What do you make out of these?

Last 2 months, so much have happened that are not right:

first, a state government toppled through hopping

Then a group of youth members from a certain party went into Parliament to confront an MP..

Then photos of seminude pictures of a ADUN surfaced, photos taken while she was asleep

Then there is the use of Sedition Act against an oppostion MP, a former lion of Jeluton, giving a perception of selective persecution prosecution,

A would be contestant for a top post of UMNO was barred from contesting, while others under the investigated under the same offense were given warnings, giving a perception that there is selective punishment even for its own kind,

What do you make out of these??

The signs are there that a different style of government will be in place after the change over..

I have hoped (against hope)  that a more liberal and people friendly and fairer policies would be adopted… BUt looking at the above incidents in the past 2 months, i think my hope will not be realised and certainly there would be more control and suppression of freedom of speech . ..

I have posted the Iranian experience in my last post ( Lessons from a theocratic state)  hoping that the new incoming leadership  would learn something from it… That suppression of human rights and freedom of speech could not stifle the masses from changing the government….That a government cannot go against the wills of the people for long…. The Shah had ordered its army to shoot on sight and into the demonstrating crowd, but in the end, he was overthrown..

The best way to gain the trust of the people is to practise good governance, be more liberal and fair, cut down on corruption and abuses, manage the people’s money well, be serious in improving the standard of living… etc etc and not by adopting suppressive measures nor using the state apparatus to selectively persecute political opponents…

History has shown time and again, a corrupt government cannot last long…

56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. desmond
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 16:48:20

    Dear Dr Hsu, your hopes and aspiration were still born the moment you thought it up. Being a member of Gerakan and from one that is quite “in” the local political scene, I am actually quite surprised that you have such hopes and expectations at all.

    The ruling government is incapable of changing, does not want to change and will not change its wayward, corrupted and evil way of sucking the country dry.One after another incident has proven it to be so…..again and again. The people are very tired of them and the only hope is for the people to rise up and take the necessary actions to rid the country of such politicians. At this stage any other political party/parties would give more hope that UMNO/BN.

    Otherwise this country will go the way of Lebanon of the 70s and 80s or Sri Lanka of the 80s and 90s. And we cannot afford to allow that to happen. We must all take the destiny of this country into our own hands, for leaving it to UMNO/BN would be another 50 years of chaos and disaster for all of us.

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  2. chinseng
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 16:49:45

    Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has made an impassioned plea to the King to not appoint Datuk Seri Najib Razak as prime minister, and instead appoint someone else from Umno “to bring us back from the brink.”

    Bravo Datuk Zaid Ibrahim… If HRH the King can do this, many many malaysian will be very very happy….

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  3. jamesloh18
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 18:41:15

    what do i make out of this ? writing is all on the walls…very soon silence of the night will happened…many will be arrested…some go missing……..this is nothing ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, more to come !

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  4. Richard Loh
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 19:26:16

    Umno has to clean up its act because a large proportion of the people in the country view Umno as arrogant and steeped in unhealthy practices, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

    The god had spoken, he wants to clean up umno!!

    But my answer to him is;

    Can you take the word of a person with so many baggages hanging around him to believe in what he said and promises. Most of what he described as things that need to be cleaned up and reformed are part and parcel of himself. If he does not reform and clean up himself first, how is he going to clean up umno?

    Nothing is going to stop him from becoming the PM, not even the Agong. We just have to live with it till the next GE. We just hope that he will not lock up everyone who are against him, trample the constitution to make him more untouchable or send his critics into oblivion.

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  5. anonymous
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 20:55:34

    “If he does not reform and clean up himself first, how is he going to clean up umno?”

    Straight to the point. Many in Gerakan may not agree with this though.

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  6. Kenny
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 21:37:36

    Asking Umno to reform is like asking a drug addict to kick the habit himself. Just like the drug addict, Umno needs help and the only help possible is to kick out Umno/BN at the next G.E. so they they can reflect on their mistakes.

    But here lies a caveat. A regime is at its most dangerous when it is fearful of losing power. What tricks will Umno spring on the hapless rakyat to prevent itself being booted out? Will the rakyat stand up to reclaim the country from these plunderers when the time comes?

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  7. Disgusted
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 21:57:14

    Gerakan is in a coma. I don’t know what can Gerakan do for the next 3 to 4 years.

    monk

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  8. anonymous
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 22:25:36

    Nomination system in Umno is already a flaw. After passing the nomination hurdle, barred from contesting because of a panel ruling.

    Incredible Umno. Fair? Democratic? Who is the architect?

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  9. chinseng
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 22:30:33

    Asking Umno to reform is like asking a drug addict to kick the habit himself. Just like the drug addict, Umno needs help and the only help possible is to kick out Umno/BN at the next G.E. so they they can reflect on their mistakes.

    Kenny,

    Well said! 100% agree

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  10. Amin
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 22:44:38

    The reasons lie somewhere wihin the confines of the following words of Dato’ Zaid,

    “We must recall that after the 2008 general election – a great success for the nation but a fiasco for Umno – one of the chief complaints by the powers-that-be within Umno was that Abdullah’s feeble leadership led to the concept of Ketuanan Melayu being challenged and ultimately undermined.

    His critics also lashed out at him for the latitude given to civil society, a move which they believed weakened a key aspect of Umno’s political leverage. It followed in Umno’s mind that in order to regain lost ground, it was necessary to reassert its ideology with greater strength.

    There was nostalgia for Mahathir’s heavy-handed style of leadership and a return to the times when the party cowed many into subservience and submission.The conservatives in Umno yearned for a return to Mahathirism, hoping that it would become a cornerstone of the leadership transition plan. There has been much speculation and punditry on whether a return to the Mahathir era would be good for Malaysia.”

    Dato’ Zaid was an insider then, thus what he says has a lot of truth.

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  11. Dr Hsu
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 22:58:35

    I have been saying that UMNO will never change until it loses in a General Election.. And i say the same thing with Malaysiakini…..Looking at what happens with the selective suspension, you can see it is still the same …

    And i agree with Kenny that ‘A regime is at its most dangerous when it is fearful of losing power.’

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  12. Disgusted
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 23:17:05

    With 900 over complaints, the figures speak for itself and whether it is serious for reform, those caught in numbers speak for itself, less than 2 dozen and perhaps, one or two big fishes.

    It is all sandiwara, a PR exercise at best. Barring from contest but can keep government portfolio. So many tale-telling signs that the dying dinosaur is not ready for changes. The only changes will be tightening the screw on the rakyat.

    Look at the candidates, all old mindsets and baggages they carry with a cupboard full of skeletons. All these have proven that you can forget any radical changes coming to positive.

    Yes, only voters can change them. There is no other way…it’s Hopson choice.

    Cilipadi, more cilli please.

    monk

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  13. cilipadi
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 00:06:14

    monk,

    Honestly, I gave up hope on these bunch of gerakan, mca & BN commentators in this forum. They conciously know the whole system they are in is rot to hell and know the root causes of all these problems and yet still harbour hope on their master. Just can’t find the logic behind their blind loyalty.

    Come to think of this, their loyalty are on the positions they hold and so-calleld kangtao they are getting from their political master, not really loyalty to their parties, Umno & BN as a whole. Just look at your Perak guy, he happily and unashamedly accept the so-called ‘Advisor’ post.

    Then KTK. He still has the face to tell people to give chance to Umno / BN.

    Whatever happening in Umno as we see are not convincing at all. How can a pot reform kettles?

    Whatever, they may not want to accept my view since I am just a non-Malaysian, but if they really want to accept my view to regain people’s support, my tip to them is to go for fresh GE. People’s support to Umno & BN will be back to you after the present leaders are gone because present set of leaders just couldn’t change.

    Whatever, accept or not accept my tip, you decide. I am not a Malaysian, after all……

    They forgot the taste of cilipadi? Their taste bud numb, probably. I hope not….

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  14. chinseng
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 00:22:38

    but if they really want to accept my view to regain people’s support, my tip to them is to go for fresh GE.

    Haha… cilipadi, they dare not face the rakyat of Perak and stay behind HRH the sultan.

    No state election in Perak. They wanna a fresh GE???

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  15. monsterball
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 04:03:01

    We understand how Najib’s father overthrew TAR.
    Now watch Najib…out doing his father’s performance. It is like Bush Jr….bullying Iraq and got Sadam Hussain hanged…..to please father.
    Up to age 40..Bush Jr. was a total failure. That idiot got elected as US President…..and crooks are actually running USA.
    It was 8 years under gangsters rules.
    Only one President in USA had a size 10 shoe thrown at him…for the whole world to see….yet Bush is not feeling any shame at all.
    In Malaysia…it is strange we are great copycat to whatever USA…is doing.
    A failure like Najib must also be PM.
    The differences is…Malaysians did not vote him in…Bush was voted in.
    So we are much smarter and less selfish..than US voters..as more than 70% came out to vote. In USA..it is around 52%.
    Brace yourself for all sorts of ridiculous charges….double standards….much greater corruptions….feeling helpless…..except to keep exposing them..without fear.
    Blogs after blogs….all clearly shows….unhappy with UMNO and Najib.
    Keep this on…with brave commentators….till 13th GE…and we will show UMNO who is the real boss of Malaysia.

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  16. cilipadi
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 09:01:37

    chinseng,

    Umno won’t go for GE, but the rest of BN maybe able to make Umno do that with no more alternative.

    All BN parties minus Umno, come on, you can do your part by pulling out of BN, after all, you guys have tried your best in coaxing your master to change but they just won’t change, they never change, and the present set of leadership are not able to convince Malaysian people to give their supports.

    You will see that in the coming bye-bye elections. They will be disastrous to them…..in the eyes of an outsider.

    Ghost of Altantuya still floating around….

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  17. peng
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 10:54:54

    The signs are so obvious. We know what to make out of all these. People who criticize too much got to watch their backs now. Any law or act can be twisted to allow prosecution.

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  18. petestop
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 12:00:43

    UMNO is a forgone conclusion, they cannot reform, in fact, after 308, they have but gone ultra-right.

    Now, the BIG question is that whether the other BeEnd component parties can reform ?

    If they can’t, it is just a confirmation of what we believe in and the MAIN reason why we voted against BeEnd.

    That is, the rest of BeEnd component parties are but a fraud, a false facade put up under the direction of UMNO to present a make believe “muhibbah” coalition.

    But instead it is a wolf in sheepskin, and as demonstrated after 308, we are deskinning the wolf.

    Actually the other BeEnd component parties, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, dan lain lain are the worse, because they are hypocrites. At least UMNO is showing their true colours.

    Therefore, Malaysian, beware of what really is behind BeEnd.

    Make sure your vote counts comes GE-13 !!

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  19. annoyed
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 12:13:07

    Excerpt from merdekablog.com

    “Undoubtedly, we should respect the Sultan. But there is the Constitution that is above everyone.

    Really, I do not see how these corrupted leaders are able to defend themselves when they face God one day.

    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37)

    Do we need to teach them money and power isn’t everything? They better change now or the punishment is for sure waiting for them.”

    It seems this article is published in Malaysiakini but edited to certain extent. Can read the original unedited version over here

    http://merdekablog.com/2009/03/12/how-would-bn-defend-her-actions-on-the-judgment-day/#more-964

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  20. pilocarpine
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 13:00:58

    god/allah/kamma will work in their own special way.

    it is only at the deathbed that one will be reminded of what had been done in the lifetime.

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  21. klm
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 14:08:50

    I was told that the SME loan guarantee has a condition. If you are not of the right kind there is a 101 reasons why your application is not processed.

    I wonder why MCA and Gerakan are still supporting this line. I believe many SMEs will drop like died flies this year. There are not enough demand and projects to sustain their operation.

    If the govt continue to have this division, then it will be difficult to recover from the crisis. Unemployment will climb.

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  22. annoyed
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 14:24:10

    If the below description of “Chow Kit” is not serious, then I don’t know what is the definition of “serious” to Umno-led government.

    “Here, in Chow Kit, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, less than a kilometre from the Twin Towers and a stone’s thrown from PWTC, life is cheap, drug users shoot up in the back alleys and children wander the streets hungry. Infants are bought and sold by syndicates, young children are supplied for prostitution and child-pornography. Hundreds of children are on the streets or homeless. They beg and hustle and sell themselves for sex. They are runaways or abandoned or neglected children, vulnerable to STD and HIV, to drug addiction and to rape and murder. Many among them have no registration papers. Although they may have been born to Malaysian parents they are “stateless” and therefore ineligible for free inoculation, medical education or education. They are abused and traded with impunity by criminals and corrupt officials because when they disappear it is without trace. They are nobody’s constituency.”

    http://razaleigh.com/

    Dr. Hsu,

    your clinic is in Pudu, I guess the situation there is not much better than Chow Kit. Who cares who will emerge 2nd head of Umno if condition in Chow Kit is not attended to? Chow Kit is only a small area compared to the whole Malaysia, mind you.

    Kuli is talking sense now. As far as I can remember, he seldom talk like that.

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  23. Dr Hsu
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 14:38:30

    MCA and Gerakan will probably drop like dead flies if things continue like this..

    Malaysian Foreign reserve has gone down from US $124 Billion in AUgust 2008 to US$96 billions in December, a drop of 28 billion US dollars in just 4 months…

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  24. Dr Hsu
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 14:51:58

    annoyed,
    Pudu is much better now except that there are many cases of snatch thefts in the backlanes…

    When i first opened in the 80s, there were so many Tai Ko coming to ask for protection money and I have always turned them down politely….

    Since some of us helped to form a RT (Kg Brunei section 3) , and the end of rent control, the area is much better now. Of course if you care to go to Jln Pasar, it is like a little CHina with some many Chinese nationals there seeling things on the road side, but i seldom go to Jln Pasar.

    I guess, after parcticing so many yrs there, and knowing everyone from house one to house no 100 (almost all have been treated by me one time or another),, and evry kids that i have treated in the 80s are now all adults, even the gangsters there have some respect for me…

    IN the 80s till now, and long before i joined political party, I have been an adviser to the Pudu Hawkers and petty traders association. I guess that help to get the respect too, as this is an area where everyone is either a hawker or a petty trader..

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  25. annoyed
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 15:12:00

    Dr. Hsu,

    Pudu area is lucky to have you there.

    Chow Kit not so lucky, even police has no gut to have a post over there.

    Cheers to you for your noble efforts. How come DAP Fong Kui Lun still won in Pudu despite you being a Gerakan member? Your Gerakan bosses may say you ‘back-stepping’ them😀

    Gerakan is lucky to have u, they are just not appreciative. Hopeless party, Gerakan.

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  26. Kenny
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 15:37:21

    Gerakan leadership has chosen to tie its future to Umno. It will sink with Umno but it will not necessarily rise with Umno.

    Fact is, Gerakan is redundant to Umno now after losing their old power base in Penang. Umno has MCA to deal with the Chinese.

    Gerakan’s fate mirrors that of PPP after this party lost its power base in Perak.

    Gerakan’s future in BN depends on re-capturing Penang but kowtowing to Umno isn’t going to help.

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  27. Dr Hsu
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 16:15:00

    annoyed,

    When it comes to election, Pudu which comes under Bukit BIntang constituency, will vote for opposition … It is still basically a CHinatown, with people surviving without much government help. Although Dr AYam Lee fromMCA has been very hardworking , the sentiments here is very pro-ooposition…

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  28. klm
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 16:32:48

    Dr Hsu.

    Do you mean Dr. Ayam Lee – chicken Lee.
    Sure cook one, lah. I hope he get cooked -no matter how good or hardworking he is. It may not him but the company he keeps. Can you be an honest man amongst thieves? I dont think so.

    Read “Malaysia could go the way of the Philippines – Brian Yap in MI” . Seems I am not the only one to say this.

    This SME loan guarantee thing is getting many people angry. What fairness?

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  29. annoyed
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 16:54:38

    Dr. Hsu,

    Pudu people there most likely don’t see you as a ‘politician’. You don’t look like a politician to me either. It is a kind of misfit of you in politics, especially in Gerakan.

    klm,

    you are right. non-BN are not their people. This is the way Umno is operating.

    Kenny,

    Gerakan, MCA, MIC are all parasites. You are right, they cannot survive without Umno. No way Gerakan can take back Penang. Forever no way.

    kenny

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  30. anon
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 17:02:29

  31. chinseng
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 17:03:05

    BY ELECTION RESULTS

    SO FAR PR : BeEnd = 2 : 0

    my prediction for next month

    PR : BeEnd = 5 : 0

    the score will be 5 : 0 man

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  32. chinseng
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 17:24:09

    ” Umno won’t go for GE, but the rest of BN maybe able to make Umno do that with no more alternative. ”

    came on… cilipadi, many MCA as well as Gerakan top leaders are now waiting for their turns to be apointed as a cabinet Minister by next month… the only chance in their life time… will they agree to turn the table on UMNO???..

    Didn’t you hear it loud and clear from one of Dr. Hsu VP… ” If you want to be a Minister, have to say it loud and clear… if the President do not want it, there are many other Gerakan Leaders wanted that position! ”

    For MCA or Gerakan to leave BeEnd, their party will be split into two! the half that pro UMNO will get all the kang tao…

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  33. Kenny
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 17:42:49

    Something very unusual is happening in Bukit Selambau. There a about a dozen people vying for the seat, mostly as independents. Why so much interest in this seat? Is it because the victor will be worth RM15 million to support BN?

    Where you reap you must sow. Has BN created this culture of money politics?

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  34. petestop
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 18:34:58

    I bring to your attention, a reminder of what have been uttered by the “Senior” VP of UMNO, Ali Rustam:

    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/19321/84/

    In a nutshell, he is saying that UMNO can govern alone, all the other BeEnders can go to hell, and that “he is with Najib” on this.

    So, be fearful, BeEnders, as these same gang going to take over as PM soon.

    Indeed, this whole country is hijacked by UMNO, and the PM-ship is hijacked by one guy, who we never voted for and most likely will fail a majority vote amongst the Rakyat.

    Who is stupid here ?

    All the “ke-le-fair” BeEnd component parties who knowingly or unknowingly is contributing towards a hijack govt by a few…. (Perak is but a demonstration of their modus operandi)

    OR

    The Rakyat… for continuing to vote in BeEnd ??

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  35. kautim
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 20:10:16

    dr,

    just wondering why are you still in the party that works hand in glove with UMNO, a blatant corrupt and racist party?

    for all the negativity, you still think that Gerakan and UMNO can be reformed?

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  36. Richard Loh
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 20:27:50

    Dr. Hsu,

    Your last posting “There must be accountability” cannot be access. It’s over 5 hrs since you posted it. Just to let you know, wonder if other can access the page.

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  37. chinseng
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 21:50:37

    kenny,

    wa lau eh, that Bt seat worth 15m. I also now thinking of putting up my nomination as an independent already…. good business venture.

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  38. Dalbinder Singh
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 23:38:07

    hi dr.hsu,

    by any chance, is it possible to get dr.koh’s view on this posting you wrote. thanks

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  39. monsterball
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 01:51:47

    hahahahahahaha

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  40. Seng
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 06:48:11

    What do I make out of this?

    I see that you are also seeing the same writings on the wall.

    In short, Malaysia DESPERATELY need a change of government in the next GE, if we want to have the smallest chance to arrest this general decline and have a better future for our children and grandchildren. If UMNO still leads the government in the next GE, there is no real future for Malaysians.

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  41. Dr Hsu
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 07:49:49

    Richard Loh,
    Had some problems while editing the post.

    Will write and post it again today, probably later.

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  42. Dr Hsu
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 07:56:29

    Dalbinder Singh,

    KTK knows about this….. People around him knows about this…

    What is he going to do about this…That is the million dollar question many people are asking…

    The probable answer is most probably ” wait and see”, knowing the style of the person.

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  43. annoyed
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 11:50:59

    KTK is a kind of ‘sisy’ boy. He dare not make any stand.

    How come you Gerakan members chose him to be president? You all should sack him by now.

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  44. Disgusted
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 13:11:58

    Cilipadi,

    Cilli will always be cilli and cannot be honey.

    Then, there is NO other way but to vote UMNO candidates out, ALL, if possible. Only if Malaysians are united on this, every single THINKING Malaysian, vote AGAINST UMNO candidates.

    That’s the ONLY way!

    monk

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  45. klm
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 13:32:36

    I kind of agree with annoyed.

    KTK was not prepared for tackling politics tough problems.

    KTK’s approach is classic trader, a typical Malaysian trait born of generations of traders.
    And I suspect his forebears were traders in Penang, like many people there.

    Traders dont believe in rocking the boat. Their mentalities are – What do you want, we can talk and settle. I give your this, you give me that.
    This worked when time was good.

    Today, time is different. This time we need change. This is not the time to compromise on principles.

    Therefore, we need leaders who can take charge.
    Leaders who can fight for the change. And KTK is not such a leader. He is not the right person for Gerakan for time we are in.

    So is it any surprise that he is performing far below expectation. I am surprised that Gerakan members had not given him the famous Donald Trump’s line – “you are fired”

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  46. annoyed
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 14:03:05

    N in itself sounds like “end”. It may signifies the “end” of of something like so & so is the last one in a position and the “end” of an era.

    To “end” this “N”, our votes on hand are the one we should do by voting out “N” and his gang to end an era and to begin with a brand new “N”, that i.e. –

    New Malaysia.

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  47. klm
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 14:08:01

    I had an interesting discussion with my french friend on the situation in France. This may have an impact on us in time to come.

    1. There had been an organised nationwide strike in France. The demand was for the govt to protect the labour during the economic crisis. Sakorzy, the PM said that the govt cannot do much more, given it is 60B euro in debt, i.e. France is broke.

    If the govt do not do anything, a second strike will be organised.

    2. The european govts are concerned that the strike may spread and turn violent. If the strike become violent, we may see a second storming of the Bastille. Many european countries could be hit by strikes. And street battles?

    3. According to my french friend, there are two persons who people see as being able to fix things. Sakorzy who is on the right wing, and another guy who is on the extreme left wing – i.e. communism. If Sakorzy dont fix the economic crisis problem, people may switch support to the communists. So, there is a possibility that communism may flourish in the land of its origin.

    4. There is a feeling in east germany, that it may that unification was a mistake.

    We could see a resurgence of communism as a result the crisis. For sure, labour will become more aggressive and left wing politics gain ascendancy.

    Finally, we may see the world going one full circle.

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  48. Dr Hsu
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 15:38:05

    klm,
    your perspective on the party as well as Europe is kind of spot on.

    the first rule in the party is ‘do not rock the boat’, and I mentioned in front of all national delegates that we the members did not rock the boat but people rocked and abandoned your boat, that was after 308…

    The same ‘not rock boat’ mentality is still around..

    By the way, he was from across the Straits S East of Penang..

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  49. klm
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 16:12:35

    Dr Hsu. I was wrong on his origin. But I am sure his forebears had to be traders. My amateur psychoanalysis still works.

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  50. klm
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 16:14:55

    And Oh, something struck me. Most members of Gerakan are from Penang – they are traders not fighters.🙂 – so no rocking the boat. Si liow.

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  51. Dr Hsu
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 16:22:12

    klm,
    You are right. They are all traders…

    Trading is how politics is played in Malaysia: You scratch my back, I will scratch yours..

    Various ways of trading:

    In return for your support, I will name you to this positions and so on….

    In return for your support, I will give you a “Ho lan Soi’ Cap

    You support my relations, i will support you for the highest post

    You talk of ideology and erode my base, I will think of ways to ‘kill’ you off since ideology is just like hanging goats heads outside but selling dog meats instead

    You give me so many votes, I will ask so mnay of them to vote for you..

    Nevermind the people, you suport me I will give you all these kangdaos

    ..So on and so forth…Worse with the big brother, slightly less in MCA and MIC,… much less in Gerakan except for a few ….Gerakan’s delegates are much more independent and do not talk about kangdao, otherwise i wont even be in the CC now since I have basically no base and nothing to offer except my heretic views and ideology.

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  52. annoyed
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 17:10:30

    Dr. Hsu,

    You are indeed an ‘ideologist’ not a ‘politician’.

    BN politicians looking for kangdao, and you scratch my back, I scratch yours……I ampu you, you give me biscuit crumbs. They stoop to the lowest to get these kangdao and crumbs.

    Being an ideologist yourself, you can write your ideals till all the cows agree with you, but at end of days, if voters are intoxicated by these BN politicians when voting time dues, your ideals that voters bought (free of charge, no hard cash involves), will go into drains and history will repeat itself on and on. These BN politicians will still having their last laugh at ideologists like you and many.

    What to do then? No point to remain as ‘ideologist’ among these scratching backs politicians, they won’t buy your ideals.

    People like you should go all out to keep reminding voters to vote against, not just Umno, but its scratching back partners. If not, things back to square one.

    As monk said, “That’s the ONLY way!” ]:)

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  53. anun
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 21:03:32

    klm on March 20, 2009
    at 1:32 pm

    KTK’s approach is classic trader, a typical Malaysian trait born of generations of traders.
    And I suspect his forebears were traders in Penang,

    His father was a very prominent man in Penang , Datuk Koh Peng Tin , and was a staunch MCA supporter . He had a brother in law Mr Gooi who was an ex-DAP assemblyman . So thier family was quite rojak politically , with him in Gerakan .

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  54. klm
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 22:33:05

    I can presume that KTS’s father Datuk Koh Peng Tin is a businessman.

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  55. klm
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 22:42:57

    The psyche of Malaysians is a trader – buy and sell.

    The history of the land (other than the orang alsi) had always been trading. Many of the prominent families were founded on trading. This had been and is still the strength. Is it any wonder when Malaysia is the 19th largest trading nation in the world.

    However, when trading is applied to politics, it is bad.

    Now we see it in UMNO, trading money for votes – money politics. Somehow, they dont see anything wrong. Ali Rustam – no reason to resign as CM.

    UMNO with Gerakan, MCA and MIC – Dr. Hsu has so nicely described what happened.

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  56. hamderhak
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 18:20:01

    Dear Dr. Hsu,

    Being in Gerakan, what was the sentiments when UMNO Penang played the racial card calling the Chinese Pendatangs and the UMNOputras leaders of Penang UMNO publicly tearing and stamping the ex-CM KTK’s official photo ?

    Despite all these threats and call for Gerakan to leave BN , why is it that Gerakan still want to sleep with UMNO ? Doesn’t Gerakan have any face and dignity at all ?

    The corrupt practices in UMNO and BN component parties are despicable and yet no one within BN worth his pinch of salt came out and condemn it.
    I have not heard anything on this issue from you, Dr. Hsu either !

    You have to agree that Gerakan is a sunset party and the PRU in March 08 is a teatimony to this trend. Fighting for your political principles is one thing but groping in the dark corridors of BN is another.

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