Goh Keat Peng is happiest when he is at home where everything and everyone is familiar to him and where the least fuss is generated. Yet he has traversed the country and the world to pay his dues to humanity by way of teaching, training, counselling as well as humanitarian services. He has been an avid observer of politics the world over since his school days with a compact shortwave transistor radio close to one ear well past midnight, listening to speeches, interviews and news. Comparative politics is what he calls this approach of observing, learning and appreciating how diverse situations and challenges impact the political equation and how the political dynamics in turn respond with suitable problem-solving leads to meet these various demands. In this way he understands and appreciates politics but only as long as he is not conscripted to vie for political or public office. When things get really complicated, he takes whatever time there is on the bicycle under the open sky, with the breeze on his face.
on Feb. 17, 2013 :
"The people are the nation. The nation is its people. Its people as a whole must thrive, and be cared for."
For me, this was the heart behind the book.
For someone who is really rather too lazy to think about the political arena and too annoyed to get into debates about it, this was a good read. It relates in easy, understandable language about what politics is, the situation in Malaysia at this point of time, and what we as individuals can do about it.
I would suggest reading this if you are a first time voter, if you really can't understand what all the fuss is about on facebook and twitter and the interwebs, or if you just want to know why you should care instead of just migrating.
(review of free book)