my press statement on Gerakan

5th October 2010

Press statement from Dr Hsu Dar Ren,

It is regrettable that Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik has decided to quit as advisor of Parti Gerakan.

As an elected Central Committee member, I feel sad and upset that the undercurrents that have been brewing in the party have finally surfaced.

Apparently, the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back is the EGM that is to be held on the 10 October in Penang.

As a democratic party, whether we agree or disagree with the resolution of the EGM to be convened, we should defend to our death the rights of members to call such meetings, especially when the party constitution has provisions for such a move.

As the top leader of the party, perhaps Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon should reconsider his decision not to attend the Penang EGM.  As one member aptly pointed out in an sms to me: when our own house is on fire, we would not want to go visit other people’s house; we should instead attend to our own house first.

Lastly, there is a general consensus on the ground that perhaps our top leaders should have more dialogue with the grassroots in order to feel the pulse of the party. Grassroots’ views should be taken into consideration in charting the direction of the party, if we pride ourselves as a grassroot organisation.

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. justin
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 18:54:59

    that old lim must also advise his son lim si pin to buck up in the national youth. don’t be a hypocrite


  2. wisely
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 19:32:44

    Dr. Hsu,

    I am so glad to read this article. The reason being i sense it for the first time ur real concern for Gerakan. I always thought that u were appointed but glad to know u were elected CC.

    Tun is a great asset to Gerakan. The rise and expansion of Gerakan is very much due to him and he is very charismatic and outspoken leader, a proactive and a natural politician. To the opposite, both KTK and CKY are soft and only suitable in good time and in doing service. They both lack what it needs today to bring a change in Gerakan.

    Maybe u don’t realise i have spent hours weekly in Penang Gerakan Website defending Gerakan for more than one and half year until the website closed down the comment section, though i am not from penang. Surprisingly i almost do it singlehandedly with almost all the comments are negative toward our party.

    But i want to confess here that after all that comments i posted, and later reevaluating the whole Gerakan leadership and direction, i actually came to the same conclusion like what our Tun said here. At least he confirm in me of all my feelings. Now i am just an insignificant member in the party with no insight news.

    Lately, i being admiring more of what CSL did because at least he does try something and have been trying hard. He issued statements and can come out with arguments, vision and direction. I basically don’t hear that from KTK nor CKY except press statement in our website. Now how many visit our website?

    I visit regular urs, Andy Yong and LSP blogs beside Sedar and Gerakan websites. I totally agree with u that u sound more like opposition but the issues u raise are real and i am perfectly ok with it.

    In 6.30 bernama news, Tun insist of resigning and for the first time in over 2 years i began to really see the need to have a new group of leaders and direction if the present ones choose to remain the same. Like PM have said change or be change and since KTK, CKY and THN are unwelling to change and can not give us a new direction and Tun confirm it, so it is time to do something or we are history forever!


  3. sonnyap
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 23:52:47

    gerakan has already overstayed and with their leaders fighting each other for positions and corruptive wealth , better close shop lah, ‘mao tuck kaw loh’

    LKY, the smart alex has washed his hand so you gerakan members better follow suit and stay away from this coming shit EGM .


  4. A Single Vote
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 10:47:48


    The children are fighting and killing each other and the father is at the neighbour’s enjoying a soap opera on tv and a great feast to boot.

    No, no, I am not referring to the skipping of the egm for the agm.

    Is this not the attitude all along with the rakyat being plundered and looted to the bones and the party in the comforts of enjoying the spoils.

    Only when it affects the party, the advisor starts jumping.

    All ‘men of the world’ and the party expects us to believe that it could not see this until it affects them? Really.

    And they continue to pretend to be wondering why the rakyat has abandoned them. If even the advisor feels so why not the president

    Born yesterday? That’s the kind of respect you have for the rakyat.


  5. CYC
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 11:20:32


    Abandoning an untenable ideals is not a sin. Holding on to a lost cause is definitely a meaningless voyage. Craving for something unreal reaps only regrets not happiness or fulfillment. And Lee Kuan Yew dictated for a noble objective of transforming Singapore into a world class city. He is cursed by many of being high handed and exert iron fist control but his lesser sin is adequately “compensated” by the enjoyment of better life of millions Singaporeans. Can KTK’s humane approach brings about any change or betterment to our society except portraying his image as Mr Nice Guy. 独善其身不如兼善天下。

    A leader who lost touch with the pulse of the commoners lost his eligibility of representation.


  6. frank
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 12:51:35

    Instead of meditating soul-searching after 308 why and who had to be responsible for such Waterloo defeat, they continued with the mundane of soul-destroying which totally will not help the Party in gaining back any lost ground in the forthcoming GE! Yet they are fighting each others has become a laughing stock for other BN component partners and the opposition Parties!

    The rakyat will add more hatreds to see these power crazy political animals who have till date still refused to admit all blunders which they had made to cause them sunk in the 308 tsunami!

    I does not bode well for Gerakan anyway come next GE. The Party may lose every damn things politically and become an irrelevant skeleton short of spirit which deserves cart away in the abyss of total oblivion!

    The last and only concern of those top dogs may well be the umpteen amount of party assets most members believe that they are fighting so hard merely to have their vested interests dealt with before the dissolve of the Party!


  7. klm
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 15:04:55

    Why is FT Gerakan disparaging LKY and saying Koh Tsu Koon a visionary. My god. Where did Gerakan find these people? No wonder Gerakan is a goner with such low quality members.


  8. Dr Hsu
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 15:23:38

    No comment


  9. A true Malaysian
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 15:34:30

    Let them say what they want to, I don’t even care. This only shows many people in Gelakan still aspire to be at the top positions so that they can be appointed a government position through ‘back doors’.

    Whether Gelakan can win in elections is secondary to me so long as Umno is in power, and they can be used by Umno to paint a superficial view that Umno is willing to share power with other communities.

    The thing is this, Gelakan missed out the big question, “What if Umno is no more in power?”. Did they ever think of this big question?

    To me, Umno is no more a sure bet.


  10. CYC
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 17:58:45

    Gelakan is gone since the day Ahmad Ismail burned KTK’s portrait. Assembling people with high academic qualification alone won’t save the party. It may well be a critical factor of self destruction. Mao Zedong has proven to be a more effective leader than Dr Sun Yat Sin for the fact that he manage to bind everyone under one umbrella whereas Dr Sun failed and internal conflict leads to civil unrest and hence many “little govt” exist within a “sham central govt”. Similarly Dr LKY is hundred times more effective than KTK as a political leader.

    KTK and CKY both are lousy in terms of leadership, strategies, negotiation skills, as well as management control. A politician with no oratory skill and strategic mind will lead his supporters to nowhere. Savior is nowhere to be found within Gelakan now.


  11. ex-gerakan member
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 18:07:03

    Dr Hsu,
    I fully agree with what you say.
    It is sad to see what Gerakan has turn out and so many selfish leaders had mad senseless statements in the media.
    Today, I read 2 of the most damaging statement in the news. One from KLFT and another from Penang Youth.
    It is so stupid for our own party member to wash our dirty things in the public. Yes, they may want to carry the balls their master Koh Tsu Koon, but is there a need for both KLFT and Penang Youth to show disrespect to our party ex-President???
    The party ex-president may be wrong to resign and condemn KTK openly in the media. But why should the young generation leaders from Penang Youth attack back without thinking? Maybe this is one of the reason why Gerakan in Penang have big problem in taking back Penang because lack of quality leaders.
    I am just sharing my views as an ex-member.

    Dr Hsu, please let us know what is happening with Penang Youth and KLFT.


  12. romerz
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 03:43:11

    Don’t waste your time Doc. The party is dead and it is about time you made your exit strategy.

    Sorry for saying this but but do some good at least apart from from flogging a dead horse!

    Use your influence for the better cause of Malaysia.

    And Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia is NOT the way when it has a seedless president at the steering wheel!!!


  13. frank
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 09:01:19

    Perhaps Dr Hsu may high time consider to plot out the road map for the 3rd force and lead us altogether to plough at a non-partisan and impartial force effective enough to check on the so-called two Parties system! As i look at it, the cancerous cells in Gerakan have expanded into 3rd stage beyond any of your good doctoring can cure!


  14. zztop
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 16:14:55

    Gerakan has already overstayed and with their leaders fighting each other for positions and corruptive wealth just to mention a few. The party already became irrelevant to the people since 0308.
    LKY, perhaps he found his son political future in Gerakan is over, he resigned.
    That KTK since the people dumped him, has been following UMNO politicians esp PeeeeeM around all the time, trying to make himself relevant. What a desperate and despicable guy.
    Just look at Penang now with LGE, FDI up, rakyat generally happy of course except those troublemakers and sore losers from UMNO, and almost nil corruptions.
    Gerakan, please, i repeat please……..close shop now and suggest all members join PKR and help make Penang a even better place for ALL irrespective.


  15. CYC
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 17:50:15

    Oct 10 is the date chosen by Kuomingtang as Taiwan’s national day. Here we have MCA and Gelakan having meetings of different nature on this “auspicious” or “inauspicious” day. What a coincidence. Is there some kind of omen pointing to destruction or transformation of these two insignificant Chinese based parties ?

    I guess Dr Lim Chong Eu must be the most disappointed man now. His successor is a great disappointment and he must be regretting for have not chosen the other mathematics teacher by the name of Khor Gark Kim as CM.


  16. AgreeToDisagree
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 20:54:12

    While I was studying at Equatorial, I met Khor Gark Kim. He was boiling with much internal pressure then and was stomping in and out of the offices with much purpose but had no patronage. He has mellowed ALOT since but was as likely a warlord as any other Gerakan person during the Lim Kit Siang Robocop era campaign then.

    It is not for Dr Lim to choose Khor but for Khor to step forward tpo challenge Dr. Lim, which he did not. And that is where Gerakan started to fail from lack of independent thought – when it became a PATRONAGE based political party.

    At extreme views, one might even consider Chong Eu a malcontent/refugee from MCA. He indulged in nepotism/conflict of interest/closed tender awarding of contracts, and Keng Yaik was nepotistic and everything else as well. So Gerakan party kept quietly fracturing and prominent and ethical Gerakan members withdrew quietly though nominally supporting Gerakan.

    Both Chong Eu and Keng Yaik were beholden to and benefited immensely from dr.Evil. Chong Eu maintained a semblence of dignity while corrupted, and did better than Keng Yaik and still influences about 2% of Malaysia’s public listed companies, even as Sarawak’s Taib controls most of Sarawak – which has seen the Orang Asli finally awoken and set to displace Taib. Keng Yaik got a worse deal overall, and was a bad bandaid before a second worse bandaid in the form of Koh Tsu Koon arrived.

    When the party members revolted on Chong Eu’s watch and later Keng Yaik for nepotism, Tsu Koon (formerly Gerakan Secretary) was placed there out of sheer spite. Gerakan died the day that happened, and became a lapdog of UMNO since, when Mahathir left during Pak Lah’s 90% approval times, the pretences of dignity faded completely, all political parties under UMNO became open lapdogs.

    UMNO was so arrogant and abusive to the Malays (read Anwar, PKR, PAS etc..) that even it’s own supporters were undermined. Then that was when various underground movements began and led to the formation of Pakatan as we know today.

    The current day citizen’s problem is to run against all NEPOTISTS, RACISTS and CLIQUES by formation of a Third Force. Third Force will have allies in all political parties but ONLY right minded ones that do not typify extreme wealth and conflict of interest or nepotism. The true maturation of a nation and it’s citizens will be seen in 3rd Force as members in both BN and PR coalitions fall to superior and true service oriented citizens standing up for the nation rather than power mongering or creating nepotistic Oligarchies and patronage cliques.

    Third Force for National Reform


  17. AgreeToDisagree
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 21:01:21

    Some inaccuracies might exist on the above, older guys, please set right the inaccurate parts if not quite correct. This comment about Gerakan should be about 70% accurate at least though. Try the below sites too for an idea of what 3rd Force will be fighting :

    Compensation for Rep’s Kin – by Sunday Star – 18th APR 2010

    The Gambier Threat – Mid 2010

    Nurul Case Studies

    Statesmen must be 100% transparent and 100% ethical because PUBLIC sphere does not belong to ANY Nepotistic Oligarchies. This is what 3rd Force is here for, a BETTER 1st World Malaysia.


  18. frank
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 21:18:30

    Yup, cyc makes me to recall those days we Penangites used to say – “ling koh boh gua koh” – meant to jest at Dato Koh who missed the train to become the CM lacked of blessing by the godfather Tun Lim. General vox-pop also concur and felt that Dato Koh could be a very much better CM than that Tan Sri Koh due to his vast experiences galvanized with the local connections closely acquainted with all walks of lives, due to he being a typical Penang chap and a senior!

    We as the senior Penangites now had also missed a chance to excel together with a more progressive leadership who had at least owned some flair in dealing with the Umno politics which he also had inherited from the then CM Lim Chong Eu (Tun)….it’s history..sigh!


  19. disgusted
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 23:02:05


    You remain true to the ideals of your party but the writings are on the wall. Perhaps, it is ironic but my gut feelings is that you don’t have to quit your party. Why you may asked? Because I think the next round, Gerakan will kaput. So it means….the party is quitting on you. And not you quitting the party which may have been haunting you before and maybe you have outgrown that feelings. But don’t worry. The party as I see it, is already finished.

    The “Batman” on the other hand at the money collecting association, though trying his best, will be of no avail too. It will loose half of its lungs next round, a heart attack maybe. It is also dying because the rocket will kill of most of their candidates.


  20. Meng
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 01:43:06

    Gerakan is Dr Hsu’s heart and soul. No matter how much advice and comments he will remain steadfast in gerakan, even though gerakan has turned into ashes. Even KTK has no confident in recapturing Penang. In his own words spoken to me at subang airport “after the tsunami , he shook his head, difficult.”
    Dr, why are you so adamant remaining in gerakan.?? There must be some very strong reason.?


  21. Dr Hsu
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 11:44:26

    Old soldiers never die, they just fade away… This is what general MacArthur said in his speech to congress. I will just fade away, since i have no intention of holding any positions… In life, in many organisation, we just fade away…


  22. CYC
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 11:51:09

    So much of politics, its bad for digestion system and may leads to constipation. Anyhow, thank you AgreeToDisagree for those hidden insight which was not privileged to an outsider like me.

    Sincerely wish to recommend a book by Raj Patel for everyone concern with mankind’s dignified survival – a right to live with fair distribution of food without ill intended market distortion. The title of the book is Stuffed and Starved : Market, power and hidden battle in the world food system. It reveal why there is 1 billion people with obesity while 800 million people still starved for basic food to continue living. It will also tells u how govt, law makers, multinationals, farmers unions, consumers etc involves in this battle for their respective rights within the food chain. If u think corruption is bad, then this legitimatized profiteering by those greedy monsters is much more fearful and disgusting. Of course politicians is an essential component of this unscrupulous gang who value money more than lives.

    I read the Chinese translated version and it quoted that this book was designated by Taiwan govt as a must read by all civil servants.

    Dr Hsu, take a rest from the Gelakan chaos. Perhaps its better for u to make use of your medical knowledge and help consumers understand more on ways to protect their rights and not fall into the traps of the pharmaceutical industry. Exorbitant healthcare cost is taking away far too many lives literally in broad daylight and all the intellectuals are using their brains to the optimum helping in execution of this massacre without shame and dignity. Wonder if this is the reason why Shi Huangti burned all books thousands years ago to prevent people from using knowledge for some bad intentions. Just a wild guess.


  23. petestop
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 16:34:18

    Well, as an outsider, I feel if Gerakan actually act on your ideals instead of just giving lip service to it, it could be a great party once again.

    But the worse example came from your leaders like KTK Mr Back-door minister who but just demonstrate that Gerakan are beholden to the patronage of UMNO, nothing more.

    He don’t even bother to lead, but instead will be visiting other people house when his own home is under fire.

    I guess this is what becomes of KTK who instead of trying to change BN from inside, but has been changed by BN.

    No wonder there are talks of “direct” BN membership nowadays…. what a joke… it is just a place to hold politicians who cannot stand by their principle or party’s ideals… but seek to continue to enjoy BN’s patronage system.
    KTK is ripe to be a direct BN member, instead of Gerakan member, even less its President.


  24. Dr Hsu
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 16:45:14

    I have told the leadership that once the members have fullfilled the quota to call for an EGM, nothing must be done to stop that , since this is what democracy is about. You cannot talk about being democratic and then act otherwise, it would be a case of double standard.

    Unfortunately, there re too many politicians that are practicing double standard. They forgot the people on the ground are smart and can see for themselves. Worse, the apple polishers make the leadership think that they are always right, since these apple polishers only tell them what they want to hear, and not what is really happening on the ground..

    this is true in many parties, even in PKR..It is sad..


  25. petestop
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 17:34:20

    Have to agree, doc.

    Even in the corporate sector, there are always the Yes-man surrounding the leaders blinding them to the actual happenings in the company. These Yes-men can sink the company really fast.

    There’s a role to be played as the Devil’s Advocate in order to test the presumptions and choices made by the leaders of an organisation.
    Unfortunately, it has always a painful role to be played.


  26. klm
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 18:14:46

    Dr. Hsu. When the eunuchs cannot stop the EGM, they will buy the votes. They will use money politics.
    Getting 75% of the votes to removed Teng Hock Nan will not be easy. Not with the money flying around.

    I would put it in the advise to Ambitious Politician as:

    If you cannot convince them with arguments buy them with money. Every person has price. Just name it.


  27. AgreeToDisagree
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 21:59:53

    “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away… This is what general MacArthur said in his speech to congress. I will just fade away, since i have no intention of holding any positions… In life, in many organisation, we just fade away…”

    Maudlin sentimentality is a symptom of the illness of aging . . .

    You Dr. Hsu, surely have a handful or few handful of years more than dr.Evil (try Tengku Razaleigh and Tunku Aziz also, both more senior that you I think?), pick yourself up and lead the young, because the DAP dominating the Chinese minority would create a dangerous monopoly where cliques already dominate DAP.

    Run as an independent Dr.Hsu, or form a splinter party of Gerakan. I’m sure you have it in you for 2 more elections. Look at dr.Evil probably 10-15 years your senior. He’s fading away though what he represents is not worthy of retaining.

    Even though Gerakan has fallen into disrepute, it is not impossible for you to personally rally and incorporate whats left of Gerakan into the 3rd Force – but strictly without the likes of Chien Aun/ Si Pin (nepotism) or KTK/Dr.Teng (lapdogs accepting APARTHEID).

    If you do love Gerakan or wish to strengthen the possibly all critical 3rd Force, don’t be just content to reminisce as it’s abit too early for that, but instead identify the people worth challenging DAP’s hegemony and put together a splinter party, some of those seats lost in Penang were not too large a margin, especially IF Gerakan left BN specifically to make a point about APARTHEID and to show the Chinese community that Gerakan can be it’s own man. If any one could do it it would be you and perhaps Dato Gark Kim.

    3rd Force needs you! But be very selective about who is involved. One bad egg and it’s finished . . .


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