The end of a chapter

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.

 

徐达人医生文告 (08-03-2011)

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。

 

 


43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CYC
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:26:30

    A commendable action befits a man with dignity and honour.

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  2. lkt56
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:48:19

    Good for you doc! Time for us to vote for CHANGE.

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  3. anonymous
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:13:07

    join pakatan la.

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  4. Muammargaddafi
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:16:32

    You (and I) should had left 20 years ago. Now it is too little, too late. For me also too late. They are coming to get me.

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  5. Peter Yew
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:20:03

    I thought I recognize the face on MalaysianInsider then discovered it is you. You made a principled decision reflecting your political maturity and will. Hopefully you have started a tsunami to encourage not just Gerakan members to do likewise, but also from other BN component parties, including even UMNO. You made a symbolic stand on this 3rd anniversary of the start of the democratization of our nation. May the momentum not cease until the results are achieved.

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  6. A Single Vote
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:29:45

    Sir,
    Be proud that you have given your best despite all those challenges, and that you continue to fight from within for so long shows your commitment to doing your all for a better Malaysia. I applaud you.
    It is sad that the party does not have a stronger leader to uphold its idealogies. That the leadership can stand by and even support the master to undermine the people would have been exceptionally painful to you.
    Not everyone can be a good leader and this is evident when one can nitpick and criticize the very wonders his successor has made with the rubbish he left behind. His successor has clearly shown that he can get things done. Yes he may have jumped when federal aid was not forthcoming but still he got the job done and fast.
    Silence on Mr Phaih Ma Phikh’s(my wife calls him that) part should have been a better option, as he was given the opportunity to prove himself over a long period. His ‘choe boe taichi’ was graciously tolerated by the people for a long while but his continuous kowtowing to his master and his shameful acceptance of having his masters’ underlings walk all over him eventually became too much for the people to bear. He was a disgrace to the people and they had to get rid of him.
    His being trampled all over pained and shamed me simply because I proudly have my surname in front of my given name. They say the Chinese are a proud race.
    I applaud you for a great decision and most of all your dedication to continue to fight for the people.
    God bless.
    A Single Vote
    (am not a party member nor of any other political parties)

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  7. klm
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:35:18

    Dr. Hsu. It was a hard decision for you to make but you made it. You are now free from associating with those insects.

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  8. Taikohtai
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:37:26

    Doc,

    Congratulations on your brave move.
    I wish you every success in your next.

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  9. Brian Fong
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 13:42:28

    Congrats, Doc! Was a follower of yr column until u decided to be part of Gerakan CC. Was dissapointed as history has shown that changing frm d internal is n uphill task n has more failures than successes.

    So whn i read of yr resignation I was delighted n hope dat more constructive and outspoken analysis of the current affairs in Msia can be found on your blog once again!

    Congrats again for freeing your self from the self-delusional Party n of course with due respect to the people who are still sane in there…

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  10. Cawan Lama
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 14:43:10

    Dear doc,

    Many man can talk. Few man can walk what he talk.

    Salute!

    Thank you.

    Cawan Lama.

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  11. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 14:44:07

    Dear Dr Hsu

    I salute your decision and your courage, Sir!
    It is not easy to leave a political party to which one has devoted so many years of one’s life and energy.

    “In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”
    Czeslaw Milosz

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  12. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 14:56:30

    Another quote from Czeslaw Milosz:

    (Speaking the) “… truth is a proof of freedom and … the sign of slavery is the lie”.

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  13. Ivan Almighty
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 15:04:57

    Please accept my apology for earlier doubting your sincerity as you continue to be part of Gerakan CC despite you have disagreement with Gerakan on several major national issues. Please continue your good efforts in making Malaysia better place for living. Syabas!

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  14. 近朱者赤
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 15:24:02

    It’s a right decision.知错能改.

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  15. Richard Loh
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 15:29:51

    Dr. Hsu,

    When I saw the title at my blog list, I thought you are leaving this nation for good…lol..

    A good decision and there is something that you may not be telling as yet when you choose 308 on your resignation.

    Whether you join another party or not is not important but blogging and writing to spread the truth is.

    All the best to you.

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  16. A true Malaysian
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 17:06:09

    Dr. Hsu,

    Why quit with heavy heart? You should be relieved instead.

    Since you were elected a CC member, I knew you shall end up with this quit decision. How can you have hope with eunuchs in there in the first place? They are numb with you playing thorn.

    You should consider MCLM if approached by them. Anyhow, like you, those with MCLM don’t consider themselves as politician but sharing the same aspiration to see a fair and equal society.

    Anyway, no regret since you have tried your best. Congratulations.

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  17. monsterball
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 17:06:59

    Doc…you have made the right choice.
    Life is short.
    You can do so much good for people and country without joining any political party….and if you do wish to consider to do so…no doubt any PR party will wellcome you with open arms.

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  18. A true Malaysian
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 17:24:06

    Don’t miss this inspiring talk by RPK. He touched on the roles of MCLM.

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  19. kl_boy
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 17:44:36

    All the best Dr Hsu

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  20. chanjoe1
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 17:51:29

    Great decision and no need to leave with a heavy heart……”Bo Hood” Ah koon will say its just a small fry making a stir in a tea cup and he will continue to be the “tripod” stand under Umno to safeguard his Ministerial post….Have a good rest and then come back into the scene when GE13 comes and please play your part in sinking the BN ship…..your services are very much needed for Pakatan Rakyat…..Thank you Dr Hsu.

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  21. Jong
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 17:56:54

    Congrats Dr Hsu! Finally, you’ve decided, must be hard but good for you. Admire your courage!

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  22. Rhan
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 18:06:54

    达则兼济天下 穷则独善其身

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  23. Fi-sha
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 18:21:21

    Dear Dr Hsu

    I skipped reading newslines these days – nothing’s new, just sinewy bulls.

    But reading your press statement makes my day brighter because it encapsulated the biggest enemy this nation we called Ibu Pertiwi is fighting against.

    Thank you Dr Hsu. Suddenly Robert Frost’s “I took the one less traveled and that makes all the difference” crossed my feeble mind.

    May God bless you and your beloved family always.

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  24. ben37
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 18:50:45

    CONGRATULATION Dr Hsu. We admire your courage! Please join Pakatan especially DAP and give Malaysian a hope of better tomorrow.

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  25. petestop
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 19:41:22

    Doc,

    My sincere belief that it would be better for your to stay away from Pakatan as well.

    We have always appreciated your neutral and comprehensive coverage of the issues that afflicts our nation. It is a breath of fresh air compared to the many toxic and divisive political pieces, whether it is from the MSM or from the Opposition.

    Look forward to more writings from you, in making this nation a better place.

    You are a Good Men !

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  26. Ex-Gerakan Member
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 19:49:58

    Glad you’ve joined me. It’s better late than never.

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  27. Khlow
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 20:10:16

    Good to hear that… Finally you have accepted the reality, the reality that the political mindset within the party members can’t be changed by you. A little white drop is still impossible to turn white the whole peril of black paint.

    But I salute you on your effort to try and to give impartial opinion. Rather than siting in front of the computer and typed with only negative remarks, comments and thought in mind, you have given us another side of the thought.

    Today is the end of your chapter in this political party, but it is surely not the end of your political idealisme. It’s my wish as well as the fellow readers’ wishes (I believe), to constantly see your contribution of opinion in this blog.

    – smile –

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  28. All Penang
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 20:12:55

    Dr Hsu,

    Should LGE decide to focus on the MP’s role, you will make a fine CM here in Penang (but please not under the BN banner)!

    All the best!

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  29. Li Li Fa
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 21:07:49

    Dear Dr. Hsu,
    Respecting your decision, I wish you greater opportunities to voice your thoughts and beliefs on a fair and equitable society in this country.

    It is also an opportune moment to coincide with 8 March to remind all like minded friends that ideals can be achieved through individuals who stand up for your rights and beliefs.

    May you spread your wings of freedom from political oppressions, and suppressions, bringing hope to the hopeless.

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  30. looes74
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 21:12:47

    Dr,
    Congrats, my dear friend

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  31. Serendipity Hopeful
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 21:15:36

    Doc, can understand your frustration, wonder why you had it ‘bottled-up’ inside you for so long. Hope this wakes up those still in their ‘dreamland’.

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  32. cilipadi
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 21:37:29

    You in, KTK ‘pedas’

    You out, KTK ‘more pedas’

    Koh makan cili, Koh’s big boss rasa pedas.

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  33. Linken Lim
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 21:51:10

    Congrats, Dr Hsu,
    Sometimes a disappointment is just a blessing in disguise ……
    Hope you’ve made the right decision, God bless !

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  34. jj
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 22:14:43

    Salute Dr,
    Glad to know that out in this world, there are still people who stand for trust, justice and conscience. WE all know BN especially UMNO are corrupt to the core but the majority still vote for them (they are winning general elections after elections). Your first step to release from BN/UMNO control speaks volume of you. Well done and congratulations.

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  35. mmc
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 00:10:51

    see my comments in anil post.

    let me repeat here. doc, you are a GOOD GOD man. My best wishes in your future endeavours. I wish I can be like you;always a man of unwavering principles and live the life of hope and integrity.

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  36. hanprem
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 06:09:52

    You have made a right decision in throwing in your towel. BN is just beyond redemption. Congratulations!

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  37. Shah Alam boy
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 08:53:12

    This inspires me. The flame you started may turn into wildfire…

    Thank you

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  38. francis ngu
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 10:38:29

    Remarkable courage at a remarkable time when with 5 straight buy-election wins, BN claims a strong tide flowing in there favour and proving they are doing it right.
    Kuching.

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  39. Chauncey Gardener
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 18:38:02

    A tough decision to make but you have followed your conscience and that will bring you inner peace.

    I am sure you will carry on your zeal for a fair and equitable society in other ways and dimensions.

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  40. Janet
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 18:54:15

    I salute to u for being in Gerakan and worked for Gerakan. U mentioned that u agreed with Gerakan ideology but couldn’t fight the battle together. U prefered to end yr chapter in Gerakan on this painful day of Gerakan and even go tru press statement as well as upload to net! Is it wise to do so as a knowledgible man like u? Aren’t u be too hypocrate? Don’t u wish everyody to praise u ? Are these yr intension? Otherwise u can just hand-up yr resignation letter quietly as what u had done when u signed in as a member in those day. Anyway this is a democratic society. Yap it’s yr choice to leave Gerakan but leave ???????

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  41. abdullahahmadpg
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 19:21:32

    I fully support your decision to resign from the party. Gerakan is no longer the party that it once was. Today it is a party of yes man. Please continue to strive for a fair and equitable Malaysian society. Let all Malaysians share the prosperity and wealth of the nation.
    By the way I probably think that you are not aware that there are thousands of Malaysian government pensioners drawing less than RM400.00 a month which is very much below the poverty line. Workers in the public sector must serve in the civil service for at least 25 years to qualify for a minimum pension of RM720.00 every month.What these unfortunate pensioners are getting is insufficient to meet minimum family commitments.Please consider wring on the plight of these helpless pensioners in your blog in future. All the best from a fellow Malaysian who is watching with sadness poor citizens working under the hot sun earning a decent living and who are free from being corrupt.

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  42. Dr Hsu
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 22:09:09

    Janet,
    even if i hand in my resigntion quietly, being a CC member, the news will spread and the press will speculate on all sorts of reasons, which will be even more harmful to the party image. I posted my statement in my blog, which is my private domain, like a diary. I posted it after I informed the president via an email to president’s prvate email as well as PGRMHQ email. Even in doing so,and stating very clearly my reasons for quitting, China press has speculated that there are other reasons, tht i resigned because president refused to meet me to discuss some grouses from the grassroots. Read the China press today. If i have not given a statement in my blog ( i sent to only very few sites, many picked it up from my blog), there will be even more wild allegations.

    Actually the reasons are stated very clearly in my statements, and that is i am sick of race based politics, whcih we cannot seem to stand up to. Can you say what i have said in my statemnt is not the truth?? Be truthful to yourself, and listen to the ground, listen to the people in KL and Selangor and Penang, and Ipoh.

    I am not blaming the party and in fact trying to protect the members in my statement. DO not be emotional and read it carefully.

    I am looking at the big picture, and hope tht our future generations will have a lesser burden than us…i dont want my children an grandchildren to be called pendatang , but Malaysians, because they have every right to be Malaysians.

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  43. monsterball
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 07:57:54

    To me…this is the beggining of a new and better chapter for Dr.Hsu.
    It is his destiny to move forward ….and be free from politics…free from a political party ….be an ordinary concerned responsible Malaysian..yo dfo his best not for a political party..but for country and people.
    Now ..he can be a judge like all Malaysians…juding all political parties..joining the true powerful Third Force…the People’s Power…the voters.
    A fair and just man cannot be a politician in Malaysia YET…until we try something else to stop race and religion politics….and there is no other choice but to vote BN out to stop UMNO B dividing all.
    And the Third Force…the People’s Power must stay true to have the best interest of the country and Malaysians…and if DAP…keDAILan and PAS do not deliver…vote them out as fast as we vote them in.
    Massive corruptions…double standards…arrogance…..ill mannered unqualified ministers ..fanatics and racists..all seen in UMNO B party..and their members have gone too far…with no fear..because they are programmed to be like that.
    Unless all think UMNO B is not the mastermind of billions stolen through so call legal tenders with huge overpriced projects. Unless all think UMNO B is as clean as a whistle….all good Malaysians must vote B out in 13th GE…if you know they are rouges and thieves.
    We have heard .. read and know murders are being commited with no fear.
    These are not politicians governing our country.
    They are a band of robbers and thieves trying to buy up the whole country through corruptions…spearheaded by Mahathir for 22 years as PM and on going..creating Malaysians monsters .robots and fanatics..feeling not gulty at all..as all of them love money and not God.
    Now that Dr. Shu is no more a politician…he can help to covert voters for a change in government by speaking out all injustices and do not pray or hope UMNO B will ever change. It is wasting precious time.
    The crimes are plenty and deeply rooted and Najib’s sole purpose is to keep fooling Malaysians as much as he can.
    As a PM…it is just for show…with limited power.
    The UMNO B Supreme Council have the final say…and all are hoping Najib and UMNO B can win 13th GE…or many will need to run like hell or elase .all will be investigated for so many corruptions.
    If you believe Ling Liong Sik and Chan Kong Choy can fool the two PMs…your head needs to be examined.
    Only through a new government can all Malaysians be sane and logical…as the power of persuasions and promotions by UMNO B is working well to capture weak minds to trust them forever.

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