I have made a major decision.
I have decided that on this anniversary of the March 08 General Election, I will quit Parti Gerakan. Not so much because of the party itself, which has a good ideology and many good members and many good friends, but more because of the dominance of UMNO over everything else within the coalition.
I am sick of race based politics and Gerakan is actually getting further and further away from realising its ideology of building a fair and equitable society.
My decision to quit is nothing personal and not against anyone in the party. Even though I am quitting , I am still hoping against hope that the party can eventually realise its ideology of a fair and equal society, but given the political reality, it will not be possible in any foreseeable future.
I have drafted the statements below in both English and Chinese to expalin the reason of this.
Press Statement by Dr Hsu Dar Ren (08-03-2011)
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my resignation from all my positions in Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, including that of Central Committee member, FT state liaison committee member, division chairman, branch chairman and ordinary membership.
Parti Gerakan is a party with good ideology to establish a fair and equitable society in Malaysia . It too has many conscientious members who subscribe to this ideology.
Unfortunately, within the framework of BN, where the hegemonic race politics of UMNO predominates, it is impossible for Gerakan to realize this ideal.
In fact, as a result of more than 5 decades of race based politics, the country has drifted so much apart that racial polarization has never been as bad as now . Despite the many decades of trying to work from within, Gerakan is now further and further away from realising its ideals.
Three years after the 308 General election, I sense that apart from rhetoric, there is little change in policies gearing towards uniting the people and providing a fairer and more equal footing for all. I feel that it is now futile for me to try to fight within the system anymore.
I have no intention of joining any other political parties, but I will continue to voice out through writing and blogging on the importance of building a fair and equitable society.
我 谨此宣布， 由即日起，辞去 所有在民政党内的 职位， 包括中央委员，州委，区会主席，分部主席，普通党员等等。
民政党有良好的理念， 欲在我国建立一个“公平和合理”的社会。党内也 有很多服膺这理念的党员。
可是在国阵里， 巫统一党独大和种族 主义 至上的现实情况下，民政党已不可能实现它的理念。
事实上，虽然我国立国已超过50年， 在种族 主义政策下，种族两极化的现象，已日趋严重。公平和合理化的理念， 也已日趋遥远。
308大选已过3年， 我觉得 除了口号外，种族 主义政策 至上的情况， 没有真正的改变。想在国阵内 纠正种族政策， 已行不通。
我没有加入其他政党的打算。 不过，我会在网上和blog 里，本着“公平和合理”的理念，和廉政开明的重要性， 继续我的写 作和奋斗。