A book on Gerakan by Neil Khor and Khoo Kay Peng has stirred controversy – even before it can be launched.
“Non-sectarian politics in Malaysia: The case of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia” has already ruffled the feathers of certain quarters.
Respected Gerakan stalwart Toh Kin Woon, a life member of the party and currently director of Seri, penned the foreword to the book.
Writes Kin Woon:
…the authors of the book, explain how since joining the Barisan Nasional (BN), Gerakan has increasingly lost its multi-ethnic character. It is increasingly perceived by many outside the party to be just another Chinese-based party. This book describes that slow but near fatal process both for the party and for non-sectarian politics in the country.
The grave-vine has it that the book has already upset certain quarters within Gerakan, which is due to hold party elections in October. From what I hear, there have been attempts to throw a spanner in the works ahead of the book launch.
Both the authors are from Penang and studied at St Xavier’s Institution. Cambridge graduate Neil Khor, a social historian and journalist, is a post-doctoral fellow at the History Department of University of Malaya while Khoo Kay Peng, former executive director of Sedar, is a corporate consultant and political analyst.
The book launch is scheduled for 4.00pm tomorrow at the E & O Hotel in Penang. It should be interesting – given the action behind the scenes!