all intent, I think what Dr. Hsu meant here is to invite Zaid Ibrahim to join Gerakan when GERAKAN IS OUT OF BN.

    Dr. Hsu cannot be so shallow. He is a realist.

    Come to think of this, KTK also wouldn’t dare to invite Zaid Ibrahim to join Gerakan. KTK wouldn’t do anything to ‘offend’ his taiko. He is a ‘good’ boy.


  42. yh
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 14:45:16

    forget about it. the top leaders of gerakan are more concern where’s the crumbs that fall from the UMNO dining table. crumbs are worh it coz its rather meaty in dollars value.
    may be, if UMNO is dislodged from power, then there is a hope for gerakan to leave BN. coz, then there is no more point in staying when there’s no crumbs.
    staying for ideology? hey, ask KTK and gang how much is a tahil worth?


  43. Kenny Gan
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 17:48:06

    The ruckus over the 10% non-bumi proposal for UiTm, the protests over the appointment of a non-Malay as PKNS head and threats over the Penang govt’s multi-language road signs in tourist areas are just a small sample of events which declare in no uncertain terms that non-Malays are second class citizens and should not dream of equal rights.

    Sadly, Gerakan is part and parcel of this racist Umno led govt. I’m curious as to how Gerakan can reconcile its multi-racial ideology with such open and unabashed racism, not to mention the use of ISA as a tool of maintaining power.


  44. c h ong
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 21:38:37

    If ever Gerakan extends an invitation to Zaid to join as a member I cannot imagine that Zaid will even consider the invitation. While Zaid was an UMNO minister his proposals for reform were rejected outright by UMNO. We all know that within BN Gerakan is subservient to UMNO. Therefore if Zaid becomes a Gerakan member his voice will carry even less weight than when he was an UMNO minister. His main objective is reform. Can anyone seriously believe that Zaid as a Gerakan member will be able to achieve what he could not achieve as a UMNO minister?

    Gerakan has been with BN for something like 37 years, and it’s leadership still thinks, dreaming is actually more appropriate, that it is the conscience of BN. After 37 years Gerakan still believe that it can reform UMNO from inside. The fact that Gerakan’s leadership spent all these years believing that they are BN’s conscience and that they could succeed in reforming BN and UMNO if ample proof that Gerakan’s time as a political party is up and it is time for it to close shop.


  45. c h ong
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 22:13:09

    You must be so angry that you are not thinking straight and posting your comments in the wrong place. This article is about Dr. Hsu’s proposal for Zaid Ibrahim to be invited to join Gerakan. It has got nothing to do with Altantuya’s body being blown up.

    Cool down, my friend.


  46. jamesloh
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 02:30:57

    zaID join gerakan > he be screwed again…dr hsu , gerakan is lame duck all talk no balls…what u reckoned zaid be? senior president ?
    u must be joking waste of talent!


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