Tuesday, April 29, 2008

In Support of Lee Kah Choon

Several Gerakan KLFT leaders such as Dr Hsu Dar Ren, Dr Tan Kee Kwong, K.Supramaniam, KK Gan and others have called a press conference at 10am today to voice their support for KC's decision to accept the appointments from the Penang state government.

The group's press statement was drafted by Dr Hsu Dar Ren, who is a Gerakan division leader in KL. The summary of the statement says:

A group of grassroots Gerakan members have decided to speak out publicly on the issue of Lee Kah Choon, who they feel that should not be labeled as opportunist and political ‘frog”.

They have also decided to give an advice to the party adviser Dr Lim Keng Yaik to stop interfering with party affairs publicly, as was the case over the past few months when he has preempted party top leadership with statements that were causing damage to the party image.

They would lke to remind him to keep to his words that he would not give advice publicly after he retired, and would only speak his mind when his view is sought.

The group also targetted Dr Koh Tsu Koon:

We regret that a capable leader who was deemed to be fit enough to be a potential Chief Minister of Penang by party leadership just less than 60 days ago, is now deemed to be inexperienced and an opportunist. We regret that a capable leader has been forced out of the party as a result of the action by Sdr Dr Lim Keng Yaik. (Dr Koh had casted doubt over KC's appointments and said that he was not experienced or qualified for the jobs).

Thus far, this press statement launched the strongest criticism against Gerakan leadership.

I was told that more than 20 reporters turned up for their press conference held at the Gerakan KLFT head office.


Anonymous said...

Well people, if you guys had made this effort long long time ago, perhaps your party would not be so irrelevant today. We don't need and we don't want politicians. We just need good governance.

romerz said...

This link is to Dr Hsu's forum on this matter. There's a livelier debate going on there for those interested.


Dr Hsu said...

anonymous, if you think we have ot been voicing out withi the party about UMNO hegemony and the rotten politics of UMno, you are wrong.

The only thing is , we have been voicing it within the party forums, the NDC, the dialogues with leaders. As far as 2 years ago, we have urged the party leadership to leave the rotten partners, as we think that we are too insignificant to change the wayward behaviour of these partners.

There are many good and conscientious Gerakan members who would not work with those rotten UMNO or MCA or MIC members. Even as it is, there are still conscientious people among the grassroots within these Barisan Parties. We cannot use a bammboo rod to hit everryone in the boat (a Chinese proverb meaning that we cannot label all as bad).

Kay Peng, thanks for posting this. Keep up your good work!

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Dr Hsu,

Thanks for visiting my website. I understand how you feel about labelling.

Many of them who made sweeping statements only read articles, views and comments on one extreme and think that all others on the other end are not doing their job.

I hope they will not be oblivion to faults on the other side too.

We need Malaysians who put the interest of the nation first.

I noted your comments and criticism from years back. I have written to Malaysiakini since 2001 - hundreds of articles - and I have spoken to Mkini to compile them into a book.

I hope this book will speak volume of our contribution.

What can we do to change Gerakan? Not much. The power brokers' grip is as strong as ever.

Anonymous said...

dear dr hsu

thank you for highlighting here all your attempts to make those changes. however, as you claimed, there are many conscientious people within the grassroots in these barisan parties, but yet, you guys chose to keep it within party forums and the party leadership still had to tow the line publicly. as a normal rakyat, most of us will not be privy to what goes on behind closed doors. so, how would you expect us to think? another way of saying this is, "justice must not only be done but be seen to be done", just like everything else in life.

perhaps you are one of those good conscientious ones and i have no reason not to believe you, but if you had made known your stand earlier, it might have made some difference.

and kay peng, we do read both sides, and if you see what is happening with our current political landscape, from what is written both in the mainstream media and the alternative medias, i think it would be difficult not to make sweeping statements..but i agree with you that we need malaysians who would put the nation and its people first.

perhaps i can leave dr hsu with an english idiom.."one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel", and some times, you just have to go find a good barrel.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

A good barrel? Mind pointing to us which one?

Anonymous said...

well, if there aren't any, perhaps the good fellas need to get together and build one..

Anonymous said...

for sure kay peng,..go to http://hsudarren.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/press-release-by-some
there is a lively discussion going on there, and somewhere in there, you just might see for yourself where that good barrel is...cheers

Anonymous said...

Dr Hsu,

It is no point voicing your dissatisfactions of UMNO within your party discussions, forums, etc. What the rakyat would prefer you to do is to voice these out openly...like what Ong Kah Ting is doing now even though it may be too little and too late. If Gerakan leaders like you had been more forthright in hitting back at UMNO when Hishammuddin waved his keris or Badrudin calling on the Chinese to "keluar" and "go back to China", then your party would not have done so badly, especially in Penang where it was 100% defeated. The Chinese and Indians are just fed up with UMNO who behaves like a big bully and the DAP is timely in articulating their grouses against UMNO, especially during the electoral campaign. I think Gerakan should quit UMNO now and join opposition Pakatan Rakyat, where you can revert to your original multi-racial principles. By remaining in BN with only 2 MPs and 2 assemblymen, UMNO would tend to despise you even more. Quit BN, Gerakan, before it is too late.