Since its founding in 1968, the Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (PGRM) has seen growth and strength despite external constraints and internal problems. Through sincere leadership, pragmatic strategies and non-communal approaches, PGRM obtained mass support to strive for an egalitarian united Malaysia characterized by racial harmony, social justice, economic equality, political democracy and cultural liberalism. PGRM's receptivity to people's criticisms and advices and its sensitivity to their needs and aspirations are two major factors that contribute in making PGRM a dynamic and resilient political force in Malaysia.
PGRM had drawn its main support from members of the dissolved United Democratic Party and the English-educated moderates of the Labour Party. Attempts were also made to establish close rapport with trade unionists whose cosmopolitan postures were considered as essential in the crystallization of a truly multi-ethnic political party.
With the rapidly changing political environment, the party had gradually come to grasp the realities of the day. First, political confrontation was not tolerated but was deemed detrimental to national unity. Secondly, cooperation with the federal government was deemed necessary to obtain financial assistance for many economic projects. Thirdly, cooperation endured stability and the early revival of parliamentary democracy.
As a political party committed to the Malaysian line, PGRM has trodden an uneasy path. With an expanded organizational base, it was able to harness greater influence in both grassroots and government levels. Under sincere, capable and dedicated leaders, the party was able to play an active role in communicating its aspirations to the highest authorities.
Malaysian nationalism is an effective weapon to combat the root causes of communalism, extremism, religious fanaticism, and cultural chauvinism. PGRM will continue to strive towards its correct ideology of uniting all Malaysians for the creation of a liberal and progressive society.