I congratulate my long-time friend and MP for Wangsa Maju saudara Wee Choo Keong for taking the bold decision to quit Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
Although our views on national politics defer most of the time, Choo Keong and I have been friends for about 20 years now. When I first met him as a cadet reporter with the New Straits Times, he was still a DAP member.
Choo Keong is a non-nonsense, man of principles.
He left DAP when the party deviated from its founding tenets and when the "Lim" family started to practise nepotism. Choo Keong then set up the Malaysian Democratic Party in 1998. He later decided run in the 2008 general election under PKR.
Choo Keong's departure from PKR is a loss the party can never recover.
My name is Mohd Ashraf Abdullah. I was born and raised in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. I am a journalist at heart. I served the New Straits Times as a journalist for 17 years, beginning as a cadet reporter in 1988. I was trained to be a political writer. I served the NST in various capacities including as Staff Correspondent of the Kuantan Bureau and London Correspondent. I resigned as News Editor in 2004 to join Golden Hope Plantations Berhad as Deputy General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. Two years later I was made General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. When Golden Hope and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad were merged with Sime Darby Berhad in November 2007, I chose not to accept the offer of employment by the merged entity. I was a scholar of the British Government and possess a Masters Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am also a Jefferson's Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.