My reply to some of my blog readers:
In my several press interviews I have outlined three things Gerakan must do in order to reverse its fortunes.
First, what is the party's stand on racial politics? If the party leadership wants to go back to basic, it must choose the right path. It cannot embrace racial partners such as UMNO, MIC and MCA. Otherwise, it must be prepared to suggest the formation of a single multiracial BN party, which it did, as the single most important requirement for it to stay in the coalition.
Is Tsu Koon prepared to make this stand?
Second, the party must address the important issue of using draconian laws to shut up and persecute political opponents. Gerakan cannot shout its opposition against ISA but continue to stay in the coalition which passes the use of ISA. If the party continues to make noises but show no action, how many people can be convinced that Gerakan is the right party to support?
Third, the party's stand on the NEP and Malay supremacy is very crucial. Just like its opposition of ISA, the party cannot just shout review but continue to be part of a government which practices unfair affirmative policy. Worse, this policy is abused for personal interests. Recent incidents including organised 'attacks' against both MP Teresa Kok and Deputy Minister MP Tan Lian Hoe by a particular newspaper reflect the unsavoury state of politics in this country.
Can Gerakan be trusted to defend the rights of all Malaysians, fight against racism and all kinds of bigotry, promote its non-racial ideology and protect the democratic process in the country if it cannot even stand up for its top leader?
Just give an example, can you continue to work, eat, sleep and have fun with a dangerous armed gang and yet claim that you are against their activities?
If you are really serious, you would call the police.
The fact that I am not writing about the party is because I do not see any new hope with its new leadership.There are many more important things to focus on.