Ex-Gerakan leader Dr. Toh Kin Woon shares why he could no longer be in Gerakan after declaring his support for former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, who is  PKR candidate for Permatang Pauh.

I will not paraphrase his words, it’s best you listen to him.

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I caught up with Dr. Toh, and wanted to congratulate him for taking a stand against BN/UMNO, something which I always knew he would do. Hey, call me clairvoyant.

As a ‘socialist’ at heart (that’s what his friends say about him), and a staunch Catholic (strong sense of social justice), I wondered how he had tolerated his stay in Gerakan which kowtows to UMNO, putting aside the party’s multi-racial beliefs.

Everytime I meet him at talks or in Church (Holy Spirit, Penang), the first thing that crossed my mind was: When?

The “When” happened two days ago.

Toh had spoken out many times against BN policies (for example, consistently criticising the use of the Internal Security Act), but his straight forwardness was an opportunity for the party to show off its tolerant disposition.

We often applauded him for his courage.

I know they sometimes tick him off behind closed doors. How long could he take that? I am sure he was also prepared for the consequences of his out-spokeness.

He was the “conscience of BN”, yes. But even that ‘conscience’ could not tolerate UMNO’s ultra racism anymore.

I believe the Anwar Ibrahim factor was just a catalyst for his decision. A decision which he had actually made long ago, perhaps he was just waiting for the right time. But for the longest time, he stayed in Gerakan, and slowly drifted into oblivion.

Then came Permatang Pauh.

He did stressed that he does not support Anwar personally but supports his agenda for change, which the latter continues to propagate.

So meeting him in Penang recently was bonus for me. In fact I remarked that he looked years younger after he stepped out of Barisan Nasional.

We exchanged cards and he says we will meet up when he is next in Bangkok. “It’s not easy to find a Catholic Church there,” he said.

I told him I knew of a nice Catholic Church in Ploenchit: The Holy Redeemer.

I hope to see him there one day.

105 responses »

  1. Joshua says:

    Better late than never, Dr. Toh!

    We need more Malaysians like you.

    My two cents here:
    http://takenotetakeheart.blogspot.com/2008/08/gerakan-surviving-movement.html

  2. Abdullah says:

    He is a man of conscience and tells the truth when there is universal deceit perpetuated by incorrigible liar: Dollah and his certified thieves.

    “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. “

    George Orwell.

  3. Hunk says:

    At least God can forgive him since he repented. To be an “accessory” or acted in passivity when his comrades committed crimes is as guilty as the commitor/s.
    At least, I know 1 thing -that Susan is of Catholic denomination.🙂 1more thing, aren’t christian aren’t suppose to have sex before marriage? Ah ya, never mind!😀

  4. ka na sai says:

    God Bless You,
    Dr Toh you are man with conscience and speaks the truth,you have guts.
    respected for what u have decided.
    You have make a right move,It is better late then never.

  5. Sudah Tua Kah says:

    Sudah tua lah ini orang. With terrorism on the rise, US and Britain also come out with ISA laws. Memang pass the “expiry date” lah ini politician hehe. Without ISA, all sodomists will be on rampage haha.

  6. […] 我的情况和前民政党的杜乾焕博士是很接近的,哈哈,和名人相比,这的不知臭。一就是和他们一起去搞‘教育’,解救民族,二是离开。英语俗话不是说,if you can not beat them, join them.那么,不join呢,就离开呗。老杜的情况差不多是这样啦 https://sloone.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/toh-its-either-gerakan-or-anwar-with-video/。 […]

  7. Banker says:

    All the more reason why we should throw our BN and support PKR.

    Thumbs up to Dr Toh who I have met more than 10 years also and who struck me as a really sincere Public Servant whose motto is to serve and who can not tolerate all the red tapes and useless Civil Service.

    Tan Sri Koh, I am sure you are the same, but your hands are tied.

  8. tigerchan says:

    —Without ISA, all sodomists will be on rampage haha—-

    And the cheaters will eat people up because they have power in their hands.

  9. wits0 says:

    Banker: “Tan Sri Koh, I am sure you are the same, but your hands are tied.”

    Why so tied? He could have resigned and he among all people could easily live most comfortably and at the same time assuage his own conscience as well.

  10. Kopi Anan says:

    Just an observation.

    A Staunch Roman Catholic and Socialist. The Roman Catholic Church seems to be doing that in South America or the presence of Roman Catholicism in China.

    Protestantism and Capitalism or rather Social-Democracy very much a European phenomena.

    Where does Taoism or Buddhism or Ancestors-worshipping come together?

    Or Hindusim with Democracy?

    And Parti Keadilan Raayat [Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Taoists, Buddhist, Muslims, Confuciunism, the odd atheists, idealists, free thinkers] with Social Justice?

    And finally, is religion losing its call for social justice and democracy?

    [it brings the notion that DAP is no longer relevant as it is essentially a chauvinistic chinese socialist movement and that Parti Islam Malaysia is a misnomer]

  11. Ptui says:

    That plagued rat Koh Tsu Koon is digging the hole in which undertaker khairy is to bury Anwar.

  12. bamboo river says:

    I may not know much about Dr. Toh , I hope his decision will be a wake up call for ….no,,,,,not the PM, but other Gerakan members.

  13. amba says:

    PERMATANG PAUH (Penang): THE Anwar Ibrahim by-election could be decided by one main factor: how far the majority Malay voters are influenced by the sodomy accusation against him.

    Although the opposition chief is widely expected to win, he needs to carry a huge Malay vote to show he has moral standing in his own community.

    This is because the Barisan Nasional (BN) campaign has zoomed in on one issue only – the sodomy allegation by his former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

    – Reme Ahmad, The Straits Times

  14. ella-mae says:

    Sorry for getting off-topic guys but here’s the transcript of a Press Conference given by 4B Youth Movement and UMNO member in Ipoh on August 18th, 2008.

    http://thedandelions.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/kita-orang-mesti-lawan-sama-you-orang/

  15. najis razak says:

    From link above ella-mae (08:13:03) :

    “… kita orang (Malays) mesti LAWAN sama YOU ORANG (said while pointing at Chinese and Indian reporter).. ” – 4 Bastard Youth movement started by UMNO the true Jihad.

  16. Bigjoe says:

    Its not just Toh that does not have a choice but rather Gerakan does not have one either. They will never be able to come back into Penang as they are especially under KTK. At this juncture, PR basically must NOT mess up in Penang and they will keep it even in the next election. They don’t have to be successful It quite clear now AND will absolutely be clear after Permatang Pauh.

    I am not saying they can keep it beyond 2/3 elections given the power of Federal govt but between the limits of bad govt of BN and simple improvement of Penang state govt, PR has Penang for at least 8 years.

    The problem is that Gerakan as a organization will dessimate if they can’t take Penang back in the next election. This is feudalism, alliance are fragile and don’t last when things don’t work for years.

    Toh is not clarivoyant, he is just more willing to bite the bullet because of he is less feudal and making new alliance is easier for him. But eventually the rest of the feudal lords will follow him purely on the basis of least worst of a bad situation…

  17. najis razak says:

    From link above ella-mae (08:13:03) :

    “… kita orang (Malays) mesti LAWAN sama YOU ORANG (said while pointing at Chinese and Indian reporter).. ” – 4 Basta*d Youth movement started by UMNO the true Jihad.

  18. Robert Teh says:

    Dr. Toh is a brother to all Malaysians and when he says it, it comes from the heart – unlike our PM Pak Lah.

    I am patiently waiting for the dawning of a New Malaysia – united, strong, competitive and progressive; at the same time fair and just to all Malaysians.

    That dawn will come upon us soon and the prayers of our brothers and sisters throughout the land will be answered by God Almighty.

    Long may you live! Dr. Toh Kin Woon.

  19. najis razak says:

    First we will finish off the Indians, then the rest. You wait and see:

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/8/22/nation/22125170&sec=nation

  20. Mr Smith says:

    I have always wondered why Catholics would want to associate with BN, an evil regime. How could we associate with UMNO which a personification of EVIL. See how it is conducting itself in Permatang Pauh?
    Need a Federal Government resort to such dirty politics to win? Can’t it win on its past records, if any.
    We Catholics should take stand up for Truth, Freedom, Justice, civil liberties , human rights etc. In BN, all these are relegated to the bottom of its list.
    Anyway, it is better late than never for Toh.

  21. D`evil says:

    Pope Hamid`s britches get too big for him:

    PUTRAJAYA ( Aug 14, 2008) :

    When suggested that politics and by-election are a part of people’s daily life, therefore it is not against the law to write about Permatang Pauh as Herald’s permit allowed it to write about religion and daily life, Syed Hamid said:

    “If you are to write on religion, then you are supposed to touch on matters pertaining to questions on rituals, adherence to God, followers and anything related to your divine mission.

    “If you go beyond that, definitely you have committed some breaches.”

  22. amoker says:

    For Christ came down not to be served but to serve.

    Indeed, kudos to Dr. Toh who tried to do the change from within. And rational enough to follow his belief and principle when he knew it was time. There are people like him who tried to work and not give up. Lets not put him down.

  23. hamster says:

    PUTRAJAYA ( Aug 14, 2008) :

    Syed Hamid said:

    “If you are to write on religion, then you are supposed to touch on matters pertaining to questions on rituals, adherence to God, followers and anything related to your divine mission.

    “If you go beyond that, definitely you have committed some breaches.”

  24. humidor says:

    Pope Hamid has another view:

    Syed Hamid on the responsibilities of a publisher
    http://anilnetto.com/christianity/religion-according-to-syed-hamid-albar/

  25. JOHJ says:

    Saudara Dr Toh,

    Wish u the best of luck. Ur heart (SATU HATI) was always with DSAI right from the start DSAI was arrested, not with GERAKAN.

  26. RKP says:

    What about our Sabah and Sarawak friends,brothers and sisters.They too must be set free from this evil grip of greed,corruption,wickedness and unfairness.

    They must join in the tsunami wave of deliverance and reformation sweeping through. In the 12th GE ,they were not there but now they must take part.

    Um-NO/BN is a desperate loser and uses provocative language to hurt feelings of Malaysians. They are trying to trip our feet with these racial ,religious and personality sentiments. If we are mature enough to think wisely and rationally, we will defeat them overwhelmingly bringing them shame and disgrace on their faces for acting like an immatured, unschooled hooligan and bully.

  27. caravanserai says:

    A person must have guts to change
    When events have flowed; when things aren’t the same any more
    Why wait to prolong the agony when it has gone?
    Why waste time really?

    The ground has awaken
    The people make their stand
    United we march together
    Show the world we are one nation

    Racists and race base parties
    It can’t be around to fool the people
    The internal revolution has begun
    The old premise no use any more

    Politicians with hidden agendas
    Running fiery speeches on religion
    It can’t be had in pursuing national unity
    It must be the choices carry equal weight
    When it isn’t balancing equally
    The demons will strike economically
    At the stupidity of not doing any thing

    The people now open hearts and souls
    Knowing this land belonging to all
    The cake must be shared equally
    One nation many colored people call
    Sharing our joy when the new chapter writes
    The Malaysians of Malaysia

  28. mangy says:

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    Ha ha. Don’t worry brother, its not copyrighted.

    http://www.ibnjuferi.com/tag/christian-ethics/

  29. choongs says:

    “A “No” uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a “Yes” merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  30. choongs says:

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi.

  31. choongs says:

    “Seven sins of life: Politics without principle. Commerce without morality. Wealth without work. Education without character. Science without humanity. Pleasure without conscience. Worship without sacrifice.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

  32. hutchrun says:

    Gandhi’s thoughts in his 1940 ‘open letter’ to the British:

    “I want you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions. Let them take possession of your beautiful island with your many beautiful buildings… If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourself, man, woman and child to be slaughtered… I am telling His Excellency the Viceroy that my services are at
    the disposal of His Majesty’s government, should they consider them of any practical use in enhancing my appeal.”
    [From Stanley Wolpert’s Jinnah of Pakistan.]

    Sri Aurobindo’s reaction when he heard this, as recorded in his book “India’s Rebirth”: “He must be a little cracked.”

  33. kittykat46 says:

    Its interesting that Anwar and PR is running an inclusive campaign, while BN is running a most blatantly racist campaign to get the Malay votes in Permatang Pauh. With Koh Tsu Koon cheering UMNO on. I think Dr. Toh finally decided he couldn’t stand the stench any longer.

    Sometimes I really wonder how the BN leaders, especially those of the subordinate component parties get to sleep soundly at night. They must be very good at lying to themselves, or they perhaps checked out their conscience years ago.

  34. hutchrun says:

    BIG EARS could not hear LOUD MOUTH:

    Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department and of Information respectively, also denied any involvement. Nazri called the the supposed lineup as “Cabinet BABI — Barisan Anwar bin Ibrahim”.

    http://rockybru2.blogspot.com/2008/08/cabinet-babi.html

  35. hutchrun says:

    BIG EARS could not hear LOUD MOUTH:

    Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department and of Information respectively, also denied any involvement. Nazri called the the supposed lineup as “Cabinet BABI — Barisan Anwar bin Ibrahim”.

    rockybru2.blogspot.com/2008/08/cabinet-babi.html

  36. choongs says:

    “Buruk muka, cermin dibelah.”

    “Bahasa jiwa bangsa.” ??

  37. sama says:

    ” O Allah, Pervez, his ministers, his ‘Ulama and his soldiers have been hostile to your friends in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially in Waziristan, Swat, Bajaur and Lal Masjid: O Allah, break their backs, split them up and destroy their unity; O Allah, afflict them with the loss of their dear ones as they have afflicted us with the loss of our dear ones; O Allah, we seek refuge in You from their evilness and we place You at their throats; O Allah, make their plotting their destruction; O Allah, suffice for us against them with whatever You wish; O Allah, destroy them, for they cannot escape You; O Allah, count them, kill them, and leave not even one of them.”

    Extract from Osama bin Laden’s fatwa of September 20, 2007

  38. kittykat46 says:

    After 6 days of campaigning in perhaps the biggest by-election in Malaysian history, here’s my take on it.

    a) Its almost useless for BN to canvass Indian voters – they have overwhelmingly made up their minds, and its not good news for BN.
    There are a few rural estates in PP which are very much Hindraf territory now. MIC got a cold reception when they went door-to-door campaigning.

    b) Arif Shah has some following among the Chinese in Seberang Jaya, but most people see the big picture – they want Anwar in Parliament. The working-class folks are overwhelmingly DAP sympathisers, and they will vote PR.

    c) The young, below 40 Malay group, whom I’m more in touch with – boy, are they pro-Anwar. To them BN represents the past, not the future. Interesting that Anwar, who is 61, has become a symbol for the urban Malay youth .

    d) The rural Malays, mostly older group – that’s where the Saiful swearing on the Quran has had influence. The question raised “Why is Anwar afraid to swear on the Quran?”

    At this point I think Anwar’s majority may be slashed due to group (d) , but no way BN can win.

  39. yh says:

    big joe

    you read this man wrongly.

    he is for real coz i know he tried very hard to change from within. iat last, he knew its futile. mind you, he opt not to stand in the last election and that was the prelude to the eventual departure from gerakan. this was done prior to 8/3 and nto after the election loss.
    give him the credit for his consistent stand and he is not being called the conscience of gerakan for nothing.
    i have met him twice over dinner and i have utmost respect for his intellectual capacity, honesty and integrity. Above all, his humility is worth emulating.

  40. sama says:

    No one is invincible in this country …and he is a liar and is running on fumes!
    Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat baruyang akan di ujudkan pada 16th September, 2008. Kerajaan ini akan di restui oleh Singapura adan Amerika Ayarikat that European Union!

    Chinese Vercanular school, protected by the government , so go figure morons!

    barkingmagpie.blogspot.com

  41. choongs says:

    “Tong kosong berbunyi nyaring.”

  42. sama says:

    Raja Petra’s house was raided by the police at about 8.00am this morning, Friday, 22 August 2008.

    malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/11631/84/#jc_writeComment

    As you can see, Malaysia is SO CRIME FREE,
    that PDRM deployed such a big team to RPK’s house
    to look for ‘documents’
    which RPK would have left lying around,
    waiting for these idiots to come and pick up.

    What brains? You conclude!

  43. hamid says:

    Raja Petra’s house was raided by the police at about 8.00am this morning, Friday, 22 August 2008.
    The police said they were looking for documents and any evidence related to the Statutory Declaration signed by the Burmese Doctor from Pusrawi.

    http://malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/11631/84/#jc_writeComment

    What brains? You conclude!

  44. hamid says:

    The War against Terror by badawi:

    Raja Pet’s house was raided by the police at about 8.00am this morning, Friday, 22 August 2008. The police said they were looking for documents and any evidence related to the Statutory Declaration signed by the Burmese Doctor from Pusrawi.

    The raid was is in relation to the sodomy allegation against Anwar Ibrahim where the said doctor who examined the accuser, Saiful, confirmed he could not find any evidence that the young man had been sodomised by anyone.

    The police confiscated a notebook computer, a scanner and some documents and left about two hours later. RPK is to report to Bukit Aman for his statement to be recorded after the Permatang Pauh by-election.

  45. hamid says:

    The War against Terror by badawi:

    RPK’s house was raided by the police at about 8.00am this morning, Friday, 22 August 2008. The police said they were looking for documents and any evidence related to the Statutory Declaration signed by the Burmese Doctor from Pusrawi.

    The raid was is in relation to the sodomy allegation against Anwar Ibrahim where the said doctor who examined the accuser, Saiful, confirmed he could not find any evidence that the young man had been sodomised by anyone.

    The police confiscated a notebook computer, a scanner and some documents and left about two hours later. RPK is to report to Bukit Aman for his statement to be recorded after the Permatang Pauh by-election.

  46. wits0 says:

    Kittykat46:

    “b) Arif Shah has some following among the Chinese in Seberang Jaya..”

    These must possess a masochistic streak and perhaps haven’t heard this :

    “A few days after announcing the provision of scrap metal licences to Indian voters in Permatang Pauh, Najib enlightens the Chinese on how lucky they are to be in Malaysia and how privileged they are indeed to even retain their Chinese names!”
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88289

  47. Palang says:

    Based on the past and recent politic issue of malaysia, the whole thing started in the west malaysia, from racial to religion and all the street demonstration and threat. Sabah and Sarawak would be better off than any states of the west in term of natural resources and wealth, unity among all the races regardless of their religions. The main reason is because of our natives mass population and we are mostly christian. Therefore it is not applicable for other race to use their ketuanan , etc over here. Furthermore we are all peace loving races. It is all east malaysian dream that Sabah and Sarawakcould form a nation on itself, peacful , unity and harmony among all the races with a lot of development. That we need a strong leader to lead us.

  48. Palang Ris says:

    Based on the past and recent politic issue of malaysia, the whole thing started in the west malaysia, from racial to religion and all the street demonstration and threat. Sabah and Sarawak would be better off than any states of the west in term of natural resources and wealth, unity among all the races regardless of their religions. The main reason is because of our natives mass population and we are mostly christian. Therefore it is not applicable for other race to use their ketuanan , etc over here. Furthermore we are all peace loving races. It is all east malaysian dream that Sabah and Sarawakcould form a nation on itself, peacful , unity and harmony among all the races with a lot of development. That we need a strong leader to lead us.

  49. Revive says:

    kittykat 46,

    Interesting. Good point you stated there. BN may not win the election, but its main purpose is to minimise the amount majority of voters obtained by Anwar in the coming election. They already knew they wont win the election in PP, because the place has been a stronghold for PKR.

    As you say, the youngsters are more towards pro-Anwar. Its obvious. Last time I even saw an 18 years old youngster going to political blogs and giving comments in the cc. Are you kidding me? This youth nowadys are more concern then we the OLD ones.

    Sometimes I do feel that these youth is being exploited by them. Its sad. But perhaps living in the modern world we have to accept the reality.

  50. aiyomanaboleh says:

    good man. better late than never.

  51. Bigjoe says:

    I like to clarify that when I said what is going on is naturally a behaviour of feudalism, I do not mean to imply Toh is not an upstanding person who probably deserves all the praises heaped upon him.

    What I am alluding to is that Toh has to worked within forces larger than himself and his action is just a response to what is going on. Its those larger forces that are manifested here. Toh is just naturally able to response quicker to those breaking down of forces probably as someone points out because of his personal character and agenda. His other ex-colleagues are just less able to because they are committed to a different agenda and character..

  52. wandererAUS says:

    The ‘matador’ Dr Toh has wounded the BN bull, now, I hope he will go for the kill! Come over to PK be an adviser …. be a guidance with your experiences
    to the young and up and coming politicians. We want a change of this scumbags UMNO led govt, your presence with PK will be invaluable. Don’t leave your action half done, go for the kill!!

  53. machitam says:

    i’m not a clairvoyant too but i foresee more of this mca, gerakkan and mic leaders will not only take a stand against BeeN mafia but will switch side.

    the sentiment exist. bumno “tembelang” had been broken. the smells travel fast across bolehland. it is just like leaking huge Dam. water had sprung out everywhere. it’s a matter of time the dam will collapse. somehow the old folks in the rural areas are getting the “tempias”.

    For the leaders or “pemimpin atasan”, those who have the “rasuah” tag may not barge out unless they are prepared to face the music or hope to cleanse themselves.

    for the grass root, i.e old folks will still have the “fear” instilled in them since 50 yrs ago.

    BeeN is racist because UMNObodoh, MCA and MIC are racist party. i think they are the only racist party around. it’s irony that these party can have a thick racial sentiment in each of them and yet “claim” that they promote racial unity while others are not.

    do you think just because Arff Shah can speak mandarin, the chinese will gives their votes? are malaysian minds that shallow? the rural folks may be duped but to what extend? i think money is worth more than a mandarin!

    there will be more to come……. i mean after Permatang Pauh!

  54. Menyalak-er says:

    Aww… let us not get hot and bothered about the religious thingy about Dr. Toh being a Catholic etc. who has wisdom and good conscience.
    Although some of us do not agree with creeds nor in God (or say, at least an anthropomorphic God), would not the U.N.’s Declaration of Human Rights suffice?
    For those who are indeed are Christians (whatever your denomination), would you not agree with the Social Creed (United Methodist Episcopalian):
    “We believe in God, Creator of the world, and in Jesus Christ, Redeemer of creation;
    We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sins in using these gifts to idolatrous ends.
    We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement and faithful use by mankind.
    We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessing of community, sexuality, marriage and family.
    We commit ourselves for the rights of man, woman, children, youth, young adults, the aging and people with disabilities, to improve the quality of life and dignityof all persons.
    We believe in the right of and duty of persons to work for the Glory of God and the good of themselves and others, and the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God; collective bargaining, and responsible consumption and in the elimination of social and economic distress.
    We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and individual freedom for all peoples of the world.
    We believe in the present and final triumphs of God’s Word in human affairs, and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the Gospel in the world.
    Amen.”
    I think all people whatever their religion, or even the agnostics and atheists with ‘wisdom’ would agree with the central theme of the message.
    (Of course the other religions etc. will have to delete the refrences to the Christian God.)
    What i’m saying here, is that Dr. Toh has probably reached the spiritual level that puts him in concordance to this creed. How many of us can?
    Btw, i’m not from the United Methodist nor Anglican/Episcopalian Church.
    Cheers.

  55. hutchrun says:

    Following former Suhakam Chairman Musa Hitam’s October 2001 statement that human rights would need to take a back seat in the fight against terrorism, the Commission has assumed a lower profile in carrying out its mission and has not often publicly challenged the government on sensitive subjects.

  56. hutchrun says:

    Repression before reform in Malaysia

    “Taken together there is a growing climate of fear and intolerance,” said Yap Swee Seng, executive director of Suaram, a leading human rights organization. “Tolerance for dissent and freedom of media is narrowing. What little media freedom existed is now under severe threat,” he said.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/JH21Ae03.html

  57. There must have been much deep soul-searching done
    Before making a complete break and from party be gone
    Even though there may still remain some contending bones
    That through years of experience a seasoned politician hones

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 220808
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Fri. 22nd Aug. 2008.

  58. road smoke says:

    Right you are Dr Toh, I hope more intellectuals will make a turn around like you. It is time we do not work in the shadow anymore. Bravo doc.

  59. […] of Gerakan, rightly famed Dr. Toh Kin Woon served as a committee member on the KLSCAH Civil Society Award selection committee, the award […]

  60. hutchrun says:

    Hahaha Arif is now a droput like Saiful (well not exactly, but still a “dropout”):
    http://www1.malaysiakini.com/news/88292

    Condoms please🙂

  61. Truth Seeker says:

    Looks like we have to keep promoting awareness of what Good Governance is all about until it becomes a reality in our beloved Malaysia.

    —————————————————————————–

    Universal principles of good governance and rule of law …..

    Can we learn from the Iraqi experience???

    A global consensus recognizing that good governance is vital for economic development and poverty alleviation has emerged. Good governance provides an enabling environment for general economic development, human resources development, ensuring the prevention and resolution of conflict. All these elements are essential to build a firm common ground for Iraqi national reconciliation. Good governance, as we know, is a pillar of democracy. Finding a consensus on a definition of the concept of good government has not been easy. Does it apply to just sound administration and management or does it also refer to the political domain and political leadership? Is it a universal principle or does it vary according to context? This vagueness raises the risks associated with applying a concept, which may not be rooted in the particular socio-cultural and political environment of Iraq. It is generally accepted that in the context of a political and constitutional environment that upholds human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law, good governance is the transparent and accountable management of human, natural, economic and financial resources for the purpose of equitable and sustainable development. Citizens expect the government to respond to their needs through a systematic process of accountability, transparency, and checks and balances. Good governance ensures that political, social, and economic priorities reflect broad consensus, that decision-makers represent the voices of the poorest and the most vulnerable in allocating development resources, and that the rights of the people are respected. It entails clear decision-making procedures at the level of public authorities, transparent and accountable institutions, the primacy of law in the management and distribution of resources and capacity building for elaborating and implementing measures aimed in particular at preventing and combating corruption. Essentials of Good Governance, The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) defines good governance as “the responsible exercise of political, economic and administrative authority in the management of a country’s affairs at all levels”. Good governance, among other things, is participatory, transparent, accountable, effective, equitable, and fair. It promotes the rule of law. Participation ensures an open, inclusive, participatory political system. It involves citizens in the decision-making process and in implementing public projects orother government activity. Participation goes beyond mere consultation and implies the existence of opportunities to contribute through gainful employment; opportunities to move in the mainstream of political, economic, and cultural processes and the eradication of the marginalization of groups and discrimination, poverty, and deprivation; and freedom from vulnerability through a guaranteed system of social safety nets and social security systems. To this end, good governance embraces the concept of devolution of power to local authorities and communities. The right of citizens to participate in the conduct of public affairs is more directly exercised at local levels. The existence of local authorities that are given real responsibilities can provide an administrative system that is both effective and close to the citizen. Transparency involves establishing appropriate lines or forms of accountability between the government and the public, which should include access to information through suchmeasures as freedom of information legislation, open decision-making, and rules ofsubstantive and procedural fairness. The rule of law assumes the existence of inalienable rights and liberties for every citizen, which governments should not touch or violate. To some extent the essence of the rule of law lies in its juxtaposition to “the rule of men or women”. This aphorism seeks to state the following basic principles: that all state power ought to be exercised under the authority of law; and rules of law should govern the election and appointment of those who make and execute policy, as well as the manner in which such policies are made and executed to ensure rationality and fairness in the decision-making process. In addition, good governance must assure the equal participation of women with men in all processes of governance. Only complete equality between men and women in all legal, political, and social arrangements can create the proper conditions for human freedom and good governance. Establishment and protection of good governance whatever the case, it is agreed that good governance is above all a domestic issue and inadequate domestic policies have played a role in widening the gap between rich and poor and achieving good governance is a process which must come from within andsteps must be taken to support and recognize genuine initiatives to attain it. Transparency, good governance and development are closely linked and together they become a vehicle to improve the human condition. The promotion of good governance requires a determined campaign against corruption, which is one of the most concrete expressions of misadministration. The quality of the administration of a country’s resources is an essential factor that explains its development performances — good or bad. Good governance is the true test of democracy. A government, which administers scarce resources in accordance with the real needs of the population, must be fundamentally democratic.

    The political, judicial and intellectual elite must be benchmark and models of integrity. The political leadership must be genuinely determined to attack the problem of corruption and must demonstrate that determination. Good governance like democracy must not be allowed to become just another slogan – a false front to placate the providers of funds. Experience shows that it is unrealistic to hope to change things at the instigation of civil society alone. The essential first step is to influence public opinion and make decision-makers and the public at large aware of the devastating effects of misadministration. Underemployment, inadequate or sporadic employment and low wages continue to contribute to a high level of poverty in Iraq which in turn feed the militias and terrorists groups. We have to extricate ourselves from our backwardness by building a strong and democratic Iraq. Debates on national issues are healthy and should continue even after the national reconciliation. Different point of views should be respected. After all, “in a democracy dissent is an act of faith, like medicine, the taste of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.”

    Conclusion

    The success of efforts to improve governance, the respect of human rights and the rule of the law throughout Iraq will depend on the development and strengthening of institutions that underpin good governance, democracy and the rule of law. With respect to the current political process, these efforts cannot succeed unless economic conditions in Iraq improve and develop to a level where Iraq is able to develop and sustain the institutions necessary to promote governance, the protection of human rights and the rule of law. Good governance cannot flourish along side grinding poverty and weak state institutions.

    Dr. Widad Al-Ali,
    Executive Director
    Al-Yaqeen Centre for Training, Studies and Development

  62. jj says:

    Din Merican reported in his blog about this rude and arrogant Oxfart pretender who thinks he can just step into Permatang Pauh, Anwar’s hometown and declare “We’ve come to ‘bury’ Anwar”.
    http://bangmalaysia.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/let-us-bury-rude-and-arrogant-assholes-like-kj/#respond

    Oxfart teacher for dropouts.

  63. matt says:

    Don’t need to get angry as oxfart knows his days are numbered hence the rabid display.These boys better run but like they say you can run but you cannot hide.

  64. Edi神 says:

    we dont need anwar to be the next PM

    we need him for balance of power

    we need a big majority in Pematang to send a strong message to UMNO

  65. Kenny Gan says:

    Koh Tsu Koon and the MCA lackeys (aka the Ongs) should speak up and give their Umno masters a special thanks for being able to keep their Chinese names.

    “A few days after announcing the provision of scrap metal licences to Indian voters in Permatang Pauh, Najib enlightens the Chinese on how lucky they are to be in Malaysia and how privileged they are indeed to even retain their Chinese names!”
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88289

  66. […] you have time, do go over to Susan Loone’s blog and watch the video where former Gerakan leader, Dr. Toh Kin Woon shares why he has to leave […]

  67. jeanjeanblog says:

    This post was stolen from jeanjean.c.la !
    Nice job

  68. Amin says:

    BN component party leaders who are not bent on being servile to UMNO are gathering courage to speak their heart and ready to stand out to cry for justice. Dr Toh, Dr Tan and Dr Chua will soon be emulated by others.

  69. Koi says:

    In a bold declaration that is sure to raise more than eyebrows, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek described the current relationship between Umno and MCA as akin to that of a master and servant.

    The former MCA vice-president wrote this as part of a three-point reform agenda he insisted is “crucial” on his blog two days ago.

    “Chinese cannot accept Malay supremacy, only Malay leadership,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.

    In the blog post, he stated that in the Barisan Nasional alliance “every component partner should have equal rights, only then can MCA deliver the Chinese vote and stay competitive in the new political landscape.”

  70. Koi says:

    Najis gets Gold at All Limpics:

    Malaysian school teachers beat up Indian kids black-and-blue, call derogatory names
    Kuala Lumpur News.Net
    Friday 22nd August, 2008 (ANI)
    http://www.kualalumpurnews.net/story/397525

  71. kittykat46 says:

    Govt announces petrol price cut by 15 sen/ litre tonight midnight – 2 days after Bodowi said there wouldn’t be one yet.

    http://www1.malaysiakini.com/news/88353

    Wow ! UMNO is throwing in the kitchen sink, bathtub, toilet bowl , whatever it takes to beat Anwar – at any cost.

    You know, watching BN’s behaviour (what it does, not what it says) tells me Anwar’s September 16 plan is on – and the UMNO leadership knows it.

    Whether Anwar can successfully pull it off, we won’t know yet, but the primary step is Anwar has to win Permatang Pauh and get into the Dewan Rakyat. So its “Stop Anwar, whatever it takes”

  72. Koi says:

    UMNO education:

    KUALA LUMPUR: A 17-year-old schoolgirl has filed suit against a suspended policeman for allegedly raping and forcing her to perform oral sex on him over two months ago and has named the head of the police station and the Government as co-defendants.

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/8/22/nation/20080822150608&sec=nation

  73. Koi says:

    Petrol price reduced? Good for Anwar. Anwar said he will reduce 0.70 cent , but miser badawi only give 0.15 cent if not his son in scomi lose money.

  74. wits0 says:

    Not only a miserly 15 sen tokenism but one that reaffirms Dopey’s flip flopping. Yet another fulat-ing.

  75. hutchrun says:

    SEBERANG JAYA, Aug 4 — A few days after the government announced plans for a new petrol pricing mechanism beginning Sept 1, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pledged to reduce the current price by 70 sen if he is in power.

    Launching his pre-election campaign here, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader in his homecoming ceramah in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency said last night that price could be lowered due to falling global oil prices.

    “Three weeks ago 50 sen but now we can reduce it by 70 sen,” he told his supporters of the promise that he would fulfill should Barisan Nasional MPs cross over to his Pakatan Rakyat side.

    Anwar is now fully geared to contest in the constituency vacated by his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, also PKR president, to make way for him to return to Parliament. The Election Commission will decide nomination and polling dates this Wednesday.

    On July 15 at a televised debate with Information Minister, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Anwar promised to cut petrol price by 50 sen through financing from a RM5 billion fund generated from the independent power producers’ extra capacity as well as stopping leakages from corruption.

    ~malaysianinsider

  76. hutchrun says:

    Nothing really exceptional about the fuel reduction as the oil price is way below its peak and now around US$115 a barrel.
    What is remarkable is that the PM has been stating on TV that the price will only be reviewed on August 31st and not before the by-elections.

    It makes one wonder if such a person is worthy of our trust to safeguard our national interests.
    He should have waffled on “about when the time is right” etc and not answer the question directly – this way he loses what little credibilty he has.
    Posted by H J Angus
    http://malaysiawatch3.blogspot.com/2008/08/permatang-pauh-desperate-moves-to-get.html

  77. hutchrun says:

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian annual inflation soared to 8.5 percent in July, way above analyst forecasts for 7.8 percent in a Reuters poll, and sharply up from 7.7 percent in June.

    The July data was the steepest rise since 8.5 percent in December 1981 and the government also on Friday announced that the price of petrol will be cut to 2.50 ringgit per litre from 2.70 effective Aug. 23, a move which will dampen inflation.

    It was unpopular petrol price hikes in June and electricity price rises in July that catapulted inflation from 3.8 percent in May.
    ______________________________________________________________________

    So any reduction in electricity prices?

  78. sodoman says:

    Thank you, Sodoman!

    Thanks to the by-election, the price of fuel is being reduced after tonight midnight. In order to appease to the voters in Permatang Pauh, BN is willing to take a corruption-pay cut by reducing the fuel price for all Malaysians.

    With this, lets hope that Sodoman will be voted in with a higher majority and then, maybe, BN would be so desperate that they will reduce it further.

    It seems like a win-win situation. Vote Sodoman, if he forms new govt, price decrease. Vote Sodoman, if he does not form new govt, BN would be rakyat-phobic and would further reduce fuel prices. Whereas vote BN, they will increase the fuel price a few months down the road(it happens every single time)

    http://apkniah.blogspot.com/2008/08/thank-you-sodoman.html

  79. loo seow pek says:

    The ‘matador’ Dr Toh has wounded the BN bull, now, I hope he will go for the kill! Come over to PK be an adviser …. be a guidance with your experiences

    Looks like the koala bear in Australia doesn’t know what he is talking calling Dr Toh a matador ?? More like a mata sudah tidor!

  80. sodoman says:

    kekekeke UMNO is so desperate it is bending over:

    1. Cut petrol price
    2. Avril Lavinge concert is ON!
    http://chunwai08.blogspot.com/2008/08/avril-lavinge-concert-is-on.html

    Next:
    BN to be wound up

  81. sodoman says:

    kekekeke UMNO is so desperate it is bending over:

    1. Cut petrol price
    2. Avril Lavinge concert is ON!
    http://chunwai08.blogspot.com/2008/08/avril-lavinge-concert-is-on.html

  82. sodoman says:

    kekekeke UMNO is so desperate it is bending over:

    1. Cut petrol price
    2. Avril Lavinge concert is ON!
    chunwai08.blogspot.com/2008/08/avril-lavinge-concert-is-on.html

  83. habislah says:

    Barisan Nasional candidate Can’t even Pay EPF, How would he Take Care of Permatang Pauh Constituents
    http://malaysianindian1.blogspot.com/2008/08/barisan-nasional-candidate-cant-pay-epf.html

  84. choongs says:

    1. Oil price is now back to above $120.

    2. With the 8.5% inflation, semua rakyat sudah menjadi miskin lebih kurang 10%, sekelip mata.

    3. All the more reason why semua rakyat should send DSAI to parliament come Budget 2009 day, sebulat suara.

  85. habislah says:

    Barisan Nasional candidate Can’t even Pay EPF, How would he Take Care of Permatang Pauh Constituents

    Mpkapar team obtained copy of summon served to BN Canditate Dato Arif Shah’s family company. As a Director he is responsible for the wrongdoing of the management and company. His Brother already swindle out more then Rm 24 billion country’s money. What kind of Management is this?

    malaysianindian1.blogspot.com/2008/08/barisan-nasional-candidate-cant-pay-epf.html

  86. habislah says:

    This price change is clearly politically motivated. When they raised the petrol price in Malaysia by 41 per cent on 5 June, the price of Nymex Light Sweet Crude was around US$125 per barrel (on 4-5 June).

    The closing price yesterday was US$121 – not much different from then – and now they announce a cut of 5.6 per cent? Tell me it has nothing to do with Permatang Pauh.

    http://anilnetto.com/uncategorized/petrol-price-cut-a-sign-of-desperation/

  87. RKP says:

    Good job, Pakatan Rakyat, even before you move into Putrajaya,the petrol price is going down already. BN is scared to the max.. PR,you are really the choice of the people. We trust you. You really know how to apply pressure for them to surrender to your demands. Job well done!!

    More preassure coming BN’s way!!! Be ready to roll the drums……

  88. wits0 says:

    Desperados of PP flip flops overtime even with Avril Lavinge :
    http://chunwai08.blogspot.com/2008/08/avril-lavinge-concert-is-on.html

    Too litle, too late:
    Inflation hits a new 27-year high
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88358

  89. Menyalak-er says:

    While we are certainly humored by the 15sen reduction/lit of petrol and realize bumno’s desperation/cynicism, its something that can sway at least a few of the oblivious electorate in P.Pauh.
    It is time to hammer in the 50-70 sen reduction promise by DSAI.
    Its the margin of the win that counts now, not the fact of winning!
    Still hoping yg. not-so Arif, the failed spymaster and attempted fake Phd-er, EPFless loser, loose his deposit.

  90. For Pakatan's win says:

    Pakatan’s pressure worked on BN to reduce price of oil.

  91. don't be confused says:

    Rpk is the no:1 Malaysian in Bolehland. Rpk for pm. Mr. Dr. Toh, what have you done for the denizens in Bolehland?

    How many times have your home computers being confiscated by the illegal polis?

    Sigh! Only when they are in the descending sunset and in oblivious mode, then they want to join the people’s power!

    What have you been doing when the poor rakyat needed you most? Sigh! You are no hero when compared to rpk.

    Tabik to you Rpk. The 28 millions rakyat (minus sodomfool and 6 cartoons traitor zam) are behind you solidly!

    “One man justice can overpower a hundred evils.”

    一 正 壓 百 邪 Confucious

  92. Menyalak-er says:

    Hi, For Pakatan’s win, “..pressure on .. (cannot type-la) to reduce price of oil.”
    Definitely that too, but it may be ‘psychologically inadequate’ – its the cynicism that dopey is practicing! And it may seem that we are ‘crowing’…, it must be an integrated holistic assault – fire all barrels sort of thing.
    Thanks for the heads up.

  93. Dax Low says:

    The traits of the Malaysian politicians

    Link: http://www.kingsmary.blogspot.com/

  94. Magoo says:

    ALOR STAR: Kedah Gerakan Youth has echoed the call by Perak Gerakan for the party to pull out of Barisan Nasional.

    Its new Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said this was necessary if the coalition could not defend the rights of all races.
    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/8/23/nation/22154977&sec=nation

  95. rajes says:

    Gerakan no longer has any respect – Kayveas PPP got more respect than Gerakan which is living in a shadow world of ghosts. No life any more, all hungry ghosts like Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon.

  96. Feroz Merican says:

    Come on, Gerakan, pull out of Barisan now. What are you waiting for? A miracle brought about by cheating , vote buying and sabotage? A Coup D’etat? This is not Thailand or Indonesia or the Phillipines, the military can’t help . Let the MCA and MIC rot, but save your party and stop being so stubborn.

  97. jarod says:

    to kittykat46: Everyday those BN moron consume sleeping pills. That’s why they can sleep well. Please note: some are botak kepala… either scratch every night or think until hair also drop off. lol

  98. Phua Kai Lit says:

    Petrol price cut of 15 cents?
    Thank you, PM.

    But it is NOT ENOUGH!
    The citizens of Malaysia deserve the following:

    1. Rule of law. No more misuse and abuse of our political institutions
    for partisan political gain or to “fix” individuals
    2. The world economic situation is getting worse. A team of the best
    economists and financial experts in Malaysia needs to be formed to
    come up with plans to tackle the coming economic downturn
    3. No more self-inflicted wounds such as the massive increase in inflation
    in July because of the ill-conceived drastic hike in petrol prices (without
    compensating anti-inflation programmes and targeted programmes to
    help the poor who had to deal with the resulting inflation)
    4. No more promotion of racial division and religious chauvinism for
    short-term political gain
    5. etc. etc etc

  99. Anonymous says:

    Malaysians and Permatang Pauh people,

    BN people have taken the photo-copies of IC from Permatang Pauh people for various excuses. What Permatang Pauh people needs to do on 26 Aug 08:-

    1) Goto the polling station early in the morning. Don’t let anyone else have the opportunity to sneak in using photo-copies of ICs to vote, depriving your absolute right to vote.

    2) If there is any crook tries to use photo-copy of your IC to deprive your right to vote, report the case to:-
    a) Election Monitoring bodies
    b) SPR
    c) All medias (including internet medias like Susan Loone’s blog)
    d) Let the stakeholders know including BN and PKR etc…
    e) Police

    3) REMEMBER 26 Aug 08 is public holiday in Penang. Permatang Pauh people please exercise your duty to vote for a better Malaysia.

    4) Penangnites and Malaysians, please also do your duty to advise your friends and relatives in Permatang Pauh to vote for a better Malaysia.

    5) Use your conscience to vote. Vote for a better Malaysia. Reject Barang Naik& Barisan Najis government.

  100. Anonymous says:

    Permatang Pauh voters,

    Keadaan: BN bagi gula-gula.
    Jawapan: Ambil sahajalah. Wang rakyat tu.

    Keadaan: BN beri makanan percuma.
    Jawapan: Makan sahajalah. Wang rakyat tu.

    Keadaan: BN suruh kita pangkah BN dalam pilihanraya.
    Jawapan: Haha, tak usah pangkah BN. Siapa kita nak undi, kita punya
    pasal. Hak rakyat tu.

  101. Anti PKR says:

    All of you actually is idiots people, after the BN fund and sponsor your study [for some of you], earn a living in Malaysia then you are barking at the Government like an animal..donkey.Do you think you deserve to be be called Malaysian citizen…..? Do you think that man morally deserve to be sworn as PM..Ha..ha…ha…Get Lost….Gerakan can quit BN anytime..afterall there is no value to UMNO anymore..most or 100% chinese vote PKR during Permatang Pauh by election.

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