Monday, August 18, 2008
Toh Kin Woon quits Gerakan
Dr Toh Kin Woon (picture), a Gerakan central committee member, who created a stir with his open support for Anwar Ibrahim last night, has quit the party. The former academician faxed his letter of resignation just minutes ago. Among the reasons he cited was his plan to focus on non-governmental organisations. The former state executive councillor's resignation came as no surprise as his independent views, especially his relations with Anwar, have always put him at odds with his Gerakan bosses, Getting out of Gerakan was the only way. I first got to know this mild-mannered gentleman when I was a student at UKM. He taught me consumer economics and is certainly one of the nicest persons I have met. He hardly fits the image of a rebel. I believe his decision to focus on NGO work would serve his causes more effectively. At one time, he was active in the Consumers Association of Penang. Like many academicians, it has not been easy grappling with partisan politics, where values and principles are compromised all the time, regardless of their political beliefs. Kin Woon is no exception. Idealists like him have found it difficult having to toe the party line. He has not ruled out joining PKR but those who know Dr Toh would probably advise him to devote his time to NGO work.