On 22/08, Dr Tan joined Pakatan Rakyat. Today he’s officially joins PKR’s fight.
Out of Gerakan, into PKR
Finally, Gerakan stalwart Dr Tan Kee Kwong made his move.
He announced his intention to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat today, adding that he faxed his resignation letter from Gerakan to the party’s secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye yesterday morning.
Former Federal Territory Gerakan chief Dr Tan Kee Kwong says race-based parties are no longer relevant and that joining multi-racial PKR was a breath of fresh air.
– Cannot affect changes from within
– We have to rubber stamp Umno’s decisions
Taken from malaysianinsider.com :
Ex-FT Gerakan chief Kee Kwong joins PKR
By Debra Chong
PETALING JAYA, Sept 6 — Former Federal Territory Gerakan chief, Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong, has joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat, ending months of speculation following his controversial appointment to a special Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government job in May.
Dr Tan appeared rather ebullient at his switchover and said he was not sad at all to leave the Barisan Nasional component party.
“It’s a breath of fresh air for me. In my former party, I’m known as an irritant and cancer in the system. But other people see me for what I stand for,” he added.
The announcement was made today at a special press conference togetherwith PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail and Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim at their party headquarters here.
Dr Tan, a former deputy minister in the Barisan Nasional federal government, is the most significant former leader from the ruling coalition to defect to the PR alliance since the March elections.
Said Dr Tan today: “I thought what happened on March 8 would take 30 to 50 years, but it happened overnight. The days of one-party politics is over. The majority of the Malaysian rakyat want a party that is not based on religion or race.”
Explaining why he chose to join PKR, out of all the other opposition parties, he said: “PKR is the party of the future. It’s multiracial and has good, honest, dedicated leaders.”
He added that he was supportive of and honestly believed that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, husband to the PKR president, was the man who could lead the charge to a better Malaysia.