Be the president’s man

Blame it on my naive mind, but I was not able to understand why a person who was elected as Ketua Pemuda was left out, whereas the one who was defeated was appointed to a government post.  Not that I was a fan of the elected youth head; I was in fact a critic of the person.

When things can be compromised in the name of politics, then a lot of things are definitely not right… With this, I am not hopeful of any real reform coming…

So the winner is the loser and the vanguished is the winner… How ironic and confusing to my simple mind….

The message is clear. No point  offering oneself  for positions in the party.. Just be the president’s man and you will get appointed even if you lose.. And that is what is being practised in Bn component parties ; young men of little calibers were appointed to positions just because they sing the tunes of the head or the eunuchs of the party. 

That is the culture we are witnessing , and all talks of going back to grassroots sound empty…

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76 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ahoo
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 11:25:54

    The newly minted PM is indeed smart, lah ! Don’t down play his political skills. On one side it looks like KJ is being dumped BUT I think likely there is a compromise somehow.

    How long can someone with double, triple heart by-pass live ? On one side, PM is seen as pleasing the old man for now and likely thing will change in the very near future as he knows that he cannot just ignore the youth for too long as they are the backbone of the main party.

    As the saying goes,…… there is no permanent friends nor foes in politics, mah ! Tq

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  2. Low Keing Hooi
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 11:34:44

    Yeah… Its just a joke within UMNO!

    Having said that, Gerakan is no more better than them. Appointment of KTK (a non elected representative) to the ministerial post (i am in doubt of the importance of that post) can further strengthen the deterrance of Gerakan to ‘speak out’ (if they really attempted to) the voice of the people.

    So Gerakan, just make yourselves a good obedience boy under UMNO governance.

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  3. Dr Hsu
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 11:44:26

    Sdr Low,
    how are you?
    Understand your sentiments and agree fully.

    I qoute my previous comment to Atila this morning:

    Gerakan lost in Penang because it had become too complacent , thinking that people would not vote them out … How wrong the party was, and the party paid a heavy price for that.

    Without true reform, which can only be done when it severes its umbilical cord with UMNO, it cannot achieve true reform….

    But it is getting more difficult to severe the umbilical cord with the acceptance of this appointment of a minister position, even though the intention might be good to try to go inside to change from inside; but intention being intention, past actions have proved that BN cannot be changed from inside … since 82 till now..

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  4. Richard Loh
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 11:46:24

    Many a time that I had said, they can never change, because if they change, the dough is never going to flow into their bank accounts. All the fight for position is not to serve the rakyat, but for power and greed.

    We are told not to believe the lies on the internet. The lies that are told since najib took over are kj will not be in the cabinet list, tm had a hand in it, najib had to retain most of the old guards, najib had to please tm and this is the latest lie that I add, najib is just like badawi “cakap tak serupa bikin”. The show has just begun, more flip flop, more stern actions (the bad ones), more corruptions and more the same old things that umno usually do to divide and rule. “Believe It Or Not”

    tm has described the new cabinet as “more or less graft-free”. What a real joker he is.

    I am just sick of all these nonsense.

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  5. vsvsv
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 11:59:12

    After so many months of this power snatching moments, Najib please get your new cabinet starts working and serving effortlessly on our people and country. Its a mess out there and really our country has been “dead” for so many months since the GE.

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  6. Low Keing Hooi
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 12:03:41

    I am fine Sdr Dr Hsu.. and hope you are staying good as well..

    I agree to what you said too.

    I think through some of my writings and readings in your blog, you must have felt that we do share some mutual sentiments and aspirations towards the nation as well as Gerakan (correct me if I am wrong).

    However, after so many defeats of BN over the past by elections, their attitudes and cultures have not seen to be improved. If we want to see their actual reform indeed happen within BN, Yes! it will only be after their total defeats in the GE.

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  7. Observer
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 12:25:07

    As the new PM is in a precarious position, he needs to consolidate his position first before he can attempt any serious changeovers now.

    I believe the appointments of KJ and JJ will come soon at another stage where some remnants of TAB`s men will be put to retire again . Najid needs to pacify Dr. M and rewards his warlords first and to juggle not to antagonise other factions within UMNO at this moment. Just anticipate more changes when he is in stronger footings later.

    The appointments of Anifah and KTK are to nullify the threats of them breaking away from BN.

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  8. klm
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 12:55:47

    Dr Hsu.

    Ref your comment :

    “young men of little calibers were appointed to positions just because they sing the tunes of the head or the eunuchs of the party.”

    How true. This had gone on for several generations – not just now. That is why we are seeing less and less capable people in the political parties especially Gerakan. Each generation of imbeciles creates another generation of bigger imbeciles. That is why we have morons in BN component parties.

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  9. clearwater
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 12:56:36

    Dr. Hsu,

    You sound disillusioned with Najib’s cabinet. Did you honestly expect a true reformist cabinet with fresh faces and bringing new ideas to be appointed? I think you continue to hope against hope but knowing in your heart of hearts only a Bn-Umno defeat in the next GE can spark meaningful change. Have a good day.

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  10. YSW
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 12:57:37

    As one has described, the whole bunch of politicians in the new cabinet are just “Old wine in a new bottle”. Nothing less, nothing more. Same old story, same old song.
    This time it was indeed a surprise that the praying mantis KTK is in the new line-up. He was whacked properly in the 0803 election by his own Penangnites. Anyway, those “ketuaans” in UMNO need someone like him wagging his tail around. Makes them feel real good.
    That mamak kutty son and that cleaning lady CMF have so thick a face after being rejected by the very people, still have the cheek to take their posts. They should be doing what they did best. For one, be a little daddy boy playing with his toys. For the other, get a mop and begin cleaning the shit and dirt in Putrajaya toilets. Pay particular attention to the men’s one.

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  11. Ken
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 13:17:46

    Koh Tsu Koon in charge of unity is a joke! Would you expect a wimp like him to rebuke Umno politicians who spew the racist line? Even a minor Umno warlord in Penang can insult him with impunity. As for performance, how is a wimp going to get other ministries to perform? Is he in charge of monitoring only?

    KTK’s ministerial responsibilities seem to be frivolous and inconsequential. If he has any pride, he should refuse it. But of course he has been salivating for this for a long time. A willing eunuch if ever there is one!

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  12. Chauncey Gardener
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 14:18:18

    I’m not sure what the Unity portfolio of KTK is all about but for KPI, can’t Najib just hire some HR consulting firm to measure performance objectively ???

    I mean, they have the metrics and quantifiable programmes already so, what can KTK add value in this KPI Performance part of his portfolio ?

    A number of people have expressed that unity is already lacking at the primary school level. Is this a job for the Unity Minister or the Education Minister ? Who has the power to implement unity reform in schools ? By any reckoning, the Minister of Education has the power to block any programmes deem unsuitable for schools.

    Et tu, TS KTK ?

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  13. klm
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 14:30:23

    Minister of Unity is just a glorified office clerk lah. Gaji banyak.Proton Perdana and driver ada. After all, taxpayers are paying. Now, Gerakan will not talk of leaving BN. KTK will have to shut all dissidents in his party, to keep his job.

    Dr. Hsu. It will not be good for you. You are the biggest dissident.

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  14. Dr Hsu
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 14:47:57

    in high level meetings , I have always be the most vocal and attacked on isssues, like an opposition.

    But i notice nowadays, a lot of things are just decided in the management committe (CWC) which is different from the CC. In KL, i was totally in the dark as to what is going on….

    My neck is out on the block but so far i have just been following our ideology and you cannot chop a member who is uttering the party ideology… that is no good for the image… so have to tahan lah.. That is why i call myself a thorn….

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  15. annoyed
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 14:55:00

    Your guys who call among yourselves ‘Saudara’ or ‘Saudari’, who shared the same sentiments as Dr. Hsu and Low Keing Hooi, should seriously:-

    Option 1-
    resign from Gerakan,
    and remain stay apolitical from thereon

    Option 2-
    resign from Gerakan,
    and join any parties of PR

    Option 3-
    resign from Gerakan,
    and form a 3rd force political party, present the party as the 3rd alternative to Malaysia

    There is no other option for you guys. You guys stay in Gerakan for so long, for the purpose of reform Gerakan, and convince your leader KTK to pull out of BN. But, this guy instead being adamant that he can perform magic to Umno / BN from inside, and accepted appointment as Minister.

    Don’t waste your time, consider my suggested options above.

    But, if you guys opt for Option 3, please work closely with PR so that not spoiling the soup in GE by splitting votes. If not, Umno will still be power, and that spells the end of Malaysia.

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  16. klm
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 15:18:22

    Dr. Hsu. Gerakan is practicing decision by crony rather than decision by elected consensus. This is to avoid dissension. I decide for you.

    So, I guessed right on the shutting out of dissidents.

    1. There is no reason to stay in the party. The leader and his crony has hijack the party from the members.

    2. There is no reason for members to remain. The party is for the benefit of a s few. And the leader and his cronies have ignored the party ideology for their own gains.

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  17. annoyed
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 15:18:28

    “the first Malaysian Cabinet with the most number of political rejects”

    (They are) namely (Gerakan president) Koh Tsu Koon, (Umno Wanita chief) Shahrizat Abdul Jalil), (MCA Wanita chief) Chew Mei Fun and (Umno supreme council member) Awang Adek Hussin.

    …….Kit Siang per Malaysiakini

    I think, Najib would say, at least these people were elected by their party members.

    Then, I would asked, how about Khairy, elected by his party members and rakyat, yet not appointed a Minister post?

    I guess, Najib will response, “that is my prerogative as PM”.

    I shake my head and say to myself, no wonder Malaysia is in deep shits. He is remotely being controlled. Umno has no more chance next GE.

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  18. petestop
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 15:31:31

    Doc Hsu,

    Glad that there are still many Gerakan grassroots who still subscribe to Gerakan original ideology.

    One question, being essential a party subscribing to democratic socialism, how come Gerakan is not a member of Socialist International ?

    On the other hand, Gerakan is more buddy-buddy with the political right, parties divided along racial line with the main actor, UMNO bordering towards fascism.

    Therefore, after 20+ years of KTK “trying to change from inside”, even Perak’s Gerakan own Chang Ko Youn is now “Chinese Affairs Advisor” to the illegitimate Perak MB.

    In effect, Gerakan is become a racialist party, even ursurping the traditional role by MCA.

    Come on, really, who Gerakan is trying to kid.

    A party who does not hold on to its ideology or at least state the fact that it no longer subscribe to its original ideology, is but a party without principle.

    And do we want to vote a party without principle into power ??

    Gerakan grassroots, it is now or never !

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  19. Kenny
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 16:19:36

    Koh Tsu Koon’s portfolio as Minister of Unity and Performance is superfluous and frivolous. It carries no policy or operational importance at all.

    The fact that he is willing to be appointed to this largely redundant post shows that Koh is in politics for the trappings of power rather than a genuine desire to serve.

    I guess carry balls or as the Hokkien say, “por lum pah” can get you somewhere after all.

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  20. cilipadi
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 17:00:52

    This is what I see BeEnd culture
    Every party want face
    To show they are relevant, got power
    So, every party want positions
    Big or small never mind
    Mentality of face saving
    No power, just superficial one
    But, they still ‘suka hati’, this is what I learned from Malay friends
    With such mentality, how to have a lean Cabinet?
    the most number of political rejects
    Malaysian Boleh, you tell me how
    Top level want Minister
    Upper middle level want Senator
    Lower middle level want Councilor
    Grassroots level want ‘kangtao’, like what my Penang friends told me
    No wonder no one still in their respective parties
    I bet, no one will resign
    They still hoping for ‘biscuit crumbs’

    siapa makan cili, dia rasa pedas

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  21. petestop
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 17:37:03

    Indeed with so many back-door-entry-Ministers, who is not voted in by the people, therefore, not accountable to the people, only accountable to Najib…..

    …. what does it says about Democracy in Malaysia.

    We might as well worship the Premier.. and hope for a handout Ministership.

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  22. cilipadi
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 17:50:27

    “Of course it was insult all the way that someone (who was former Penang chief minister) who could’nt unite his own party Gerakan was given the task of uniting the country.”

    ….Susan Loone’s blog

    Susan Loone is right on target

    http://sloone.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/bernama-gave-us-a-new-pm/

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  23. Disgusted
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 17:52:40

    There is no political culture here is Bolehland, that’s why it is called Bolehland, anything goes according to the whims and fancy of the Supreme regime leader. With conditions of course, loyalty and patronage and playing the ABC role.

    Winners don’t get posts and losers get rewarded. In fact, some of these warlords justified as a great move, “Winners don’t win all and losers don’t lose everything.” But politics here have “progressed” and maybe this is UMNo’s brand of reform. Losers end up winners and vice versa.

    There is no value system and in plain simple language, politics here is bankrupt of a positive and credible culture. Political culture.

    There are so many factors that the supremo had taken into consideration in his choice of the cabinet menu. Those close and trustworthy to him, were given more important posts, Home, Defence and education.

    Of course, Gerakan gets a “floating” rubber tire to keep the leadership from sinking further. KTK got a monitoring job. I wonder if this function will end him doing a “bad guy”: job. And I wonder if it will work. We all know, MCA and Gerakan for many times, after a GE, often promised monitoring its own elected representatives on performance. And it always whimper and died a natural cause. Ling and OKT did tried and all gave up. Even Ling failed to summit progressive reports of his own ministry at one time though he was the one who imposed upon his lackey leaders.

    KTK was advised to do it without fear and favor. I doubt he has the “balls” to carry out the role (against powerful ABCs of his political masters). Well, to be fair, let’s watch.

    Otherwise, cilipadi, get your cili ready. You know who to give to.

    monk

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  24. Disgusted
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 18:18:16

    Cilipadi,

    Our nation’s warlords have a culture. The culture is, “Talk one thing, doing another thing.”

    So now we have been told, “One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now.”

    So the choice and lineup of the “Cab_Been-Nut” is the key word. One BN, People Last and General Election Later.

    The Cabinet only consist of 20 per cent new material, most wooden component quite rotten and really a baggage of the old.

    Really reformed or deformed? You guess is as good as mine. Malaysiainsider has two good articles on commentary: one by Tunku Aziz.

    Better than Ong Kian Ming’s analysis, anyway. Like the Chinese saying goes, Old ginger is more effective (fiery) and Tunku Aziz is really old gingerly analysis.

    monk

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  25. cilipadi
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 18:31:31

    monk,

    KTK a Baba?

    Baba, I heard, is expert in cili.

    They can stand ‘pedas’ one. Don’t waste my cili on him.

    KTK makan cili, KTK rasa pedas?

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  26. Disgusted
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 18:35:49

    Talk one thing, doing another thing.

    On April 6, the new supremo delivered a speech to the Press Institute. In his speech, he called on the press. quote, “Perform your duties without fear and consequence.” (unquote)

    On April 9, his ministry barred online Merdeka Review to cover a briefing after his “Can-Been-Nut” announcement. The invited guest list comprised of “friendly and ABC” newspaper chieftains like Wong Chun Wai (Star) and blogger like Rocky Bru.

    Those dissenters (online like Malaysiakini etc) and unfriendly bloggers (i.e. Harris, Zorro) were left out.

    Our hollow political culture, Talk one thing and do another thing. The Chinese saying goes, “Kua yong yok, mai kau yok.” (in Cantonese)

    I eat cili with padi

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  27. cilipadi
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 18:48:37

    Malaysian PMs are slogan specialists, monk.

    What happened to ‘Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah’ ?

    Wawasan 1010, can achieve?

    Don’t work with me, work for me? after that, what happened?

    Islam Hadhari? Can you understand Islam better now? monk

    Latest slogan – “One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now.” Really? A few hours in office already ‘tak boleh’. Let see from now until next GE, be fair to new PM,….

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  28. petestop
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 19:13:44

    http://teresakok.com/2009/04/10/gambar-foto-di-pilihan-raya-kecil-april-2009/

    Looks here, Kuala Sepetang ceramah organised by Gerakan/BN, with guest start, KTK himself.

    But only few people turn out, despite what looks like Karaoke girl.

    This kind of “leader” also can become Minister ??

    What a bloody joke and insult to the voting Rakyat !!

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  29. Eagle Eye
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 21:19:24

    Hello Doc,
    Wazup, Najib is playing Poker with KJ. He had a private deal with him, which is just to please TDM. Obviously it is his right to appoint any one as his cabinet gang, but to deny KJ is just like shooting himself in the leg, come the next party election. Don’t count KJ out just as yet.

    He is a very cunning and a real foxy clown on the loose. Najib has a lot to loose if he totally disregards and despise KJ. I am no KJ supporters neither I knows him personally, but that is the actual situation that prevail between both of them privately and currently.

    Mukriz is there bcos of TDM, and he will be a no cure pill for Najib shd he is ailing. The correct antidote to his problem is to be nice to KJ, whether he like it or not, that is the deal. Mukriz is a total failure in every aspect of his venture, but luck goes with him thru his father. But for how long TDM can do the cushioning job for his prodigal son. I wish I cud be like him, what a poor me, then!

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  30. Atila
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 21:51:19

    Dr. Hsu

    New cabinet lined up now. Waitlah see what they perform next 6 months.

    Next we observe the GLCs, one by one proPLah and proKJ will terpelanting.

    After this we see what happens with PM’s coming trade mission to China, if he gets the date.

    These people “change shirt” each time “change” pants”. Wow!!

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  31. Frank
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 22:55:44

    When Koh Tzu koon was a protege of Tun, he carried a brief case of Tun behaved like a filial kid! Then out of whimsy, the Chinese educationists lent him the logo and he wanted to be the one of the mightiest musketeers to explore the den of BN and propagated the so-called – change from inside! For more than decades of ‘struggle’ by this ‘gentleman’, even authoritative scepter had been given, instead of he changes BN, BN changed him, effectively!

    What drivel he is talking about change again this time when all the voters have given up and fed up with him to the extent their furore burnt the house of Gerakan like fire, it has been devastated! His slogan of ‘change’ has turned out to be a rhetorical hocus pocus!

    Gerakan has ever since become “Party Gelakan” and it’s a matter of time, people or voters will add in bearing to see it sinks faster than The Titanic, hardly any chance it can be reincarnated! Many out on the streets have said, come next GE, Gerakan will be totally sunk, a day of reckoning is beating its drum!

    The same flip-flop, hypocritical, shilly shally, self seeking are what we can see from him and his only caliber is to polish the boots of whoever become the king! A word of advise, for the sake of gaining for himself the minimum respect from the community, pls does himself a favor of saving his craps of that – he is for the people or for the good of the dying Party, he needs to have a place in the cabinet to make it effective! Peoples out there know him too well!

    Fools us no more!!!

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  32. annoyed
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 00:22:21

    Before I slip my mind, maybe an over-sized lady gave the idea of “1 Malaysia” after her shopping spree in “1 Utama” Shopping Complex……

    If you listen to a shopaholic for idea, that’s the end of it…

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  33. chinseng
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 00:45:19

    KTK as Minister of Unity and Performance…. aiyo… he seem very happy and see what he said today about his new job in the cabinet!

    He said today (as reported in chinese dailies in Penang) that he will catch the tail of cats and dogs…. ( i say the dog will turn around and bit his hand off )

    Why catch only the cats and dogs… what about catching all the Big Fish… the Big Buaya… the Big Tigers ( Including his big boss now the mr. C4? the 400million of taxpayer money as commission to purchase submarime)

    Aiyo… he is only interested to play play with dogs and cats lah…

    I am now very very Disgusted and annoyed

    I need some good and hot hot cilipadi to tune off my sences…

    adoi…

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  34. romerz
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 01:08:59

    I haven’t had time to write a post on the new cabinet in my blog so I’ll share some thoughts I have about KTK’s appointment as minister in the PM’s department.

    As KTK admitted, Gerakan did lobby for the position. I would like to add here that having known KTK for 23 years and worked with him for 10 years, I do not think he sought the trappings of power. He is simply not that type of person unless my judgment of him is totally out.

    Despite my opposing his politics today (he knows it and I haven’t spoken to him in 5-6 months), I will still stand by my belief that he is not a power hungry politician.

    He feels responsible that Gerakan suffered its worst electoral defeat under his watch. He also feels that it is his responsibility to bring back the party to relevance but unfortunately he no longer knows how.

    In some sense he is poorly advised that having a voice in the cabinet will somehow enable them to play the role of ‘BN’s conscience’ and in turn attract ‘middle ground’ Malaysians back to them.

    On this I have to say that he and his advisers are greatly mistaken. I have said this to him before, Gerakan is finished, simple as that. It has missed opportunity after opportunity to leave the BN and do something for itself but alas they wasted those opportunities.

    In short, KTK and Gerakan are grasping at straws trying to stay alive and not consigned to the history books. Unfortunately for them, the inability to think out of the box is going to send them there. Too bad Dr Hsu is only 1 lone voice in the CC.

    Having said the above, I still stand by my belief that KTK is a decent person, just ill advised and not a risk taker by nature (to put it mildly). Not the best of traits for the leadership of a Malaysian political party where its a dog-eat-dog world.

    I can tell you all from my meetings with KTK soon after 8 March where a few of us tried to persuade him to bring Gerakan out of BN (Dr Hsu was present as well) and the truth is KTK originally did not agree to the goading of his cadres to lobby for a senatorship and a cabinet position. He was actually skeptical of the idea and felt that it was not right considering that Gerakan was almost wiped out by winning only 2 parliamentary seats out of the many it contested.

    I do not know what happened after I broke off contact with KTK 6 months ago but I can only guess that those cadres of his won his mind over.

    This is his weakness. The need to please those who blow smoke up his ass and thinking that they are his and the party’s only salvation.

    If only he had been strong minded enough to reach out to Dr Hsu and others like the good doc, KTK and Gerakan would not be in the predicament it is in right now.

    My opinion is that he will fail as a unity minister because those who would disrupt Malaysia’s unity are real bad people and a big stick would be needed. These people are beyond persuasion.

    Though I wish KTK well, I do not think he can wield the big stick and most probably will be trampled on by the racist bastards especially when he no longer commands the support of ordinary Malaysians of middle ground Malaysia.

    Dr Hsu, you have my permission to reproduce this comment for KTK. I still hold him in high regard as an ordinary fellow Malaysian but not as a politician and especially a party leader in the local scene. Please tell him I have nothing against him except his politics.

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  35. romerz
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 01:22:34

    I forgot to add that I have also once told KTK that he is leading an army of lieutenants without foot soldiers.

    I told him that do not be fooled into thinking the reports of his lieutenants that the army is fine and ready to charge.

    I told him that one day he may shout “charge” and there is no one behind him because the foot soldiers have gone AWOL and joined the ‘enemy’ or refuse to fight anymore and the self-serving lieutenants are too busy saving their own skins!

    Poor man but no one to blame but himself for not being able to recognize real friends from fair-weathered friends!

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  36. Justin Choo
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 01:27:35

    The Star Friday 10 April reports on page N4 that the Gerakan thief..oops sorry, I mean chief felt “humbled and honoured” to be included in the new PM’s team.

    Makes me shed tears of emotion!!

    Hahahahaha!!!!!

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  37. clearwater
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 04:33:48

    romerz,

    Your commentary on KTK is fair and balanced. He is well meaning but ineffectual. An academic should not go into the boxing ring. He will be humbled and made to weep in frustration. I already feel for him even before he takes up his post.

    Dr Hsu,

    I voted Gerakan in Segambut parliamentary constituency until the last GE. I was sympathetic to their original ideals and being acquainted with some party leaders since 1980’s in Penang. However, the leadership in the last 2 decades forsook their party’s roots and Gerakan evolved into just another BN party largely representing Chinese communal interest in competition with the MCA. In its present form, it does not enjoy my support, nor that it seems, of the voters. Gerakan has been carrying the deadly BeEnd virus the last 2 decades. It is incurable unless it leaves the BN coalition. Even then, it may already be too late. The few good doctors in Gerakan cannot help much. Disease has spread throughout the body.

    Have a good weekend nonetheless.

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  38. annoyed
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 09:37:46

    romerz,

    My mind is very simple and straight forward. A political reject is still a political reject no matter how good KTK is as an individual.

    In a democracy, where rakyat is the boss, we choose the representatives that we deem alright through elections to serve us. We pay them salaries and perks (through taxes paid) for the services being people’s representatives and in government as minister, deputy minister, exco, councilor and etc.

    KTK is simply not what people want to be in position of responsibility. By accepting such appointment, he is in fact a politician without principle. Unless KTK services in the position without salary, proton perdana, driver, allowances and other perks (which are from our taxes paid), then, by all means, SERVICES FOR FREE.

    Najib, by appointing KTK and other political rejects, is himself wrong in doing so. He overrides our democratic rights.

    Justin, KTK is not worth your tears. He is not worth even crocodile tears.

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  39. Low Keing Hooi
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 09:42:29

    Well said Romerz!

    Good advice not always easy to be accepted.

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  40. Lai Kee Kong
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 10:51:52

    Najib was trying to placate the voices of the chinese when he appointed KTK and also an extra MCA deputy minister in the cabinet. The massive shift in chinese voters sentiment in Bukit Gantang has spooked them. With the Malays split down the middle, the non-malay voters and the Sabah-Sarawak voters will be the kingmakers in the next election. The non malay component parties had always complained about the unequal treatment in the perkongsian kuasa of BN. I think this gesture is too little too late. BN will lose power in the next election. But all is not loss. Gerakan can rise up again in the aftermath because its concept and politics is sound and right. It just that over the years, it has been taken over by people who believe in power and wealth more than ideals and rights. When the bloodsuckers is gone, Gerakan will rise up again.

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  41. Frank
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 11:17:07

    romerz,

    If KTK is truly a man of principle and felt responsible for the Party, he would have resigned immediately upon the messages of the voters whom they punched him in the nose during 308! The boat of Gerakan was sunken by his poor leadership and Penangites hated to be tailing behind a eunuch, even a young chick claimed to be SIL of the ex-PM could give him directive to bow to the knee!

    Like Tun Lim, the real Statesman, when the moment he felt the voters did not want him anymore, he immediately waned off from politics, not even a sigh of regret, no complaint, no grumble….not like that TDM, LKY…..still stay behind the linen screen and farts…..so disgustingly stench!

    There is only one simple reason behind all those farts – Their sons are not well groomed yet, that’s the last agony before they rest in peace!

    Don’t be fooled by the foxy gimmicks!

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  42. klm
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 11:31:45

    I dont know KTK. But, he is no politician and should never be one. For this he has my lowest esteem and my contempt.

    Gerakan currently has a lightweight leader and a bunch of empty vessels as lieutenants. I did not realise that there were so many back door mari to the deputy minister posts. This is bad. Now a precedent is set for ambitious people without ability to suck up to the president. Winning an election is less important than being close to the top. Meritocracy in Gerekan is thrown out of the window.

    It is naive to think that Gerakan can rise up again. The ordinary members deserve what they get. Just like MIC. If the members do not want to take the needed action, then Gerakan is consigned to the rubbish dump of history.

    Many of the readers of this blog are honourable people. They stick to one party at a time. It is a matter of honour and principal that they leave the party before they join another one.

    I was told that many of the grassroot members of PKR concurrently hold membership in MCA, Gerakan, UMNO and MIC. They have conveniently forgot to resign or dont know how to resign from the previous party. Their sponsors in the previous parties will conveniently keep the name lists, dutifully pay the membership fees and just as dutifully vote on their behalf. The question is how many of the grassroot members of Gerakan are real.

    Other than some vocal members of Gerakan. How real is Gerakan as a party? How many real members are there in Gerakan.

    P/s. I was told that UMNO has a centralised membership system that would make this quite difficult.

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  43. Dr Hsu
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 11:43:58

    Romerz,
    you have written a very good analysis of KTK.

    As a person, he is decent and clean.. You have mentioned to me that he refused to save one of his companies from going under when he was the CM, when any other person would have used that position to do otherwise.

    I also think that he is well intentioned, sincere in his belief that remaining in Bn would save Malaysia from going the way of Bosnia, that it would prevent another May 13.. and so on…(I have numerous debates with him over these since i think this type of thinking is out of date,, some with you present and of late , just myself, one or 2 others and him).

    Last June,I was in fact asked by him , (he was acting president then), to be the KL chairman. I turned him down, since I came into the party not for position and instead I welcomed him to come down to KL to helm KLFT..

    After my election in CC in October , I came up Penang a number of times to talk to him … I thought he was quite receptive, even though he was still of the opinion that Gerakan should remain, he actually gave a time frame that if nothing changed , he would listen to us and opt out..

    But slowly and steadily, some of the old eunuchs have come back and since these are people who have been holding party senior positions for a long time, these people started to have more and more influence on him, and I have now much less access to him, especially when I decided that i would be more creditable if I did not hold the education bureau head position. The last time I had a long talk with him was in March, after CC meeting, I have a debate with him ending almost 12.30 midnight… in the HQ without aircon on, sweating like in a suana.

    He asked to let him go in to try to effect change and moderate policies; and you can see he really feared for Malaysia going the way of the Bosnia. I warned him that Gerakan is running short of time, that the party has no place at all in BN, that our ideology and goodwill would ensure that the party survives outside BN.

    I am even willing to quit my clinic and help full time if the party leaves BN….

    i was vocal asking him to come out with a statement on the Perak issue that we should go back to the People in perak.I sense that he was quite agreeable, but somehow other people must have influenced him.

    I can only conclude that no one likes bitter medicien, and in my straight and direct way, calling a spate a spate,I must be giving bitter medicine that no one likes to take.. I must have made him feel that I am more of a nuisance… and of course there is a group who wanted me go out as soon as possible..ad that includes the old eunuch and his band of young proteges in KL who are now working hard to impress KTK that they are his royal followers( yes men ), I dread to think what will happen if these group becomes his core people.

    Since the time frame is not up and i still sense that there is a slim chance of the party going out ( now with the appointmet, the chances are getting slimmer, eve though it can work the other way, if nothing change despite he beig inside, then he would have less excuse to counter my arguments inside the party), and this is the slim chance and my belief that he is a decent person that still keeps me inside .

    But I believe deep down, he also realises that I am one of the few in the party that have o ulterior agenda, except to see a fair and equal Malaysia ..

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  44. Frank
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 13:04:26

    Dear Dr Hsu,

    Whilst I respect you to be the so-called conscience of Gerakan since after Dr Toh, I found it weird if you still believe in his KTK twaddle that he’s there capable of saving Malaysia from being fated like Bosnia’s!

    Throughout the history of Gerakan, now reformed to be Gelakan, only the forefather, Tun Lim had proven to be the only one who’s the master of negotiator, the austere father of Gerakan who dared to lay his cards straight on the table of those despots, dictators, racists ever have emerged on the waters of our beloved Nation! Wasn’t he the one who brought up Gerakan and Penang and didn’t he the one who dared to defy the father of the son now has become the master of your President? Have you heard about Dr Lim and Albert Mah on how they were saving the many innocent lives during the genocide of May 13th?!

    What much KTK has learned and has done when he can’t even put down the rabid dog in his constituency which bit in his jugular and torn his face into crumbles!

    That rabid dog was once being fed by him with exclusive dog’s food and If he can’t even settle the doggy business right in front of his door way, pls tell me, how he’ll be capable to do it to stop an invasion of a genocide akin to those in Bosnia…..and keep counting?!

    The facts tell no lie, haven’t the decent members seen enough statistic which had remarks in red, enough to prove that he’s a failed leader, a eunuch who is old enough to join the rank of veterans could still be excused that he was decently good but merely being ‘influenced’ by the much older eunuchs?!…I for one cannot accept this as the alibi for non-performance!

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  45. Dr Hsu
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 13:30:27

    Frank,
    I do not think nor believe that he can influence from inside, and that is why I wrote in my above comment in the third paragraph this ” …(I have numerous debates with him over these since i think this type of thinking is out of date,, )

    I mention that he really believes that he can even though we all thought he cannot… that is why I said he is sincere in his belief… I think romerz would testify to that too, we had so many discussions on this with him about may 13 and so on….. This is like the proverbial Chinese man who worried that the sky would fall on him, even though others laughed at him, he really believed it…”” Chi ren You Tien”

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  46. Observant
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 13:38:46

    Doc,
    Your recent posting got me interested in the setup of Gerakan and prompted me to go into its webpage.

    Out there , I found that `Observer` has been contributing a number of good postings and I would like to clarify that I have without intention been using a similar name. I hereby unreservely apologise to the earlier Observer for the intrusion and would cease to use this pseudonym effective now.

    Your Truly,
    Observant

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  47. klm
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 14:48:30

    Dr. Hsu. The Gerakan read eunuchs has taken over. It has swallowed Koh Tsu Koon. He is no more a human. He is now a tool working for the eunuchs

    I am amaze like minded people like you in Gerakan are so passive. No wonder the few eunuchs can take over the machinery. You must learn to execute a palace rebellion.

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  48. Dr Hsu
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 14:54:49

    klm
    the problem is I am not willing to go full time in politics, as i do not consider myself a poltician. I am not motivated by anything, except to see the party returning to its ideology. That is why so far, I only stress on influencing the mindsets of memebrs and the people outside to see the importance of having a clean, fair, open and equal society…

    Compare this to those who have a vested interest… To them , it is a battle of life and death to control the president and the party.. To me, I can just walk away today. So that is the main difference betwwen like minded people like me and these political eunuchs….

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  49. Disgusted
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 16:13:55

    Your NEW DPM says it all and note. If you think UMNO will ever change and you are hoping the primitive party can change. Watch his lips.

    He is calling all Malays to return to UMNO so that the CAVEMEN party can “champion” their causes. And what causes, need no explanation, Melayu supremacy, rights and the same old rotten agenda.

    Ha, ha, ha…..I know it’s not funny but the sad joke is that this TYPE of OLD WINE sets (oops, sorry, MINDsets) never change, still with a THICK SKULL. Never learn and never feel that the political landscape IS Changing…… and UMNO is deeply hated and resented. It should crumble……and non-UMNO members should make sure this joker and many like him should not be around anymore.

    monk

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  50. Kenny
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 17:45:08

    Dr. Hsu,

    KTK fearing another May 13 is absurd. Malaysian society has changed so much that such an event is unlikely to happen again, even if instigated by vile politicians.

    KTK could be using this tenuous excuse to justify sticking to BN. He really need to come up with a better excuse.

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  51. klm
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 20:56:21

    Dr Hsu

    I am not sure there are many grassroot members left. Like I said before, many grassroot members have joined PKR without leaving Gerakan. This piece of intelligence came from an UMNO friend.

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  52. Disgusted
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 21:08:49

    Kim,

    Yes, you are dead right. Many have left and it has also been confirmed by a PKR official from its headquarters.

    monk

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  53. klm
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 21:10:45

    What do KTK mean when he said his appointment as minister is not backdoor. I got to give credit to this man for making black white. Everybody knows he was lobbying but he just said he never ask for the job. Blatant liar as well.

    I retract my statement saying he was not a politician.
    He is a lying sleazy politician worthy of the description.

    romerz. How can you say he is a sincere person?
    I dont see any sincerity in his statements.

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  54. A true Malaysian
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 21:19:15

    “I am even willing to quit my clinic and help full time if the party leaves BN….”

    Dr. Hsu, please don’t do that. Gerakan is not worth for you to sacrifice your practice. Don’t waste your talents. Your patients need you.

    Gerakan is as good as ‘kaput’. There is no way to revive it. They are brain dead.

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  55. klm
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 21:31:16

    monk. if PKR knows it and UMNO knows it but how come Gerakan dont know it. Maybe Gerakan is more stupid than we think.

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  56. Justin Choo
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 21:48:13

    A true Malaysian,

    I think you should read between the lines:

    “I am even willing to quit my clinic and help full time if the party leaves BN….”

    Note the ………… after the sentence, “BN…..” ?

    Dr Hsu, are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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  57. Young Voter
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 22:11:25

    WHAT HAS KTK SAID BEFORE:

    A media report in May last year with the headline, Exclusive Interview With The Gerakan Acting President: No Back Door Approach, quoting Tsu Koon as giving two reasons for rejecting any offer of Senator and Minister.

    Tsu Koon quoted MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu that it was “going through the back door” if he accepted the offer as a Senator after being defeated in the general elections and that it would be “contrary to the true meaning of democratic elections” to become a Minister through a Senate appointment.

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  58. Disgusted
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 22:24:36

    Gerakan’s life span seems short. Formed in 1968, first pro-tem president Syed Hussain Alatas. Baton passed to Dr Lim Chong Eu (1968-80).

    Entered “Soh Chai Yee San” (nicknamed), LKY in 1980. The KTK took over and it’s sinking.

    Its glorious year in 1969 GE, took control of Penang and joined Alliance in 1972 (biggest mistake??).

    Moved HQ to KL in 1996. AAAAhhhh, maybe feng shu, no good????

    From 10 parliamentary seats and 30 state assemblies (2004) to 2006, then in 2008……the “front” door collapsed and shattered !!!!!

    No wonder the backdoor is the only way.

    monk

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  59. chinseng
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 22:27:03

    “KTK asked to let him go in to try to effect change and moderate policies; and you can see he really feared for Malaysia going the way of the Bosnia.”

    Haha

    One Ah Mad Is Mail in Penang already make enough trouble for KTK…. we hope that he can deal with many many more nationwide with his new job…hope against hope…

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  60. Disgusted
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 22:35:14

    Kim,

    The same goes to MCA. Its HQ does not know cos’ these members don’t bother to resign. In fact, many are holding dual memberships, meaning ex-MCA and then joining Gerakan, without double checking. Now it’s progressive, meaning, many ex-MCA, ex-Gerakan but moving to the PKR pastures. In all the records, their names are retained if they don’t inform the respective parties. Unless their names are reported in the printed media. Provided the respective HQs picked up their names but again without ICs, it’s tough.

    Why? Do you know there are more than 20 Chan Ah Kow(s) in the country. Which one to delete?

    But one more thing, HQs are reluctant to delete too, reduce the membership “numbers” is a “no, no”, bad for image and “no face.”

    Do you think Gerakan “really” got a few hundred thousand members? Do you really think MCA got 1.2 million members or UMNO 3.2 million members?????

    So, members migrating is a shrouded phenomenon….and the direction seems moving oneway……converging to PKR. Ha, ha…all roads lead to Rome.

    monk

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  61. annoyed
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 22:36:40

    Young Voter,

    KTK said by accepting the appointment is a ‘sacrifice’ , a ‘challenge’, not for himself.

    Not for himself? How about work for FREE, no pay, no perk. Can?

    KTK, you really can twist like the old goat.

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  62. Frank
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 23:10:39

    One need not has to know history of the Manchurian Dynasty, just follow the Hong Kong soap opera, haven’t you guys seen how the eunuchs behave when seeking audience with the Emperor – “Char and down to the knee without even dare to look at the Emperor in the eyes”! That’s the eunuchs!

    Since Gerakan is now filled with and leadership nominated by eunuchs, old and young, do you think that the modern eunuchs will have much difference with the ancient eunuchs, that, “he really dares to take the bull by the horns”?!

    It’s not only a fantasy but reverie, a daydream! Wake up boys!…….

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  63. klm
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 00:49:20

    monk. You know what. This unclear membership count means no one is clear on the election outcome. This is like the horse race. Every syndicate will poke a needle with dope into the race horses to influence the outcome. In the end, there are all kind of dopes in the horses that no one can predict the outcome anymore.

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  64. Bujang
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 05:51:11

    Najib is the PM and he can pick anyone he wishes.
    Picking the Mamak’s son could be his strategy to quell a nagging fake who keeps barking at the side and kicking up dirt.
    Rejecting KJ is his choice too as he needs not follow tradition; else would you call him innovative, a man with imagination?
    Give him a chance, after all, time is short to the next election.
    He has picked his own men, if he fails to deliver, we all know what to do in the next election.

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  65. klm
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 09:48:20

    My perverted view of eunuchs

    Eunuchs and keeping the status quo
    =======================

    Looking back at Chinese history, the eunuchs were the single force that kept the imperial court system unchanged for one millennium. Talking of keeping the status quo, this is a long period for status quo.

    The eunuchs were faceless men of low ability. Their power came from being around and close to the emperor all the time. They would not survive one minute longer without the emperor.

    Because the eunuchs needed the chinese imperial system to survive and prosper, they fought and kept this system. The eunuchs put China to sleep for better than 500 years.

    So, as long as the eunuchs in Gerakan are there, they will fight to keep Koh Tsu Koon around. Koh Tsu Koon need them to survive. A mutual pact of self preservation. And as along as th eunuchs are there, Gerakan will remain status quo. Would this explain why Gerakan did not attempt to make any change.

    MAC understood they need to change the party and they have started the process. (Give OTK his credit)

    Maybe one strategy to change Gerakan is not to convince Koh Tsu Koon, but to cut the lalang that are the eunuchs. If you can name them, we can vlified them. Check the nefarious activities, and probably we cand find some illegal activities. Nail them. Without them Koh Tsu Koon cannot survive.

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  66. Kenny
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 10:42:22

    MCA members have also been moving to PKR in large numbers. Some are oldies who have been in MCA for 20 – 30 years.

    There are hidden benefits in not updating membership lists. The names of resigned members are useful for phantom votes at branch elections.

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  67. klm
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 11:07:20

    Kenny

    What do you had been happening all these years?
    MCA estimated they would see the membership shrink by 50% after cleaning the membership list.

    – no longer members
    – duplicate memberships
    – members (or dead ) passed on to the next world

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  68. Disgusted
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 11:31:30

    No BN puppet component parties (inclusive of the master party) is interested for a re-registration. Though MCA has indicated interest but to date nothing is happening. Both warlord AMNO and puppet MCA have indicated direct party elections which will in a way render the phantom tactics irrelevant. Again, to date nothing concrete happening.

    Kenny is right. The numbers including existence of phantoms (a hidden game) to boost delegate support is the old game until the direct elections come into force.

    Nobody really knows which horse is not doped. Probably all horses are doped but don’t know what dope being used. Money politics (buying votes) will still be around as smaller numbers of delegates will be bribed (even if the direct elections are implemented). Theoretically, Just pay off 50 to 100 delegates to lay the foundation.

    As to eunuchs, Chinese history are saturated with these manipulators but in modern times, eunuchs are playing a different role. They are hardly effective in influencing supremo warlords though they can manipulate his own rank and file, to serve the external supremo. In short, just as slaves, and lackey boys (without balls).

    monk

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  69. klm
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 12:00:35

    maybe we can start cutting the lalang with ….3558?

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  70. annoyed
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 13:59:17

    Long list of membership
    Many have jumped ship
    Let people wrongly perceive
    their huge membership

    This game of deceive
    It’s ok continue to deceive
    Fact is many have jumped ship
    Shiok sendiri to see long list

    KTK is in sleep
    He is so naive
    to accept backdoor ministership
    Soon he would slip
    Together with sinking ship

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  71. klm
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 14:26:37

    Junior Lim said KTK is super minister. He is better than his old man. I did not know Gerakan has such comedian. Does it mean KTK wear his underpants outside.?

    Hahahahahaha!

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  72. Dr Hsu
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 14:35:35

    A True Malaysian,
    I will seriously consider your view….

    Justin, there is no hidden things between the lines… I have always been asking Gerakan to go out of BN and be athird force.. But once Gerakan goes out of BN, we will lose many members who will stick to BN, so we must be prepared for a dwindling membership. That is why I have offered myself to help during the transition period if the party goes out, and once the party is strong enough to stand on its own, I will probabaly quit and go back to my practice and concentrate on writings and influencing mindsets.

    As for eunuch politics, I was the first one to point this out in the psot mortem after March 8, in the emergency meeting between Leaders and out national delegates.. Since then, Khoo Kay peng has quoted me in his book, and a few blogs have mentioned about this, inclduing Star when it reviewed Khoo’s book..

    I thought I have exposed the eunuchs but unfortunetaly a few of them, especialy the one in KL, have been revived..

    WHen the party is outside BN and there is no positiona nd kangdao to fight for, we can do away with these eunuchs once and for all, and the party can start the rebuilding process and slowly work towards a viable opposition like in 1969..

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  73. klm
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 15:27:47

    Dr Hsu. Why dont you name them?. We will hound them to death.

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  74. Frank
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 16:47:54

    klm,

    It may be awkward for Dr Hsu to name those eunuchs of Gerakan…let me name a few for your hounding :-

    The oldest eunuch in Penang is a Dr. Gerkaners used to call him the ‘old dictionary’ and his surname is Chin!

    The most cunning and authoritative one is in KL, now he’s enjoying life in his millions dollar bungalow having auto majong table to play and pass time. He’s also a doctor but soh soh teh! Gerakaners used to call him soh chai ee sung and you know who is this old eunuch I am talking about!

    The youngest eunuch is now in the grooming. Hound please!

    I was also a Gerakaner but anti eunuch and was black listed ten years ago!

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  75. klm
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 21:08:26

    Thanks Frank.

    As for the old cunning one. I wonder how many millions he milked from the WIMAX licenses. He passed through the papers through some “Gerakan ” companies. He is cunning and he is corrupt. By the way watch out. He bugged his own office. He will excused himself after introduction to go to the washroom. But he listen into the discussion during his absence.

    Very cunning fox. He left no trail but people do talk.

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  76. JEFFRY BONG
    Dec 07, 2009 @ 10:05:48

    Do not set a bad precedent by generating all kinds of SD as and when u like it and later on recanted it , add on or remove certain particulars in it etc .Very soon all the commissioners of oats will be out of job and nobody is going to trust an SD .This really making a mockery of the whole legal system in Malysia.A lie is not a lie ,a truth is not a truth.In those good old days we held very high regard on an SD because it is a legal document and it is something you simply cannot play around with.

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