In Aliran: Chandra Muzaffar – just an open note for you
"Choo Sing Chye wonders what happened to Dr Chandra Muzaffar’s idealism which inspired many.
Once your heart was filled with egalitarian ideals which copiously propagated into the pages of your books and Aliran Monthly.
I admired your courage to say these forbidden ideals which in the eyes of the Umno’s kingpins were seditious.
I believed that you had the passion then to offer solace for the poor without fear of offending the BN elites of the day.
You didn’t speak for the Opposition, nor the BN government, but you spoke up eloquently for the poor and against injustice.
In your heart, you felt the anguish, despair, misery and wretchedness of the poor.
But today I see a different you..."
'I believe what you had written then was based on egalitarian idealism that was close to your heart and ours too.
Gone are the days when you speak like an idealist, and today you speak like a BN politician and write like The Star’s columnists Joceline Tan and Baradan Kuppusamy.
Whatever you write now does not matter to us and the poor anymore. Perhaps to you now the “foul filth that oozes out of every pore of Barisan Nasional politics” smells like roses.'
Choo Sing Chye, a former Perak state assembly member, served as politcal secretary to the late P Patto.