It’s enthusing to watch the supreme leaders within UMNO reacting to the dismal performance in the last general elections (GE).
Except for the two east Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Barisan Nasional was heinously flattened in the traditional heartland of Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Pulau Pinang, and almost in total oblivion in Kelantan.
Adding to the injury Mohammad Haji Hasan had to come to terms that this time around he has to be satisfied with simple majority government in Negeri Sembilan.
To the voting public, they took the outcome of this GE positively to give the BN leaders in particular those from UMNO to undertake serious soul searching efforts as to why they experience these hurting consequences.
BN has always been mandated to power hands down for the last 11 GE’s and thus made them took everything and everyone for granted.
The contributing factor to the disastrous outcome of the GE was actually not unexpected, as the public has been gossiping against the government through the full term of Abdullah’s administrations.
Had UMNO took a little bit of pain to lend their ears to the grousing public the result could not have been this embarrassing.
There were numerous recipes of issues blended to make up the soothing ambience for the opposition parties to make sound inroads and stand to be the government of the near future if BN is still managed by this lineup of weak and crooked leaders.
Let us not revealingly analyze the reasons for the poor showings.
Every thinking politician admits the the accountability must be accepted collectively by all leaders at the supreme council, the liason chiefs and as well as the heads of divisions.
One and the only ethical step that these leaders should have taken was to call for EGM.
The EGM should be called at all party’s administrative levels expeditiously to allow members to get together and discuss the issues surrounding the party and to stand up immediately with viable recovery plans to keep the members together with confidence.
The sole leader who understood and came up with an instant call for EGM was Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (TR) and that reflects his maturity and finesse as a political leader.
He strongly believes that enhancement of democracy in UMNO is mandatory and has to be done speedily before we even think of recovering half of what we have lost.
As the head of Gua Musang UMNO division he himself acted swiftly as ethically needed to be done by calling for the EGM for the division on the 4th of April 2008.
The call by TR did not receive positive response from big leaders like Pak Lah and the rest of members of supreme council members even though many accepts TR’s suggestion that EGM can be called as it is within the ambit allowable by the party’s constitutions.
However, none among the supreme council members call their respective divisions to convene EGM, mainly due to the pressure from the party president not to do anything other than to listen to him.
All of them seem to take advantage to amuse the Prime Minister at this testing time by suggesting to all to give Pak Lah another chance to do the repair job for UMNO.
But one who thinks will not disagree with the opinion that UMNO would only be relevant until the midnight after next General Election if all those accountable in the supreme council still around playing the same politics.
But who cares for the party’s future? The main issue for those leaders in power now is how they can gain in the current state of confusions.
For Najib he thinks that he is the rightful heir to the seat which Pak Lah is seating on without realizing he is suppose to retire together with Pak Lah, instead of succeeding him (Pak Lah) .
But UMNO is still UMNO! We don’t really know how long the Malays can tolerate these idiosyncrasies.
I bet it's only a matter of time before the party bursts. We just pray that TR can make up with all the shortcomings in UMNO.
Thanks………………………. Aspan Alias.