Gerakan Today VOL.1 2020

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Editorial Board 编辑部

Chairman’s Note Sdr. Koo Shiaw Lee

Publicity, Information & 宣传与新媒体局主任 Communication Chairman Koo Shiaw Lee 邱孝利 Editor 编辑 Audrey Oh 胡慧君 Andrew Chin 陈水源 Sub-Editors Srideran Tamil Mogan Tishan A/L Gunasegaran Tan Jia Qi Sasha Binti Asharuddin Kwan Li Ting

助编 斯里德兰 迪山 陈佳颀 莎莎 官丽婷

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Welcome to the first issue of Gerakan Today. I hope the new Gerakan Today will serve as a platform to build understanding and solidarity among comrades and let us be proud with Gerakan and continue committing to its wellbeing and future. Last but not least, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the members of editorial board of furnished the new Gerakan Today. Hope you all enjoy the reading.

Contents Mesej daripada Presiden

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GERAKAN Proudly Welcomes Sdr. YB Sivasubramaniam To The Big Family!

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Soal Jawab

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Mengenai Keputusan Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia Memberi Sokongan Kepada Kepimpinan Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Haji

Muhyiddin Bin Haji Mohd Yassin

Malaysia’s Combat Against COVID-19

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In Crisis, Stability Is Crucial

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GERAKAN’s Road To Revival

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Malaysia’s Philosophical Crisis The Need to Ask Difficult Questions

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Campaign “Satu Hati Lawan COVID-19”

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Solidarity with President

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Dr. Tishan Gunasegaran

Ms Ivlynn Yap Cheng Theng

Dr. Lau Zhe Wei

Dr. Sharifah Munirah Alatas


Mesej daripada PRESIDEN Saudara dan saudari yang dikasihi, Terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan salam sejahtera, berharap dalam masa yang agak mencabar ini, anda dan keluarga berada dalam keadaan sihat walafiat. Juga mengingatkan kalian semua untuk sentiasa berjaga-jaga dan kekal tinggal di rumah jika tiada sebarang urusan penting. Berhati-hati terutamanya dengan mereka yang lebih berusia dan berisiko terdedah dengan jangkitan penyakit. Saya percaya anda semua tahu, pengumuman sokongan terhadap kepimpinan Perdana Menteri, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang dibuat oleh Gerakan barubaru ini. Ia adalah bertujuan untuk melihat kestabilan ekonomi dan pembangunan negara kembali pulih dengan cepat. Malangnya, keputusan tersebut telah dikritik dan diselewengkan sehingga mendapat perhatian media. Malah platform media telah digunakan sebagai medan serangan politik terhadap parti, terutamanya serangan secara terbuka dan cubaan menggulingkan Presiden. Perbuatan ini telah memburukkan imej parti. Dengan kenyataan ini, saya berharap anda faham bahawa keputusan menyokong kepimpinan Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin adalah keputusan Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat dan ianya telah dibincang dan dipersetujui sebelum diumumkan. Kepimpinan parti percaya, dalam kesukaran melawan pandemik, negara telah menghadapi cabaran ekonomi yang agak serius. Oleh itu, tiada perkara yang lebih penting melainkan menstabilkan ekonomi dan mencegah

Sdr. Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai Presiden Nasional Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

kesannya kepada rakyat. Ditambah pula dengan konflik politik di antara parti kerajaan dan parti pembangkang. Ini semua tidak mendatangkan manfaat kepada rakyat. Sebagai parti yang profesional dan bertanggungjawab, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia sentiasa mengutamakan kepentingan rakyat dan negara sebagai matlamat utama. Saya faham, pada mulanya ramai yang tertawa dengan pendirian Gerakan. Ini kerana Gerakan tidak mempunyai sebarang kerusi dalam perwakilan dewan rakyat. Bahkan sokongan yang diberikan sebenarnya tidak memberi apaapa kesan terhadap keputusan keseluruhan. Tetapi ia tidak bermakna parti tiada pendirian dan perlu berdiam diri. Setelah pengumuman keputusan tersebut, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia telah bersidang secara atas talian bersama pemimpin jawatankuasa negeri dan akar umbi untuk menjelaskan keputusan tersebut. Kebanyakan mereka memahami dan menyokong. Malah 90% daripada mereka bersetuju dengan tindakan tersebut. Bagi mereka yang melabelkan Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia sebagai “lalang� kerana pernah menyokong Tun Mahathir pada awalnya dan kemudian menyokong Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, ia sebenarnya satu situasi yang berbeza. Saudara dan saudari harus faham bahawa parti tetap dengan pendiriannya, iaitu tidak kira Tun Mahathir mahupun Tan Sri Muhyiddin, sokongan dan hormat terhadap Perdana Menteri perlu ada dalam usahanya menjaga kesejahteraan rakyat dan kestabilan ekonomi. Bukankah ini prinsip dan pendirian yang dipegang oleh parti kita selama 52 tahun? Dalam masa yang sama, saya percaya mereka yang masih kekal setia bersama parti setelah 3 kekalahan pilihanraya adalah mereka yang sangat menyayangi parti. Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia sangat mengalu-alukan ahli parti yang ingin berkongsi pandangan dan pendapat tetapi harus menggunakan saluran yang betul untuk mengelakkan berlakunya kepincangan perpaduan dalam parti. Marilah bersatu hati, “bulat air kerana pembentung, bulat manusia kerana muafakat�. Saudara dan saudari, marilah bersama-sama berganding bahu. Saya percaya, selagi kita mempunyai satu matlamat, bersatu-padu, rajin dan gigih, kita pasti akan mencapai kecemerlangan! Satu Hati!

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Message by PRESIDENT

Dear Saudara and Saudari, First of all, I would like to wish everyone ‘Selamat Sejahtera’, hoping that in this challenging time you and your family are in good health. I would also like to remind all to always stay safe and stay at home if there are no important matters to deal with. Be careful, especially to those who are older and at greater risk of getting infectious disease. I believe all of you are aware of the recent announcement in the support of our Prime Minister’s leadership, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin which was made to witness the stability of the country’s economy and development recover quickly. However, this decision was criticized and condemned which caught the attention of the media. In fact, the media platform has been used as a field of political attacks against the party especially in the form of open attacks and the ouster of the President. These doings had tarnished the image of the party. With this message, I hope everyone will be able to understand the decision to support the leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was the decision made by the Central Committee and it was discussed and agreed upon before the announcement. The party leadership believes that, in the struggle against the pandemic, the country has faced severe economic blow. Therefore, nothing is more important than economic stability and preventing its effect on the public. In addition to this, there are also political conflicts between the ruling government and opposition. This does not bring any benefit to the rakyat. As a professional and responsible party towards rakyat and the nation, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia always prioritizes the interests of the people and the country as its ultimate objective. I understand, at first, many laughed at Gerakan’s stand. This is because Gerakan does not have any seats in the House of Representatives. Even the support provided does not really have any effect on the overall decision.

தலைவரின் செய்தி சக�ோதர சக�ோதரிகளே,

But that does not mean the party has no stand and must remain silent. Following the announcement of the decision, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia met online via a conference call along with State Committees and grassroots leaders to explain the justifications for these decisions. Most of the leaders understood and supported. In fact, 90% of them agreed upon this decision. For those who labelled Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia as ‘lalang’ for initially supporting Tun Mahathir and later supporting Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, this is actually a completely different situation. Saudara and saudari have to understand that the party remains on the stand that whether it is Tun Mahathir or Tan Sri Muhyiddin, support and respect for the Prime Minister is essential in his/ her quest for the well-being of the people and economic stability. Isn’t this the principle and stand that our party has held for 52 years? At the same time, I believe those who have remained loyal to the party after the 3 losses in the general election are the ones who really love the party. Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia welcomes party members who want to share their views and opinions but should use the right channels to avoid any possible dissociation within the party. Let us all be united, “bulat air kerana pembentung, bulat manusia kerana muafakat “. Saudara dan saudari, let us work together. I believe that as long as we have one goal, be united, be diligent and persistent, we will definitely create excellence! Satu Hati! Sdr. Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai Presiden Nasional Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

டத்தோ டாக்டர் ட�ோமினிக் லாவ் ஹ�ோ சாய் தேசிய தலைவர் கெராக்கான் ராக்யாட் மலேசிய கட்சி

ச�ோதனைமிகுந்த இக்கால கட்டத்தில் தாங்களும் தங்கள் குடும்பத்தினரும் நலமுடன் இருக்க வேண்டும்.. அவசியமான அலுவல் இருந்தால் மட்டுமே வெளியே செல்ல வேண்டும். இதர வேளைகளில் வீட்டில் பாதுகாப்பாக இருக்க வேண்டும். குறிப்பாக வயது முதிர்ந்தவர்களும் ந�ோய் தாக்குவதற்கான சாத்தியம் உள்ளவர்களும் மேலும் பாதுகாப்பாக இருப்பது அவசியம்.

இதனிடையே, நீங்கள் அனைவரும் அறிந்திருப்பது ப�ோல் நாட்டின் ப�ொருளாதாரம் மீண்டும் சீரடைவத�ோடு விரைவாக மேம்பாடு காண வேண்டும் என்ற ந�ோக்கத்திற்காகவே பிரதமர் டான் ஸ்ரீ முகைதின் யாசின் தலைமைத்துவத்திற்கு கெராக்கான் ஆதரவு தெரிவித்தது. ஆனால், இந்த நிலைப்பாடு குறித்த பல்வேறு குற்றச்சாட்டுகள் ஊடகங்களின் கவனத்தை ஈர்த்தன. கட்சியை அரசியல் ரீதியாகத் தாக்குவதற்கு ஊடகத்தைப் பயன்படுத்துகின்றனர். கட்சியின் தலைவரைக் கவிழ்க்கும் இம்முயற்சி கட்சியின் த�ோற்றத்தைக் களங்கப்படுத்தும் .

டான் ஸ்ரீ முகைதி யாசினின் தலைமைத்துவத்திற்கு கட்சி தெரிவித்த ஆதரவானது கட்சியின் மத்திய செயற்குழுவால் விவாதித்து எடுக்கப்பட்ட ஒரு முடிவாகும் என்பதை இந்த அறிக்கையை வாசிக்கும் அனைவரும் புரிந்து க�ொள்வர் என்று நான் எதிர்பார்க்கிறேன். க�ோவிட் -19 உயிர்க் க�ொல்லி த�ொற்று காரணமாக நாட்டின் ப�ொருளாதாரம் பெருமளவு பாதித்துள்ளதை

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党主席信息

尊敬的党同志, 首先我要祝您好,希望在这段抗疫期间,您和亲人的身体都 安好,也提醒您,在有事外出时必须做好防疫措施,如果没 有要紧事务,就尽量待在家里,尤其是上了年纪的老同志, 更加要好好照顾健康。 相信您也知道,我党最近公开宣布支持首相丹斯里慕尤丁 的领导。这是基于希望国家政治稳定及国家经济可以快速恢 复,但是遗憾的是这项决定在经过媒体报道及一些别有用心 人士的扭曲和主观诠释后,遭到了不明真相人士的批评,还 有人趁势发难,利用大众媒体平台对党做出毫无根椐及不符 合事实的恶意攻击,甚至有党员公开喊话丶发动倒主席行 动,严重伤害党的形象。 今天,我希望通过这信息,向您说明,我党支持首相丹斯里 慕尤丁的决定是在经过党中央工作委员会和中央委员会多番 深入讨论后,获得一众中委一致同意所做出的集体决定,并 非一个人的决定。

同志,民政党之所以高调宣布支持首相慕尤丁领导,就是要 让人民知道民政党的立场,我们要让人民看清楚那些拥有几 十个议席的政党,在为政权打生打死的时候,谁才是真正以 大局为重丶以百姓之心为依归的政党。 在做出上述宣布后,党领导层也通过视讯会议与各州联委会 及基层领袖进行了交流,并清楚解释了党做出这项决定的原 因,而且也获得超过90%的党员支持。 对于那些人说民政党是“墙头草”,之前说支持敦马哈迪任 首相,现在又支持丹斯里慕尤丁,毫无原则和立场,党领导 层也必须澄清,事实上,情况正好相反。不管是之前支持敦 马还是现在支持慕尤丁,我党的出发点和目的都是一致的, 即尊重首相,支持稳定国家政局。因为唯有这样,才能改善 国家经济状况,推进国家发展议程,刺激经济成长。难道这 不是我党52年来所倡导和努力推动的吗?

党领导层认为,此时国家正面对内忧外患,在面对新冠肺炎 疫情的重大打击之下,没有什么比重启国家经济及保障人民 的健康与生计来得更加重要,再加上目前朝野政党之间对政 权展开的明争暗斗,这些行动不会对人民带来任何好处。而 民政党作为一个负责任和专业的政党此时必须以大局为重, 做出有利于人民和国家的决定,这完全符合民政党一直秉持 以国家与人民利益为优先的原则。

同志,我相信在经历了三届大选的失利之后,现在还留在党 内的党员都是真正爱党的同志。党领导层随时欢迎各位同志 通过正确的管道,对内表达意见,以建设代替破坏。

我知道,外头有很多人都在取笑民政党不自量力,因为民 政党连一个国议席都没有,不管支持谁都无法影响大局。不 过,没有议席不等同我们必须事事保持缄默,不等于我们不 能有立场。

Satu Hati!

所谓万众一心,其利断金!同志,让我们携手并进。我相 信,只要我们的目标一致,只要我们团结丶努力与坚持,我 们一定能再次为党创造辉煌!

刘华才博士同志 民政党全国主席

கருத்தில் க�ொண்டுள்ளது. எனவே ப�ொருளாதாரத்தை மேம்படுத்துவத�ோடு அதனால் மக்கள் பாதிக்கப்படுவதைத் தவிர்ப்பதே கட்சியின் பிரதான ந�ோக்கமாகும். இந்நிலையில் ஆளும் கூட்டணிக்கும் எதிர்கட்சிகளுக்கும் இடையே அரசியல் முரண்பாடு நிலவியுள்ளது. இவற்றால் மக்களுக்கு எந்தவ�ொரு பலனும் கிடையாது. ப�ொறுப்பான ஒரு நிபுணத்துவ கட்சி என்ற முறையில் இது மக்கள் மற்றும் நாட்டின் நலனுக்கு முக்கியத்துவம் அளிக்கிறது.

கட்சியின் இந்த நிலைப்பாட்டைக் கண்டு பலர் எள்ளி நகையாடியதை நான் அறிவேன். ஏனெனில், கட்சிக்கு நாடாளுமன்றத்தில் எந்தவ�ொரு பிரதிநிதித்துவமும் இல்லை என்பதே இந்த நகைப்புக்குக் காரணம். எனவே, டான் ஸ்ரீ முகைதினின் தலைமைத்துவத்திற்கு கட்சி தெரிவித்த ஆதரவானது கட்சியின் மத்திய செயற்குழுவினால் விவாதித்து எடுக்கப்பட்ட ஒரு முடிவாகும். கட்சியின் இந்த நிலைப்பாடு அதன் ஒட்டும�ொத்த முடிவுக்கு எந்தவ�ொரு தாக்கத்தையும் ஏற்படுத்தாது என்று சிலர் கருதுகின்றனர். ஆயினும். இந்த தரப்பினரின் கேலிப் பேச்சுக்கு அஞ்சி கட்சி எதுவும் செய்யாமல் வெறுமனே இருக்காது.

கட்சியின் நிலைப்பாடு குறித்த அறிவிப்புக்குப் பின்னர் அது பற்றி மத்திய செயற்குழுவிற்கும் அடிமட்ட உறுப்பினர்களுக்கும் விளக்கம் அளிக்கப்பட்டது. அவர்களில் பெரும்பால�ோர் அதனைப் புரிந்து க�ொண்டனர். கட்சியின் நடவடிக்கைக்கு 90 விழுக்காட்டினர் ஆதரவு தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

முதலில் துன் மகாதீருக்கு ஆதரவு தெரிவித்த கெராக்கான் இப்போது டான் ஸ்ரீ முகைதின் யாசினுக்கு ஆதரவு அளிப்பதால் இக்கட்சி ஒரு நிலையான க�ொள்கை இல்லாத காற்றடிக்கும் திசையில் சாயும் நாணல் (லாலாங்) என்று சிலர் கூறுகின்றனர். இவர்கள் முதலில் ஒரு விஷயத்தைப் புரிந்து க�ொள்ள வேண்டும். இது இரு வெவ்வேறு சூழ்நிலைகளாகும். துன் மகாதீரா, டான் ஸ்ரீ முகைதினா என்பது இங்கு முக்கியமல்ல. நாட்டின் வளப்பத்தையும் ப�ொருளாதார நிலைத்தன்மையையும் பாதுகாக்க பிரதமருக்கு ஆதரவாக இருப்பது கடந்த 52 ஆண்டு காலமாக கட்சி க�ொண்டுள்ள க�ொள்கை மற்றும் நிலைப்பாடாகும்.

அதே வேளையில், கடந்த 3 ப�ொதுத் தேர்தல்களில் கட்சி த�ோல்வி அடைந்த ப�ோதிலும் சிலர் கட்சிக்குத் த�ொடர்ந்து விசுவாசமாக உள்ளனர். இவர்கள் கட்சியை உண்மையாக நேசிப்பவர்கள் என்று அவர் ச�ொன்னார். கட்சியின் நிலைப்பாடு குறித்து அதன் உறுப்பினர்கள் கருத்து தெரிவிப்பதை கெராக்கான் வரவேற்கிறது. ஆனால், அது முறையான வழியில் தெரிவிக்கப்படுவது அவசியம். ஒற்றுமையே பலம் என்பதற்கு ஏற்ப கட்சி உறுப்பினர்கள் அனைவரும் ஒருமித்த கருத்தோடு செயல்பட வேண்டும். கட்சியின் இலக்கை ந�ோக்கி ஒற்றுமையாக, உற்சாகத்தோடு உழைத்தால் வெற்றி நிச்சயம். ஒரே மனது!

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GERAKAN Proudly Welcomes Sdr. YB Sivasubramaniam To The Big Family! With great joy and pleasure, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia officially welcome YB Sivasubramaniam, Member of the Perak Legislative Assembly for Buntong as a party member on the June 26th 2020 at Wisma Gerakan, Perak. YB Sivasubramaniam left DAP in March after being with them for nearly 23 years since 1997. Sdr YB Sivasubramaniam affirmed that Gerakan is one big family, not a race-centered party and the party that is formed from a ground of intellectual leadership. He also added that his commitment to the people of Buntong is strong and reaffirms his undivided support to the Menteri Besar of Perak and Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s government. In March 2020, YB Sivasubramaniam declared himself as an independent lawmaker along with two others by quitting from DAP. He stated that the reason for this huge move was due to the weak democracy in the party. Moreover, he added that DAP claims to be a multi-racial party but the reality is too bitter to tell which has led him to having a bad experience within the party. He added that the 22 months under the ruling of Pakatan Harapan was truly disappointing and he believes strongly in the Perikatan Nasional government. YB Sivasubramaniam said that quitting from DAP of course was for the best interest and welfare of the people in Buntong and now joining Gerakan would allow him to fight for his constituents better. In addition, Sdr YB Sivasubramaniam also mentioned that nearly 600 members from 21 DAP branches in Buntong will be joining Gerakan as members along with him.

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Name

YB Tuan. Sivasubramaniam A/L Athinarayanan

Date of Birth

28/11/1966

Constituency

ADUN Buntong, Perak (N30)

Duration

3 terms since 2008 till now

Previously held position

1) Ahli Lembaga Pengarah Perumahan dan Hartanah (Negeri Perak) – from 2018 till March 2020 2) Supervisor (Muara Teliti SDN. BHD.) – 1998

Education

1) MBA – Open University Malaysia, Ipoh 2) Methodist High School, Ipoh

According to Sdr Dr. Dominic Lau, Sdr YB Sivasubramaniam’s admission to Gerakan will give voters strong confidence heading towards the next general election. “Gerakan will continue to strengthen its election machinery ahead of a snap poll that may be announced anytime soon”, he said. Sdr Dr. Dominic Lau also expressed that the integrity and struggle of the party that have been practiced will bring in success for Gerakan. Sdr Dr. Dominic Lau proudly welcomed Sdr YB Sivasubramaniam as he mentioned that Sdr YB Sivasubrmaniam made the right choice of joining Gerakan after having considered other options. Sdr YB Sivasubramaniam has a very good service track record and plans to continue his work under the flagship of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia as he staunchly believes in the ideology of the party and its commitment towards the people of the nation. He added that Gerakan would serve as a new platform for him to fulfill people’s aspiration which was not able to be delivered by DAP.

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1.

Mengapa Parti Gerakan membuat keputusan untuk memberi sokongan kepada kepimpinan YAB Perdana Menteri?

3. Adakah Par

Perikatan Nasio GPS, GBS dan Be Pedaftaran Pertub

Gerakan menghormati keputusan DYMM SPB Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, melaksanakan budi bicara Baginda di bawah perkara 43(2)(a) Perlembagaan Persekutuan dalam melantik Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia ke-8. Selain itu, impak penularan wabak Covid-19 telah melemahkan keadaan ekonomi negara. Oleh itu, Gerakan lebih menitikberatkan kestabilan politik agar kebajikan rakyat diutamakan berbanding propaganda politik yang tidak memberi manfaat kepada rakyat. Justeru, Gerakan telah melalui mesyuarat Kepimpinan Pusat dengan sebulat suara telah membuat keputusan bagi memberi sokongan ke atas kepimpinan YAB Perdana Menteri sehingga pembubaran parlimen pada PRU-15.

Gerakan berp langsung dengan

4. Adakah

Pa Kerajaan?

Gerakan berpe untuk menentukan YAB Perdana Men

Di samping itu, YAB Perdana Menteri telah mempamerkan daya kepimpinan yang tinggi khususnya dalam usaha memerangi penularan wabak Covid-19 demi kesejahteraan rakyat.

2. Mengapakah Parti Gerakan pernah

sekali menentang pembentukan kerajaan pintu belakang? Pada asalnya, Pakatan Harapan telah mendapat mandat daripada rakyat untuk membentuk Kerajaan Persekutuan. Namun perpecahan politik dalaman Pakatan Harapan telah mengakibatkan kerajaan Pakatan Harapan runtuh lalu memberi kesan negatif kepada perkembangan ekonomi serta kestabilan politik. Pada masa tersebut, Gerakan menyeru agar parlimen dibubarkan bagi mendapatkan mandat yang baru daripada rakyat melalui PRU-15. Namun pembubaran parlimen adalah tidak sesuai dalam masa genting ini kerana penularan wabak Covid-19. Ini bukan sahaja menjadi penghalang utama, sekiranya penularan wabak ini berterusan dan berleluasa, ia mampu melumpuhkan ekonomi dan pembangunan negara. Dengan itu, Gerakan bersetuju dan bersedia untuk bekerjasama dengan kerajaan dibawah kepimpinan YAB Perdana Menteri dalam membendung isu ini demi kesejahteraan rakyat.

5. 民政党提供了哪些管道让党员发表

看法?

民政党欢迎党员们通过现有的内部管道提出问题、 意见和看法。 党员可以联络党总部和各州党办事处,提供意见和 看法。所有关于党总部和各州党办事处的联络资料, 包括电话、电邮、地址等,都可以在党的官方网站和 社交媒体平台找到。

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Bagi pihak Pa dan sebagainya s sebarang perlanti

Soal Jawab Mengenai Keputusan P Malaysia Memberi Kepimpinan Perdana Me

Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin B

民政党

马来西亚

丹斯里慕尤丁的问答录

4. 民政党会否获得任何公职? 民政党认为,这是属于首相的决定。首相有权任命某 人担任公职。我们相信首相在这方面的智慧。首相目前在 国会下议院中并没有任何民选议员,所以没有任何官职。 站在民政党的立场,我们将一如既往的提出各项建 议、倡议和看法等,要求政府给予关注。我们也不会拒绝 代表人民出任公职。


rti Gerakan akan menyertai Perikatan Nasional?

onal merupakan satu kerjasama yang tidak rasmi antara Barisan Nasional, PAS, ersatu. PN belum didaftarkan sebagai suatu entiti yang sah dibawah Jabatan buhan (ROS).

pendapat adalah terlalu awal untuk menyatakan penglibatan parti secara urusan PN. Namun, kami menyokong penuh kepimpinan YAB Perdana Menteri.

arti Gerakan akan mendapat jawatan dalam

endapat bahawa perkara ini adalah di bawah budi bicara YAB Perdana Menteri nnya. Kuasa untuk melantik seseorang ke jawatan pemerintahan dimiliki oleh nteri. Beliau lebih arif dalam perkara ini.

arti Gerakan, kita akan, seperti biasa membawa cadangan, usul, pandangan secara konstruktif untuk perhatian kerajaan. Juga, kita tidak akan menidakkan ikan wakil rakyat parti dalam kerajaan.

Parti Gerakan Rakyat Sokongan Kepada enteri Malaysia

Bin Haji Mohd Yassin

亚首相

1.

5. Adakah

Parti Gerakan telah mempertimbangkan beberapa platform untuk ahli parti bersuara pendapat mereka? Parti Gerakan sangat mengalu-alukan ahli parti untuk mengajukan soalan, pendapat dan pandangan menerusi saluran dalaman yang disediakan. Ahli parti boleh menghubungi Ibu Pejabat Parti dan Pejabat Parti Negeri untuk berkongsi pendapat dan pandangan mereka. Segala maklumat tentang Ibu Pejabat Parti dan Pejabat Parti Negeri, seperti nombor talian telefon, emel, alamat dan sebagainya, boleh didapat secara terus daripada portal rasmi parti dan media sosial.

为什么民政党决定支持首相的领导? 民政党尊重国家元首行使陛下的权力,依椐联邦宪法 第43(2)(a)条文,做出委任丹斯里慕尤丁为马来西亚第8任 首相的决定。 此外,新冠肺炎疫情已经对国家经济造成打击,因 此,民政党认为,更应该关注国家政治稳定,优先照顾人 民福祉,而不是吧焦点放在政治内斗或换政府。因为这样 的行为不会为人民带来任何好处。 因此,民政党中央委员会一致决定,全力支持首相的 领导,直到第15届全国大选国会解散。 此外,首相经已展现了高度的领导能力,尤其是在新 冠肺炎疫情爆发期间,他为了保护人民安全,果断实施了 各种抗疫措施。

录 3. 民政党是否会加入国民联盟? 国民联盟是国阵、伊斯兰党、砂拉越政党联盟(GPS)、 沙巴团结党(GBS),以及沙巴立新党和土著团结党合作组 成的一个非正式联盟。国盟还没有向社团注册局申请注册 成为一个正式的政党联盟。 民政党认为,目前讨论是否会加入国盟还言之过早。 无论如何,我们全力支持首相的领导。

2. 为什么民政党过去反对“后门政府”? 希望联盟最初获得人民的委托成立中央政府,但是却 因为内斗而导致希盟政府倒台,并对国家经济和政局稳定 造成负面影响。当时,民政党认为应该还政于民,举行第 15届全国大选,让人民通过选票去选出新政府。但是过后 新冠肺炎疫情爆发,在这个时候举行大选是不合适的。疫 情是主要原因,万一疫情因此扩散及爆发,国家经济和发 展将被摧毁。 因此,为了人民福祉,民政党将在首相的领导下,与 政府合作,一起对抗疫情,振兴国家经济。 Gerakan Today 9


Malaysia’s Combat Against COVID-19 Dr. Tishan Gunasegaran

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he COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll gradually unleashing chaos in the world including Malaysia. Governments and international organizations are scrambling in managing and containing this virus from transmitting further. Malaysia deserves greater acknowledgement for being a significant example for countries that have uncertain borders, versatile and vulnerable populaces, dense living conditions and less than perfect political circumstances. Malaysia first reared the virus on the 25th January 2020 that infected three individuals who got into contact with an infected person from our neighbouring country, Singapore. Following this incident, the number of cases that were confirmed began to soar. The second wave of infection that caused the number to escalate was following the event organized by the Tablighi Jama’at that was said to be attended by over 16,000 people from all over the continent. The cases surged from 99 to a whopping of more than 200 in less than a week. The first death of the country from this pandemic was in fact an attendee of this tabligh event that was held in Kuala Lumpur. The significant jump in active cases led to the announcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on the 18th of March that contained various restrictions that only allowed essential services to function. This order witnessed and enabled the curve flattening of infection. Based on the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER), the estimated cases to increase were at a rate of 12.5% but the actual increase only at 7.5%. To complement that, the government has announced a total RM295billion of economic stimulus to deal with the economy downfall along with COVID-19. A package worth RM20billion was first announced to empower the tourism and other sectors in the country to deal with the effect of the pandemic. 10 Gerakan Today

The second economic stimulus package called ‘Pakej Rangsangan Ekonomi Prihatin Rakyat’ worth RM230billion was further announced from the previous package to assist families and business entities affected. On the 6th of April, the Prime Minister announced a special stimulus package for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) worth RM10billion to mitigate the impact of MCO that account for two thirds of the country’s manpower that contribute 40% to the economy. Following that, a Short Term Economic Recovery Plan called “Penjana” was announced to alleviate the effect of this pandemic that included allocation for unemployment, Wage Subsidy Programme, e-vouchers and many more. The quick and firm move into lockdown from the 18th of March has been the most vital and critical to restricting the spread of the virus. Though the authorities were criticized for the uncertainty made by the sudden move, fine-tuning subtle elements beneath lockdown was safer than delaying it. Conveying the reality of the circumstances has empowered participation among people on social distancing and hygiene measures. Just like every nation handling this crisis, Malaysia has been learning on the fly and its dealing has not always hit the correct notes. However, its firm priority on health shows up to have smothered the episode but has yet been dubious within the mounting face and persistent economic retardation. While the sufficiency of economic assistance requires further appraisal, Malaysia’s response to the health crisis merits credit for constraining the spread of the infection and lessening avoidable deaths. Its efficacy in the absence of critical gains and extensive resources offers direction for developing nations at complacency risk. During this uncertain period, we will have to adapt to the ‘new normal’ with a fresh way of living and interacting while bearing in mind that this fresh normal will also keep changing.


Tourism impact Visit Malaysia 2020 was set in motion as the advertising drive for the tourism sector which was expected to surge like never before and was unfortunately cancelled in line with the impact of this pandemic. ASEAN countries alone were expecting around 30million tourists. However, this pandemic has put a restrain on all of these especially the more than 3.5million employees in the industry. The entry ban to Malaysia has led to many hotels struggling to pull through. Tourism and travel are crucial contributors to the economy of Malaysia and are one of the most affected sectors by this pandemic. The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture will have to re-strategize their plan to boost its recovery post-pandemic.

Social impact This pandemic has affected all segments of the population and particularly dangerous to people of social groups that are vulnerable namely those living in poverty, elderly, persons with disabilities, youths and the indigenous. In Malaysia, the homeless were highly in risk of getting exposed as they do not have a safe shelter in place. Furthermore, this pandemic has also unfolded increase in inequality, exclusion, social discrimination and unemployment. According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the unemployment rate in the 1st quarter of 2020 was 3.5% and is expected to rise up to 5.5% this year. The quick resumption of the economy is vital here to ensure financial flows that will create more jobs to curb unemployment. Moreover, mental health issues have taken a toll on many individuals especially during the lockdown.

Education Impact COVID-19 has unfolded various inequalities the most in education due to close down of school and educational institutions. It has disproportionately brought impact on those who have lack of access to technology and internet accessibility which indirectly limits the progress of education. Not only that, it also affects parents with limited education and sources of income who may struggle to accommodate and support distance learning. On the contrary, the pandemic has also led to the postponement of major public examinations due to the need for proper hygiene measures and SOPs.

Healthcare Impact

The healthcare system definitely faced a massive burden especially having to tackle both the pandemic and ongoing chronic diseases. It has led to delayed clinical appointments and surgeries to avoid risk of getting infected. The Ministry of Health also faced a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and burden of costs while having to face and maintain the surveillance of disease clusters and tracking treatment plans. Private hospitals especially reported the drop of inpatient treatments approximately to 80% leading to the reduction in profit and revenue. In addition, hospitals have to deal with increased burnout rates and mental health issues among healthcare workers during this crisis. Gerakan Today 11


Trade and Economic Impact With the closing of borders in neighbouring countries, the supply chain flow has been affected severely that led to disturbance in the industrial performance. China and Singapore being the largest trading partners of our country are managing with deterioration that this virus has caused to their nation’s economy. Imports and exports are the highest from China which directly means that interruption in any of the operations with China will impact the domestic business that are influenced on China resources and materials. The economic development of Malaysia has moderated down to 4.3% in 2019 below the normal average of 5.4% and is expected to further descend from the direct impacts of COVID-19.The World Bank has reduced the GDP growth rate of Malaysia from 4.5% to -0.1% for this year taking into consideration the slower development owing to COVID-19. Recently, the World Bank has stated that Malaysia’s economy can only be expected to be on the recovery path from year end and return to growth in 2021.

IN CRISIS, STABILITY IS CRUCIAL

I

read with deep concern on the political development in our country. I would like to express my concerns as a professional in crisis communications management. Any attempt to destabilize the government of the day will have dire consequences more so when the country has not gotten ourselves safely out from the current Covid-19 pandemic. As I see it, we have just entered the Recovery phase. In crisis situation, stability, sensibility and calm are important. The current Covid-19 pandemic crisis is unprecedented. I repeat, unprecedented. The fact of the matter is, in 1997/1998 financial crisis, only Asia was affected. In 2008 financial crisis only US & Europe were affected. The health of the population in these regions were not gravely impacted then.

Ms. Ivlynn Yap Cheng Theng Crisis Communication Lead Counsel Founder Of Citrine One Sdn Bhd

This time, however, we have to face both crises, health (lives) and livelihood. At the same time, the impact is global and far reaching, impacting almost all countries in the world. The current Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister, though is not perfect, and one which some do not approve of, there is legality in its formation and approved by our honourable Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-pertuan Agong. The spread of Covid-19 arguably, became intensified following the Tabligh cluster, the event of which happened on 29 February to 3 March, 2020 before the PN government was formed. As the country

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was already facing the pandemic in early February, albeit at an early stage then, do we also point the finger at PH government which approved the mass congregation of the Tabligh event, prior to the “Sheraton Move”? No one could predict that level of intensity and the danger of the spread then, hence, no one should be blamed. As a crisis evolves, it is utmost important to focus on the resolve and prioritize actions. The crisis situation has been assessed and responded with actions taken to safeguard the lives of Malaysians, which was the priority when the MCO started on 18 March, 2020. With the spread of Covid-19 showing signs of containment and control, we can now move on to recovering the economy, hence, businesses are back in operation. The ‘Sheraton Move’ was indeed unprecedented too. No one likes it. But what has been done, had been done. It is indeed an expensive lesson to learn. So, why do we want another move which will destabilize the country once more and waste the good effort that the country and us, its people, especially our health and security frontliners, have made thus far? It is very crucial for the country, as we enter the recovery stage to have a stable government. The country CANNOT afford to have another ‘Move’ whatsoever until we reach some level of stability and calm in terms of safeguarding lives and livelihood amongst the general public. As in any government, there are always room to improve. All governments of the day, have their strengths, weaknesses and flaws. Let’s look at some positive actions and results the country and us, the citizens have accomplished thus far to lessen the impact from Covid-19 on our lives and livelihood.

From business and economic perspective : 1)

Reinstate relationship and amended ties with India to buy Malaysia’s palm oil. This has regained the livelihood of approximately 112,000 palm oil FELDA settlers. Malaysia is India’s 10th largest trading nation with US$1.8 billion revenue from the sale of palm oil alone to India. Malaysia’s trade surplus with India is US$5 billion.

2)

Bursa Malaysia KLCI is on a rally, albeit on a cautionary note. Moving up from 1382.310 points since CMCO started on 9th May, 2020 and 1451.730 points till, 27 May, 2020. An increase of 69.42 points.

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Bank Negara announced lower basis lending rates (BLR) to spur spending to kick start our economy again. For the economy to move, government and the people need to spend to ensure enough liquidity in the marketplace. As it is, most businesses and even restaurants and shopping malls have begun to re-open albeit within the SOP to contain the spread of Covid-19.

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Malaysia is currently the world’s largest source of medical gloves, with a market share of about 65%. In 2019, Malaysia exported about 182 billion glove pieces, accounting for US$4.31 billion in revenue. This year, according to the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA), the figure could go as high as 240 billion pieces. All glove producers have seen uncharted increase in their share prices and they are investing and expanding further their capacities in land, factories, facilities and workforce to meet increasing global demand. This is an income for the country to partially substitute the losses in industries such as travel, tourism, air transportation as well as the oil and gas industry.

5)

Hotels turned into quarantine centers giving the hotel industry some lifeline as tourism is halted.

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From health perspective : 1) Malaysia’s Covid-19 recovery rate is close to 80% one of the highest in the world. Malaysia’s recovery rate of 80% is also much higher than the global average of around 41%. 2)

As of 15 May, 2020, Malaysia has tested close to 425,000 individuals, among the highest number of Covid-19 screenings in ASEAN. Of the total, 6,855 tested positive for the virus, which equates to a positive rate of 1.62 per cent.

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Covid-19 related death cases on 27 May, 2020 is 115/7,619 positive cases, equivalent to 1.5%, lower than WHO official estimated fatality rates of 3.4%. Other countries are reporting averages of between 4.6% and 5.6%.

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Malaysia has ramped up its testing capacity and capability. Around 45 labs equipped for Covid-19 tests, which translates to a daily testing capacity of 26,673 at the moment.

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Transformed the exhibition halls of the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (Maeps) into a gigantic temporary makeshift hospital for Covid-19 patients for the purpose of quarantine and treatment for low-risk patients in the country. This makeshift hospital can house up to a maximum of 604 patients.

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‘Test, Test, Test’ – slogan. The pandemic has brought Malaysians closer together – from government and frontliners, to activists and the public – in the war against the COVID-19 virus.

No doubt there are impending bankruptcies, foreclosures, unemployment and many more challenges that the country will have to deal with in the next 12 to 18 months. But any form of recovery (be it social, health or economic) will take some time while we need to constantly be on guard to contain the spread of Covid-19. The need to strike a balance between safeguarding lives versus safeguarding livelihood is not an easy task. This is what we need to focus on for now and not politics! All of us, Malaysians, must come together as one nation (more so Members of Parliament from both side of the political divide) to see this through instead of jostling for power at such crucial time. By Ivlynn Yap is the Founder, Managing Director & Crisis Communications Lead Counsel of Citrine One, an 18year old, marketing communications and PR agency. She is also a coach and trainer on crisis communications management to top level management (CXOs) executives and senior communications executives of corporate and public listed companies. She has also been invited as a speaker at the upcoming International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference 2020 from 14 – 17 June.

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GERAKAN ’s Road To Revival

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n the recent Gerakan Coffee Talk, Dr Lau Zhe Wei who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science of International Islamic University Malaysia was invited as a speaker as he is a fount of knowledge especially in the field of politics. He had previously discussed and written an article on the future and development of Gerakan in the political domain of Malaysia. Following the 2008 General Election (GE), the political power and results of Gerakan was deemed terrifying. Although Penang was the main hub for Gerakan, the GE results made Gerakan suffer a severe electoral defeat. It led to the loss of the state government in Penang after governing for 39 years. According to Dr Lau, no matter how bad the situation was Gerakan, Barisan Nasional (BN) was still ruling the federal government and in terms of political composition, there were not many changes as all resources were readily available as previously. The loss of federal power by BN in GE14 has steered issues in terms of resource allocation in many component parties. They were left with only ruling Perlis and Pahang where resources were not sufficient to accommodate the needs which brought in a question on their survival. Subsequently after GE14, Gerakan was left with only three options which was to either join PakatanHarapan coalition, remain in BN or to declare as an independent party. He added that of course every move comes with its own challenges and effects. Joining hands with PakatanHarapan would not be an ideal solution and feasible as it sounds because the composition Democratic Action Party (DAP) in terms of political position hierarchy is similar to that of Gerakan which is multi-ethnic but mostly Chinese. Dr Lau further stated that things Gerakan can contribute, DAP can also similarly contribute and vice versa. On the contrary, remaining in BN would also be another challenge as they loss power and have limited resources. However, if BN were to get back to power in the next

Dr. Lau Zhe Wei

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science of International Islamic University Malaysia.

GE, the same scenario will occur where resources will grow and allocation for the party to grow may be there. However, this move requires Gerakan to take a huge risk. Lastly, if Gerakan were to declare itself as an independent party, they should be able to clearly distinguish between the old and new Gerakan as the leadership style is the same as the component parties of BN. Analyzing the previous Tanjung Piai by-election, Dr Lau mentioned that the fact Gerakan has managed to obtain more than a thousand votes compared to the other small parties and independent candidates, there is a clear possibility for Gerakan to make a comeback. He added that it is not impossible at the same time it is a huge task and responsibility. The proper and precise allocation of resources is vital as it will allow Gerakan to focus on important seats due to resources limitation. This situation leads to a question of which seat to choose to contest. Dr Lau explained that choosing seats and resources allocation can create a huge conflict whereby to either widely contest reducing the chance of winning or focus on potential seats that may bring in victory. Furthermore, Dr Lau explicated that the political landscape has reshaped especially after the emergence of Perikatan Nasional and as most are aware, Gerakan has also pledged the support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. In short, the question on whether Gerakan can survive alone depends on the objective and motive of the party. Dr Lau decoded and suggested that if Gerakan’s intention is to only win seats, the focus on potential seats will suffice to satisfy that aim. However, if Gerakan wants to focus on getting back to the government, we will have to build a coalition among a Malay party such as PPBM. Gerakan Today 15


Malaysia’s Philosophical Crisis The Need to Ask Difficult Questions

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or several decades, Malaysian discourse on politics and society has focused on a common theme. Since independence, the thematic relationship between race and religion, and the economy, science and technology has shaped many of our socio-economic policies. However, policies have also been influenced by political interference, resulting in obstacles to an inclusive national reform. This is especially obvious in the evolution of Malaysia’s education system over the last sixty years. Since 1957, there has been tremendous progress in access to education. At independence, more than half of Malaysia’s population had no formal schooling; only 6% had secondary-level education, and less than 1% had achieved higher education. By 2011, these numbers soared. 96% were enrolled at the primary level, 86% at the secondary level and the number of tertiary educational institutions have increased. There are now 21 public universities, 33 private universities and a growing number of branch campuses of British, Australian, Indian and Chinese universities. Overall, Malaysia’s leadership feels it has succeeded in educating a majority of the population, regardless of race, religion, geographic and gender disparities. This is seen as positive progress. However, while literacy and access to education may have advanced, the last several decades have seen an increase in the politicisation of education. For example, university professors have felt constrained by political appointments to university boards, vice-chancellorships and top university administration. Political party agendas have also influenced the direction of academic research at public universities. These have determined the allocation of funds, resulting in an imbalance in research output, skewed towards specific academic fields in the sciences. It has also resulted in top, politically-backed university administrators who are deadweights and non-performers. Their appointments were sanctioned through a culture of patronage, based on feudal loyalty, devoid of merit. Also, public universities have witnessed a decline in the value of the social sciences as an academic field, instead weighing more towards the science, engineering and technology fields. Social scientists, too, are producing less original interpretive scholarship, journal articles and exploratory research. The skill of interpretation is needed for critical and analytical thinking. The latter, instead has become a “catch-phrase”, used repeatedly by education ministers over the years. Such rhetoric further exposes the philosophical crisis in our society. Social science and the humanities continue to be ignored, despite the growing social problems around us. It is not good enough to pay lip service to the process of critical thinking, when the tools on which these values are based, are not nurtured. The level at which leadership comprehends science and technology, and it’s association with change, needs to be revamped; they must critically assess what kind of progress we as a society require. An analytical and interpretive mind will be able to go back to these basics, and stress that this process is needed in Malaysia. It is this process that is considered systemic change. It means going back to asking difficult questions, without the impulse to label them as sensitive.

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Dr. Sharifah Munirah Alatas

Senior Lecturer, School of History, Politics and Strategic Studies, National University of Malaysia.

Conclusion: Return to Gerakan’s Roots It is time for leadership and society in general, to ask deep questions about human existence, our purpose in life, and the role of ethics and morality in how we organise our life. The politically-connected wealthy and influential segments of society may feel that this is unnecessary, mainly because they see no reason to change the world that they have benefitted from. However, a morally-upright rich and influential individual would be critical of their surroundings. They would have a conscience. Similarly, leadership in Malaysia needs to ask themselves why they think the concepts of progressive, liberal, or secular are “dirty” or prohibitive? We should ask important questions like “isn’t Malaysia a secular state based on Islamic values?” After all, in Malaysia, Islam is already incorporated into the administration of the states. It would be redundant to insist that Malaysia is an Islamic state rather than a secular state. Besides, a scholar of religion, history or sociology would confirm that in the history of Islamic statehood, the term “Islamic state” does not even exist.

It is morally imperative for politicians to reject cosmetic changes to national conditions. They are merely incremental and not holistic improvements that will last for a long time. In order to have such foresight, as the early founding fathers of Gerakan did, there is a need to inject ethics into politics. The phrase “getting your hands dirty in the politics of the day” is merely a myth. Politics must be ethical if social justice is to be attained. This was the original intention of the early founders of Parti Gerakan.

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Campaign “Satu Hati Lawan COVID-19”

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Solidarity with President

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