Monday, August 18, 2008

I Support Dr Toh's Decision

In Susan's blog:

According to PKR information chief, Tian Chua, ex-Gerakan’s MP and Penang state ex-co Toh Kin Woon visited the Permatang Pauh operations centre yesterday at 6.30pm.

He expressed his support for Pakatan and Anwar Ibrahim. He urged Permatang Pauh voters to support Anwar. He also said that for those who support multi-racial politics, Barisan Nasional is already out of fashion.

I can confirm that Dr Toh's presence at the PR operations centre yesterday. His support for a new multiracial or non-racial approach to politics and governance in the country does not run contrary to his party's ideology.

Perak Gerakan's call for the party to leave the BN is an example of a move the party should take if it wants to recover its support base and go back to its basic struggle. Gerakan Women's Chief Tan Lian Hoe, a deputy minister, has made similar call at the state delegates' conference (I was told by an Oriental Daily reporter who interviewed me).

Dr Koh Tsu Koon, acting president of Gerakan, quashes talk of Gerakan pulling out from BN in The Star print pg. N22. Meanwhile, newly elected Perak Chairman Chang Ko Youn said this issue must be discussed at the October nation conference.

Dr Koh and secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye have denied the party's move to pull out. Frictions are expected between leaders who wanted to Gerakan out and those who wanted the party to remain. One of the key considerations for Gerakan to stay in the BN is seat allocation at the next general election.

Dr Toh's stand is very crucial. Should Gerakan continue to support race based politics and policies? Its current leadership owes the people and Gerakan members an explanation of its stand on these issues - UMNO hegemony, racism in BN, NEP and social contract.

UPDATE:

Dr Toh Kin Woon has resigned as a member of Gerakan a few minutes ago due to strong pressure.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gavin,

Dr Toh took the exit, when is your turn since you are not welcomed by the current PGRM Chia brothers.

LangChiaPek
langchiapek@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Almost all BN leaders are still in self-denial state. Dr Toh is one of the few exceptions!!

Khoo Kay Peng said...

There is no need to resign. Gerakan leadership has never considered me a member.

veon said...

KP,
what will be, will be, no matter what.

My friend emailed me his thought on our Dr. Toh's resignation. You may want to read it. http://veonszu.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Kah Peng:

I think you are contradicting yourself.

- if you are not considered a member, why stay on? What good can you do by staying on? Change from within? Get real!!
- you said Gerakan has lost its original ideals. You said members must ask themselves why they should remain in the party. They must ask why it is worthwhile for them to remain as members. Have you asked the same questions yourself?

I am trying to understand your exact position from what you write and say.

SH Tan

Khoo Kay Peng said...

SH,

My membership lapsed long ago. Why the need to resign when I am no longer a member?

Anonymous said...

Gavin,

According to Guang Ming Daily,


http://www.guangming.com.my/print/32035


It was Penang State Gerakan Youth and it's cheif Huan Cheng Guan who demanded Dr Toh to resign from Gerakan.

Shame of these bunch of dogs.

LangChiaPek
langchiapek@gmail.com

voiceofpolitics said...

To me, Huan Cheng Guan is a political idiot.

I think, he should be the one resign from Gerakan, for the sake of the party, the people and the course of multiracial politics.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Voice of Politics,

I can't help but to agree with you. But Huan is the blue eyed boy of Koh. He used to praise Huan for his contacts in UMNO.

It is not surprising that Huan is now the Exec Secretary of BN BBC in the parliament.

Huan is also close to Johari Baharum. Need I tell you more about Johari?

It is the end of Gerakan especially under Koh and present CWC.