Tsu Koon quits as Gerakan president, party out of Cabinet

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Does Tsu Koon’s resignation really make a difference when the party has sunk so deep from the heady heights during the early years following its formation in 1968?

The party won just one parliamentary seat and three state seats in the recent general election.

What do you think? Should the party be shut down to put it out of its misery or is there any flicker of hope left in it?

What was the turning point for the party that other parties should avoid? At which point did it start going downhil?

The moment it joined the BN, it was straitjacketed by the BN’s race-based policies. From a dynamic multiracial party, Gerakan was reduced to a party dominated by a single ethnic group.

The slide worsened when it began to forget the interests of the people – or at least to put them at a lower priority – and started paying more attention to its Umno-BN/Putrajaya ‘bosses’ and their cronies. PGCC comes to mind.

Blog reader Khoo Soo Hay adds:

Gerakan should now leave Barisan, become an independent political party. Re think and go back to its original policies of the 1960s.

Get back the support of the intellectuals and academic thinkers, prepare new policies and strategy to win back public support.

Go back to giving the trade unions and socialist labour your support and protect their livelihood, i.e the urban ground roots. Stay away from championing the capitalist corporate sector, unless they support your objectives of better and higher benefits to the labour which go to make profits for them.

Its a brand new scenario, quit supporting racist policies, give up your political relationships with MCA, MIC, and Umno.

Fight the corporate oligarchy, which had been encouraged to make unlimited profits for themselves and their shareholders, and not the consuming public. Adopt the Consumers Association of Penang’s fight for consumers, and you will win back respect from your old supporters of the 1960s and 70s.

Remove the bad taint accrued by your association with Barisan in the past 40 years.

Start afresh with new talent to help this country grow in the right direction, with equal distribution of wealth and justice applied without discrimination.

Treat everyone as a Malaysian. We cannot afford to continue to think and act according to your individual race, politically.

Good luck and all the best.

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Plain Truth
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Plain Truth

Penang is Gerakan home base and yet, I do not recall KTK campaigning here during GE 13. That must be a first for a president of any political party !!! Perhaps he was having his photos taken with the PM but then again, I can’t recall seeing any.

So no more photo-opps. Must be time to quit, huh?

Well, given the damage he has inflicted on Penang, not a moment too soon !!!

tunglang
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China & Taiwan knew all along about Malaysia’s bad report card on race relation.
When I was in Shenzhen, China, the locals asked me how bad the racial discrimination was in Boleh Land. It was & is still common knowledge (bad reputation) in Asia.
Only that this reputation is more tainted & confirmed by GE13.
Cheer Tsingtao Beer to less & less MCA & Gerakan running “d” of Bee End masters.

Xiao Wern
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Xiao Wern

I heard that Najib is worried that he could ot attract investment from China and Taiwan if its cabinet does not have any chinese representation.

Any truth in this?

My bet is MCA & Gerakan will accept cabinet post after another week of wayang/merajuk.

victor liew
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victor liew

I think Gerakan & MCA worst performance to date is due to the policies of their Taiko, UMNObaru. Policies that do not benefit majority of the people but policies that benefited UMNObaru’s cronies most. I wonder why the component parties of BN are very afraid to point their fingers at BN for their bad performance at the GE whereas Rais Yatim can easily pinpoint them as the culprit for BN bad result at GE13. What equal partners are we talking about here?

Albert Teow
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Albert Teow

To save malaysia and the rakyat, these two people must GO !!

lanaibeach
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lanaibeach

Gerakan is dying It hasn’t reached the end yet There is still hope for the party One the leaders have to take Gerakan has to leave Bee Anne There is no two way about it Amno rings its rope around There is no two way traffic Now Gerakan gets the message The people have rejected the party For selling its dignity For becoming a slave to Amno It’s better to get back to basic Like in football after every game The losers will go back to assess its losses But Gerakan seems stuck on its track Will Gerakan severe its… Read more »

Phua Kai Lit
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Phua Kai Lit

MCA and Gerakan still trying to “punish” Chinese voters by not participating in the Cabinet?

Who cares?

The Cabinet positions they hold are minor ones anyway!
Big Brother UMNO holds all the powerful Cabinet positions i.e
Finance, Home Affairs, Defense, (Dis)Information, Foreign Affairs

tunglang
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It’s more like no more Satu Lagi Projeks for them MCA & Gerakan …
Serve them right. We don’t need them Boh Hoots to serve us anymore.

Khoo Soo Hay
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Khoo Soo Hay

Gerakan should now leave Barisan, become an independent political party. Re think and go back to its original policies of the 1960’s Get back the support of the intellectuals and academic thinkers, prepare new policies and strategy to win back the public support. Go back to giving the trade unions and socialist labour your support and protect their livelihood, i.e the urban ground roots. Stay away championing the capitalist corporate sector, unless they support your objectives of better and higher benefits to the labour which go to make profits for them. Its a brand new scenario, quit supporting racist policies,… Read more »

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

People are so hypocritical. The same group of people shouted for 2 party system now wanted zero opposition so their idol can do whatever they wanted, be it mega tunnel, highways or even bridge straight to China mainland or even better a junction to Taiwan as well.

I think BN at federal level should respond appropriately to chinese tsunami. … All things are not too good for this beautiful nation.

Stop the provocation now.

Andrew I
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Andrew I

What provocation are you referring to, Dino?

Kh Lim
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Kh Lim

Who is Tsu Koon? Oh! The KPI guy, so he failed his own KPI, I supposed. Anyway, the faster he disappear from Malaysia political scence the better. What good he did hanging around as a KPI minister, if I may ask?

Ginger
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Ginger

Both Gerakan and MCA served its master Umno and not rakyat. The leaders are merely Yes men and chose to ignore the wishes of rakyat. Their grassroot members should leave the parties and join Pakatan.

Both Gerakan and MCA should stop harping on their past accomplishment that are irrelevant to young voters.

spud
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spud

seriously. who gives a s… about gerakan?

najib manaukau
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This Tsu Koon knows he is out of the cabinet and therefore he might as well resign while he can and save himself the embarrassment of being kicked out. It is people like him that is causing the Chinese the dilemma they are in, period. There should be a Gerakan to begin with, these cabinet post lovers should have been a part of MCA instead of selling (out) to Umno. What have they or MCA done for the Chinese except to endorse whatever Umno had proposed ? And of course to have the glamour of being a minister, now these… Read more »

Ahmad Sobri
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Ahmad Sobri

Gerakan? Is it relevant anymore? It has become GELAKAN! Podah! Gelakan! Whether Koh Tsu Khoon or Chua Soi Lek go or remain, does it matter? Malaysians just do not want anything to do with GELAKAN anymore. It serves its ownself more than it serves the Rakyat. Even when Penangnites use to return them 100% in every seat they contested in in previous election, they failed to perform. They just want to serve their UMNO bosses! GELAKAN should just close shop! It is irrelevant and its status is just like one GELAKAN kid commenting here. Has more people disagreeing with him… Read more »

sensible
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sensible

he should have left in 08. shameless …

SL Wong (@wong8898)
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For sure, MCA & Gerakan now are half dead & waiting for Reborn whether with a new parent or OLD one. They are dying slowly in front of us (pretending) I guess, as to get sympathy votes for their past contributions (if any) or old relationship ‘Kam cheng’ hopefully from its blind supporters. Anymore blind now? My bet is: No chance for both MCA & Gerakan to die now as their master wanted their slavery services to continue…

lbj
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lbj

I, for one say, put Gerakan out of its misery. It isso painful watching it dying.