KUALA LUMPUR: One of the factors that motivated Loh Seng Kok to write his first book was that he wanted to put forward his views on current issues to help create a well-informed society.
I have witnessed many events, some controversial while others were not, and I felt it was part of my responsibility to present my viewpoint to the public to allow them to have a better understanding, he said.
Loh, a political secretary to former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, said his book Shui Qing Shi Zi Jian (The Rocks Are Visible in Clear Water), was a compilation of his articles published in local Chinese dailies from 1998 to 2001.
The articles touch on a range of issues from politics, press freedom, education to socio-economic matters of the Chinese community.
They also give an insight of events during the MCA leadership crisis.
The title is a Chinese proverb meaning truth prevails. It is up to the people to be the judge of the articles as I am only presenting them as my opinion, he said after the book launch by MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Loh, 41, a social science graduate from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, said Dr Ling inspired him to produce the book.
He told me that we should look at issues from a broader perspective in the interest of the public, he added.
Loh said the contents of the articles might be lacking in certain perspectives due to circumstances, background and personal knowledge at that time.
But I believe the articles may help raise awareness, influence and reform attitudes within the community towards creating a better society, he said.
He said 3,000 copies of the book were printed and the proceeds from the first 1,000 copies would go to the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman fund, adding that he hoped the book would be translated into other languages.
The 150-page book, priced at RM20, can be obtained at Wisma MCA.