Some thoughts on coming home part 2

Please read : Some thoughts on coming home  before reading this

One of the things that strike me was the relatively jam-free roads in Auckland, even in the CBD. This could be partly because of the cool weather there-people can walk longer distance in cool weather than the hot and humid weather here-  but it is also because of the efficient public transport system.

Like many cities in developed countries, there is a free looping bus in the Central BUsiness District in Auckland. I have taken some photographs of this free bus and I myself have tried this free bus. The bus is very clean, seats are comfortable, the driver was very helpful and knowledgable.


imag0034 The round circle seen on tha back and side of the bus represents the loop of CBD that the bus passes through.

Since University of AUckland is right in the CBD , university students and  tourists alike can use this looping free bus to travel around the campus and the CBD.

In 2003, I submitted a detailed proposal on Kuala Lumpur 2020 Structural plan (the whole paper can be found in one of the pages under the masthead of this blog under the title of Kuala Lumpur towards a world class city)). In the proposal, I wrote about transport and this was what i wrote about transport:   

               2.4 Public Transport & City Traffic

         A world-class city must have a good and efficient public transport system. To achieve this, we recommend that:

            • City Hall gives figures on “average travel time” from suburban locations to city center at fixed interval e.g. yearly basis. This indicator will help the planners and city folks to gauge the efficiency of our traffic system and public transport.

            • There must be a good integration of the public transport and feeder services

            • There must be ample parking spaces at certain strategically located mass transit stations to enable the people to park and ride

            • There should be a free looping bus system in the inner core city

                       • For certain areas with congested space and small access roads, a feeder system using smaller should   be encouraged      

            • Licensing of public transport should not be monopolized. Monopoly begets inefficiency.

            • Efforts be made to encourage people to use public transport


  I mentioned then about the need of having a free looping bus service in the CBD of Kuala Lumpur. In Auckland, a free bus will depart every 10  minutes, and the same can be applied to Kuala Lumpur . Another city which would benefit from a free looping bus service in CBD is Penang, where the transport system really needs to be improved, especially now that the monorail project for Penang has been cancelled.  The budget for a free bus looping service can be easily raised through better planning and cutting down on wastages.


Many cities have this type of free bus services, one of which is Toronto, where my eldest son graduated. The city has a rapid transit system (like the MRT of Singapore) which is very efficient and goes underground in the city centre . There is  a feeder bus service , which is free, right from the undergorund station in the city centre and goes up above ground to loop round the CBD including part of the China town.


Malaysia has plenty of resources. If we can cut dwon on our operating expenditure- budget 2009 has a record operating expenditure of 154.2 billion RM, about double what it was just 4 years ago-  we could have easily funded this type of services. It would have save millions of dollars on fuel cost for residents and reduce pollution in the city centre. It is also much cheaper than building a LRT system.


Another aspect which we can copy is of course the clean and well maintained toilets. The public toilets off Queenstreet was clean and pleasant to use. The signage is big and cannot be missed.





A digression from socio-political blogging. 


A blogger mate , Justin , mentioned about the beautiful roses in NZ. In fact, roses in most temperate countries are big and beautiful during spring time. I was lucky that my visit coincided with the annual 2-day Parnel Rose Festival, which I read about in a tourist booklet I obtained at the Airport. Being a nature lover who likes plants , flowers and animals, I took a Link bus to go there . Wow, the roses are really beautiful and some as big as my face.


I will post some of the beautiful pictures of roses to share with those who love roses. I will also put soem of the other picures of beautiful flowers in my Flickr folder for readers to view.




















38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Justin Choo
    Nov 21, 2008 @ 17:12:25

    Dr Hsu,

    If you are really serious about doing more for the ordinary Malaysians like me, You need to be “more involved in political action” rather than being a “moderator”. I for one will SOKONG you all the way should you go all out to do something for us ordinary folks.

    Please stop being just a small candle. You are too big for that. Small candles belong to people like me, a tiny speck of dust. We, small candles will continue to contrbute in our little ways. But for you, you need to be the main HEAD Spotlight of the Charging Bullet Train! If you’re not going to do that, it would be most disaapointing and frustrating, and a let down, a waste of talent.

    Doctor, I am serious. You know I have nothing to gain praising you “high and low”. Hahahaha!!! Maybe except some mention in your blog, or your dropping in to my “also blog”.

    As for the Flickr photos, you have comment awaiting reply!!


  2. Justin Choo
    Nov 21, 2008 @ 17:15:30

    Yes, another thing. I like the photo with the house in the background. Reminds me of my house there. A very typical house in Auckland; in fact the whole of NZ.


  3. robertchai48
    Nov 21, 2008 @ 21:33:07

    Malaysia have plenty to show but the policies that need to revamp. Even PR government in Perak busy with their public relation to rename a name called Silibin Road with Patto Road. Imagine with this attitude how Malaysia can benefit. Whereas we Malaysian need more policies that can bring benefit to the people. It is time to think before anyone of you can cast your valuable vote. Vote for the one that can work for the people.

    Malaysia can have its bunga raya garden with the various species. We can have Bunga Raya Garden in the city that can attract more tourist over here.


  4. romerz
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 01:29:34

    Welcome home Dr Hsu,

    By the way, my friend from the UK Liberal Democrats (former elected councilor) will be in Malaysia from 27 Nov to 14 Dec. If you are interested for him to give a talk about being the 3rd force, please let me know.

    He will mostly be in KL to visit his mum and sis so arranging a talk by him should not be a problem in KL but the best dates would be 4-9 December as I’m free to be in KL to introduce him to you.

    By the way, I’m getting more and more disappointed with Tan Sri as his tone has changed hence my writing this in public forum rather than by private email.

    Sorry Doc, very unlikely now that I will be your comrade-in-arms. I have given up on your party!


  5. A true Malaysian
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 11:33:02

    To many who have been to cities like Auckland, Tokyo, Singapore, Toronto and others, they would envy of their transportation system. Coincidentally, Tony Pua also writes about this topic recently. You can read here

    One will wonder, why other cities can have so efficient transportation system, why not KL and PJ? For me, one of the main reason being that there is no clear line of responsibilities in our government system here where there are too many city municipalities, ministries and agencies are taking charge of transportation system, instead of ‘one and only’ agency that manages public transportation.

    For example, within Klang Valley alone, which is the most populated area of Malaysia, has so many so-called agencies, municipalities and departments that having a say on transportation system in each of their jurisdictions. So, how to have an efficient system of transportation?

    As I see it, government should have the political will to sort out these ‘red-tapes’ before even talk about having tram, MRT, LRT and so on to solve the transportation dilemmas that we are facing now.

    Beside Klang Valley, Penang, Ipoh, JB are all facing the same problems. Anil Netto has a few very good write-ups on this topic also where I agree with him that even if Penang 2nd bridge, PORR, LRT are ready, traffic congestion problems will still not be solved if there is no efficient coordination.


  6. monsterball
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 12:35:39

    The day Dr.Shu takes Justine advises…I will be his ever loving supporter.
    We were doing fine…UNTIL…..he prefers to be a small candle…and not a spotlight…to Justine said.


  7. clearwater
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 13:19:38

    To each his own calling; let us not force others to do what we are unable or unwilling to do ourselves. Dr. Hsu contributes what he is comfortable with at this point in time, let us be grateful for that. Who knows, at some future date, he may decide to be a spotlight instead of a candle.

    Roses, daffodils, magnolias, plum blossoms in full bloom on a bright NZ spring morning; what a beautiful sight. Brings back old memories. Dr. Hsu, your rose photos are breathtaking. I used to have 68 rose bushes in my garden in LA, California in the mid 80’s when I lived there. All varieties and colors. Still miss them. Best part of living in a temperate climate is the coming of spring, the season of renewal. When will spring ever come to Malaysia?


  8. A true Malaysian
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 13:58:57

    Politician with ‘conscience’ and ‘righteous thinking’ is hard to survive in Malaysia especially with those in power who treat this country as ‘theirs’ and do whatever they want that circumsvent ‘natural justice’.

    Fortunately we still have people like Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Tony Pua, Teresa Kok, Anwar Ibrahim, Sivarasa, Elizabeth Wong, Nik Aziz, Zaid Ibrahim, Haris Ibrahim, Malik Imtiaz, Azmi Sharom, Lim Guan Eng, Khalid Ibrahim and last but not least Raja Petra around. If not, lagi worse, right?

    Dr. Hsu can be a great politician if he wants to but it is all up to him as all of us know, life will be totally different under circumstances that we are facing now. I dare say, even if Dr. Hsu decided to stand as candidate in next GE in BN ticket, he is sure to win as he will be supported by foes and friends.

    I let himself to decide in this matter. Good luck, Dr. Hsu.


  9. Dr Hsu
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 14:20:01

    romerz, I will meet Lumine Lucem personally to learn more about Liberal Democrats, and I hope to arrange a meeting between him and our leaders, as I have told you over sms.


  10. Dr Hsu
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 16:06:09

    My many friends of the blogs, inculding Justin, monsterball, A True Malaysian, clearwater and others who will no doubt comment on this issue, i think i have made myself very clear in the past.

    I joined gerakan partly because of the Penangite sentiment, and mainly because of its ideology, which was told to me by Dr Tan Kee Kwong, who at that thing asked me to help him over certain issues, including the KL report that I mentioned above.

    I joined not for want of becoming a politician – to be truthful I have certain reservations about politicians – but by being a memebr, i could voice out on issues relating to the party ideology.

    As a teenager staying in Penang around the period of 1969, i thought highly of Tun Dr Lim CHong Eu and his politics of non racial approach, and his efforts of turning Penang from a half dead entreport (the status of which were removed sometimes in the 60s) to a vibrant industrial city, especially in the electronics.

    If i really wanted to be somebody in politics, i would have joined either Gerakan or DAP in the eighties. I did not because i thought i am too straight forward a person to be in politics.

    Now, a few years back, I see that the country is gradually going down the road, and there is alsoa real fear of islamisation , with PAS gaining a lot of ground in the 1999 election. That makes me worried about the future of our country.

    I decided then, after being introduced to Parti Gerakan and its ideology, to join as a member a few years back, to voice out and give feedback to the party leaders of how the rakyat feels about the bad govenrnace, corruption.

    There is a real difference between becoming just a member and a politician; the latter case is a full time job, and needs political skills which include shrewdness and skillful manovering which I lack totally. What I have is only a sincere heart and a determination to speak from my heart, and that sometimes lead to me stepping on a lot of toes without even myself realising . I was labelled as an extemist and dangerous fellow who would rock the boat… But in the end, it was not me but the rakyat that rocked our boat.

    In party meetings, I have always been vocal about ideology, good governance and so on…BUt without the political skills, I know that i will never be a good politician, and i am contented to be just a grassroot thorn.

    In 2006, as a grassroot, in a meeting with leaders, I asked that they either take Gerakan out of BN then, or they must speak out boldly on issues that go against our ideology until we got expelled from BN.

    I told them that either way, Gerakan with its non racial ideology and being the only nonracial party with a governing experience would win big and become a credible opposition party voicing out the importance of being non-racial.. ALas, they did not see my points and came March 8, the whole party was almost wiped out.

    Even then I told the leaders that i was glad that there is now a better chance to have a 2 party system which will provide better check and balance. ANd I supported Pakatan during the Permatang Pauh byelection in my blog as well as my article in Malaysian Insider. I thought that was the best hope that we had for change. I thought Gerakan should be out of BN, to support Pakatan , as a individual third force party.

    There is a reason why I did not advocate joining Pakatan straight; one of them is the worry about the incompatibily of PAS and DAP, as well as our ideology and PAS. It is only ANwar and Nik Aziz that are holding the coalition together. Without either one, it would be difficult since a portion of PAS members want PAS to join hand with UMNO to perpetuate the ketuanan concept.

    I thought we could be like the Free Democrats of Germany, which is a third force in Germany, (getting about 10 % of total votes) , between Social Democrats and the CHristian Democrats. Free democrats was able to support whichever side that practises good governance and as a result, we can see Germany is actually a very well governed country.

    I do not know whether my decision to contest the CC 5 weeks ago was correct. That time, I did it at the urging of many of my likeminded friends to bring the voice of grassroot into the CC.

    BUt being in the CC to me is not any different from being a grassroot. I still consider myself as just a ordinary member voicing out about the direction of the country and the party, only now i am voicing it out directly to the leaders as well as other CC members.

    But since I have contested and given a mandate by so many members , I cannot just quit and that would be irresponsible of me. At least,I have to give it a try to influence the leaders (there would be a time frame). IT is even more important now because chances are we are going to have another 4 years of BN before the next GE. And we must voice out. Even a small improvemment would be better than no change at all…. Of course, I still think we should still be outside BN… That would be more truthful to our ideology and the aspirations of the people.

    As I have said before, I am not made for politics, because I do not have the skills to manoeuvre like a poltician. (read my reading: this is how politcis is played- just use the search engine in my blog) Nor am I ruthless or ambitious enough to be a politician. I am a straight person, and people can read me like an open book.

    I am just a volunteer socio-political worker who has a full time job as a doctor, but who is concerned with the direction the country is taking and who is fed up with the race based politics that is doing so much harm to the country, including polarising the different groups of people.

    So my best contribution, as I see it and knowing my own limitations, will be to try to influence the mindsets of the memebrs, of the rakyat , of the leaders, about the importance of good governance and the importance of having a nonracial policy in governing as well as in our economy. It does not really matter whether i do it as a blogger or as a member of Gerakan, as long as I can achieve some change of mindsets, I am happy.( Any cat that can do the job of catching mice will be good cat).

    SO i am content to be a small candle, trying to light up bigger candles and spotlights. If I succeed in lighting up a big candle or a spotlight and chase some of the darkness away, I would consider my job done. It is up to the bigger candles and spotlights to carry on the job of chasing away the darkness and returning our brightness to us. SO let this small and old candle carries on the way it has always been burning- a small light.

    At 56 yrs old, I cannot change my character to become a wily shrewd person to be an effective politician…. But even at 70 yrs old, I can still be a small candle like many of those in the blogoshpere, including of course our famous blog commentator Mr Monster.


  11. Dr Hsu
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 16:07:46

    Justin, I am hard press for time these few days, as the train of patients waiting for me is like never ending, since I have been away for almost 2 weeks… I have to find time one of the evening to put up the flickr pictures..


  12. monsterball
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 16:30:36

    I am not a “Mr.Monster”….but monsterball is my nick in blogging. WE met…do I look like a monster?
    You can be a torchlight…to Malaysians.
    Politics is in you the art of how to agree to disagree with a smart yours..not easy to find.
    If you do not have a good heart…so many…including Justine and I will not keep pouncing on you to change.
    You can keep putting out your long messages…over and over again…why you cannot change…so can we…keep trying hard…to open your candle to be a torch.
    It’s like a virgin…first time painful.
    Once open…so much goodness to society……hahahahahahaha


  13. monsterball
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 16:42:21

    I am not torchlight.
    I have gone beyond that.
    I am a blow torch….puffing away…the sins of UMNO and BN.
    I bought tons of butane last me a lifetime…puffing away.
    Nothing to puff….I light up my cigars with my blow torch.
    Do you know….in WW1…the invention of the blow torch…so cruel….yet so powerful?
    So…we will treat our good friends..harsh treatments unfair and cruel…when we are ignorant.
    Same logic…same application..from
    Mr. Monster”….and many more..almost all in your blog…agrees with Justine.
    If Justine did not inspire me with his message…I will not be bothered to try and change you.
    Like a virgin…..first time…you try..very painful.
    Your souls will fight you…but all will be well……..hahahahahaha


  14. A true Malaysian
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 17:36:13

    Dr. Hsu,

    It is indeed very unfortunate for someone who is ‘straight forward’, ‘clear conscience’, ‘can be like an open book’, cannot be an effective politician in Malaysia. That is the reason why many people choose to stay out of politics, that includes you and me.

    If politician is defined as such, then all politicians in BN and PR will be perceived as ‘such kind of person’. But, I believe not all of them are ‘like that’ and we can see many of ‘not like that’ politicians in PR. Most important of all, all politicians must be of ‘clear conscience’ however ‘shrewd’ he or she maybe.

    Dr. Hsu, you may consider to contest in GE as an independent, at least your voice (and our voices) can be heard in the Parliament, instead of just in Gerakan CC. How about it?


  15. Justin Choo
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 22:50:12

    Dr Hsu,
    You must have taken the record of posting the longest comment on one’s own blog. I am sure Che Det cannot break this record of yours!! For once he is a loser!!! Hahahaha!!!!!

    Dr, you are wrong to assume that politicians must be “cunning, unscrupulous and mercenary”. The current band of “politicians” are such because people like YOU did not challange them. We the ordinary folks would want honest and straight forward politicians. We have not been given the choice to choose people like you.

    I am sure if you just take a simple census in your blog alone, the result will be very convincing.

    I would rank charisma, intellect, and integrity as the most important traits of a good and effective politician.


  16. clearwater
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 11:14:42

    It takes all kinds to be a politician. Unfortunately, in today’s Malaysia, given the immature mindset of voters and socio-cultural divisions inherent in society, it takes someone cunning, unscrupulous, mercenary as well as fork tongued to be a successful politician. Ideals and a clear conscience won’t get you far. Perhaps a seat in the opposition benches and air time to voice out on wrongdoing. I can understand Dr. Hsu’s stand for it is somewhat late in our 50’s to ‘learn’ how to be a successful politician. Hypocrisy is poison to an old soul.


  17. klm
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 11:56:24

    Maybe it time to stop talking and try to do something.
    All of us.

    Perhaps, it is time to start plotting to take over Gerakan. Find our “Obama” and start the motion.

    I would not mind joining Gerakan to do get this done.

    What say you. Dr. Hsu?



  18. Justin Choo
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 14:54:02

    I sokong klm.

    If Dr hsu “takes” over Gerakan, I will become a member; not that it counts for anything much!!


  19. monsterball
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 19:22:35

    Me too!!
    Will be his chauffeur…bodyguard….brief case carrier.
    I die first…before anyone try to.. C4 him.


  20. monsterball
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 19:24:18

    And first time in my life…sign up as Gerakan member.
    Where Justine go…I go.


  21. Justin Choo
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 21:11:33


    I think I wrote quite some time ago that I will carry Dr’s briefcase.

    So please leave the briefcase out.


  22. chinseng
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 21:46:54

    Dr. Hsu,

    Gerakan Idealogy is good idealogy but the current leaders err in the implemention.

    Gerakan party constitution rejected outright any form of corruption in clause 7.9 which read ” to eliminate corruption in all forms ” but now we are with UMNO who do not deny that money politic is in their party.

    In the same maner, all Government policy may be good policy ( even the NEP ) but the implementation will not be right as long as we have money politic…..

    Doc. is good to see you back alive and kicking… hehe


  23. monsterball
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 23:02:27

    oooooooppp Sorry JUSTIN…spell your name many times….thousand apologies.
    OK….you carry briefcase.
    I will carry anything…..except his balls.
    Not only I will be Gerakan member…once Doc takes over…I will shave my head bald…..become “monk” bodyguard…… Chow Yen Fatt.!
    Why Doc so quiet…with so much inspirations?
    Is he crying with joy?


  24. Dr Hsu
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 11:36:21

    Dear commentators, my late mother had taught me that a most important thing in life is that one must know one’s limitations.

    One must not be too overtly ambitious, but must measure one’s ability against the task that one endeavours to do.

    I do not think that I am capable to do that – plotting to take over a party – . I do not have the ambitions, capablity or resources to do that. My best hope is to subtly influence members to see my point of getting the party back to its ideology.

    besides, on a persoanl note, I am used to the life of an ordinary person, and at my ripe old age of 56, I am beginning to feel the age. For this trip, it took me a few days to get oer the jet lag of just 5 hours…even though I must admit I did not really have any rest after coming home. I didnot feel anything last year, though at that time, it was late autumn, the time difference was only 4 hours.

    I thank all of you for having such high hope and regard of me,-I am really unworthy of such praise as an ordinary person- and I must apologise for letting all of you down. But that is only being realistic.


  25. A true Malaysian
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 14:50:54

    Dr. Hsu,

    Don’t forget the late Mr. Lim Goh Tong started to ‘prosper’ at his ripe old age of 50 plus, i.e should be around your ‘ripe old age’.

    Perhaps you should consider my suggestion to contest as an ‘Independence’ candidate to voice out ‘our voices’ in the Parliament.

    There is no point you stay in Gerakan CC to voice out ‘our voices’ as your leaders in Gerakan have to pass through Umno in order to reach the Cabinet and Parliament.

    To be honest, we outsiders have no faith in your leaders. They are as good as non-existence to us.


  26. vic71bc
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 15:54:12

    Hi there, still on the topic of NZ, has any one wander why NZ with no natural resources is a first world country, where as Bolehland, such a rich country is still a third world – going to fourth world country soon???


  27. clearwater
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 18:16:08

    NZ has few natural mineral resources and a population less than 5 million but it does have good farmland and scenic panoramas. Tourism is a major industry. It used to be Great Britain’s food basket till the latter’s entry into the European Union. NZ inherited great British legacies, much as Malaysia did, in its Parliamentary system but wisely kept its institutional check and balance intact. The ills that plague Malaysia such as corruption, cronyism, wastage, inequalities, political nepotism are largely absent. Its people are honest and well educated, the rule of law is observed, leaders work for the good of the country and everyone is equal before the law. Largely of European stock but with a large Maori/Polynesian minority, NZ has in recent decades accepted significant numbers of Asian migrants who bring capital and business skills. NZ is not a place to get rich quickly but is a good place to bring up a family.


  28. A true Malaysian
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 18:19:48

    It was really heartwarming to read this article by Susan Loone’s blog titled ‘Tuan, not all is lost in Malaysia!’.

    There is still hope left for good ol’ Malaysia with thoughts and people like this!
    Source: The Nut Graph. Thanks to Shanon Shah.

    “If anyone deserves to be called the ‘tuan’ of this land, it’s the Orang Asli.” Nur Farina Noor Hashim, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Puteri bureau head.

    “I love Malays and I love Malaysia,” says Gerakan central committee member Dr Asharuddin Ahmad. “But this country cannot survive without non-Malays. We are all Malaysians. The future of Malaysia lies with multiracial parties”.

    Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) national chairperson Dr Nasir Hashim says “We made a mistake, even after Merdeka, when we were emerging as a nation. We should have talked about helping the poor among all races and not just zero in on one race”.

    Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) president Hassan Karim: “The NEP (New Economic Policy), being capitalist and race-based, only benefited a minority of Malays. What about analysing it from a class perspective? Not all Chinese are rich either, you know. There cannot be ketuanan Melayu or ketuanan bukan Melayu. There must be justice for all.”

    “Name me one Malay who is a pure Malay. There is virtually none — all Malays are mixed-blood to some degree.”

    Indeed, after reading this article, ‘not all is lost in Malaysia’. How nice if these words were from the Umno Malays.


  29. Dr Hsu
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 20:19:10

    Yes, there are many liberal Malays outside of UMNO.

    Dr Asharauddin is a good friend . I have known him since we were both memebrs of a Toastmasters” club. He is very liberal and believes in a non racial Malaysia.

    Mark my words, UMNO willbe dead if they do not change…And chances are they will not change..

    It is just a matter of another 4 years, 13th GE… I believe we can all see a new Malaysia..


  30. monsterball
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 21:16:47

    At age 56…..I bounce up and down…like a lion.
    At near 70…no change..but with shorter bounces.
    Then Doc…MAY reply..”Monster is different”
    He will make all sorts of excuses…because he is afraid of oust that low class Koh Tsu Koon.
    I am sure…if I apply to be Gerakan member..sure to be rejected….proposed by CC committee…..Doc.
    I hope I am wrong….but Justin and me…no join Gerakan…unless…Doc…go head on and give Koh a lesson he can never forget.
    Have Doc…read how Castro won the Presidency of Cuba??


  31. Dr Hsu
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 21:37:29

    CAstro is a revolutionary and a fighter in the true sense since he led an invasion of Cuba from Mexico. He used guns.

    I ‘fight’ with my pen and computer. So that is very different.

    He became the first secretary at the age of 39… at that age,not only a person can bounce up and down, he can also do those stunts seen in Mission Impossible series.

    So it is very different.

    MAybe you all can join Gerakan to strengthen the forces to quit BN and go back to ideology?

    anyway, with many members and leaders reading my blog, whatever you all plan will already be known to them now…


  32. traveller
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 21:57:47

    2 weeks ago I was in Jakarta. Really surprised that all taxi use meters, from airport till downtown, and also from hotel to other places. No need to bargain as in KL. I never dreamt such effiency in Jakarta. Same experience I had at Ho Chih Minh City in April 08, where all taxis uses meters. What a shame we had in KL with most taxis demanding exorbitant charges (I work in KLCC and shame to hear these drivers demanding outrageous fare from tourists). Wonder why Malaysia cannot meter in our taxis


  33. klm
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 23:56:08

    Dr. Hsu.

    Back to the subject of taking over Gerakan.
    You may not have the ambition and deviousness to take over the Party. But can you identify the next generation “Obama” who has the ability and capacity
    to lead the party into the future.

    We need to plan for the future.


  34. A true Malaysian
    Nov 25, 2008 @ 00:40:32


    The one who can pull Gerakan out of BN will be ‘Obama’ of Gerakan.

    I can’t see anyone in Gerakan can do that as the party election was just over.

    You guys in Gerakan can voice out multiracialism, but as long as Umno plays dominance in BN, your efforts will be wasted.

    Why still ‘degil’ to remain in BN then? Malaysia’s Obama will be someone outside of BN.


  35. klm
    Nov 25, 2008 @ 07:57:24

    A True Malaysian. That I agree with you 100%.

    That is why we need to talent scout, whether inside or outside of Gerakan.

    This is a long term thing. If we do not start the journey, we will still argue about this till the cow come home.

    Dr Hsu seem to be the one most exposed to politic albeit reluctantly. Perhaps he can use his office as CWC member to do this talent scouting and recruiting the right person.


  36. monsterball
    Nov 25, 2008 @ 10:32:40

    I am talking about Castro’s against all odds…worst than your position… and succeeded.
    I am talking …the mentality and end results.


  37. A true Malaysian
    Nov 25, 2008 @ 13:05:45


    Scouting and recruiting for talents are a waste of ‘talents’ if Gerakan managed to recruit the ‘talents’.

    I think Dr. Hsu is ‘pai seh’ (means shy in Hokkien) in scouting and recruiting for talents to join Gerakan, as long as Gerakan is still in BN. We can see many talents in our commentators in this forum. But, are they joining? The condition is not conducive for talents to join Gerakan.


  38. monsterball
    Nov 25, 2008 @ 20:55:44

    First Doc shave off head….like Yul Brynner… and recruit 6 more to become… the….”Magnificent 7″.
    “Mr. Monster”… is his wise old man…he visits to get advises.
    This is a true story from Japan. USA stole the whole story and make it a success.
    Now it’s time Doc…steal good ideas.. and don’t sit idle…..playing piano.
    We write here…not for Gerakan to read….but to tell them…their days are numbered.


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