Book to give insight into contemporary issues


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jul 2003

BY FOONG PEK YEE

KUALA LUMPUR: Writing is not exactly his passion but Loh Seng Kok has soldiered on simply because he wants the truth to prevail. 

His, book, entitled Shui Qing Shi Zi Jian, which means The Rocks Are Visible In Clear Water, has topics on contemporary issues ranging from politics, education and socio-economy of the Chinese community in particular at the threshold of the new millennium. 

Loh: Former political secretary to Dr Ling

Loh, 41, a social science graduate from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and political secretary to former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik for eight years until the latter's retirement last month, said he was also inspired by his boss.  

“Dr Ling's advice is always to look into issues from a wider perspective and different angles and with the interest of the public at large,” he said when describing his mentor who was also the MCA president for 17 years until he stepped down on May 23. 

Many of the articles which were once very hot topics in the community between 1999 and 2001, had been published in major Chinese dailies. 

“To be frank, some of the issues have been overtaken by events,” said Loh who started to compile them into a book about a year ago. 

The book would be a good reference for those wanting a better insight into issues which happened when MCA was in a leadership crisis.  

Loh also hopes that the book would be translated into other languages eventually, to widen its readership base. 

The 150-page book, priced at RM20 per copy, will be launched by MCA president and Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting at Wisma MCA here today. 

 

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