I sat over coffee with few of UMNO youth days ago and I did not fail to ask how it was going in UMNO.
All of them said that there is no more the enchantment they used to have before and every now and then they have to be in the sideline when people around them were talking about serious and incontrovertible topics.
“Nobody was paying attention to us as the regards for UMNO is too acutely in disgrace and gone were the days when UMNO leaders were made to be term of references on any issue discussed,” said one of them.
“So what do you do now?” asked one of my friends to one of them. “I don’t know,” he answered.
I saw those young boys of early thirties were confused completely as to why their party was looked as a party which looses an attention of the people. They were trying to figure out how would the party fair in the next General Election.
Azman, asked me why are people busy talking about PAS and Pakatan Rakyat and that environment make them feel so out of place when sitting in front of the ordinary people and he claimed that he feels so inferior to the budding activist of the Pakatan Rakyat.
“Uncle, what should we do in order to get people at least to pay attention lightly on us, because right now I have totally lost the pride as a party member?” he asked me.
“I don’t know, as I have never been in that situation when we were active doing party works and in those years people felt secured when they were with us,” I said smilingly.
“Honestly uncle, I don’t really have enough guts to dispose myself as an UMNO divisional youth committee as people look so different on us. They think that we are part of those destroying the party and the government. They really do not look good on us,” he continued.
“I hate the kind of impression they have on us. The first thing they would ask would be, ‘banyak dapat projek’ and question of that sort. We never had anything!” he brooded.
The other guy said, “Ramai yang dapat tapi bukan kita! Ketua-ketua Bahagian, Wakil-wakil rakyat dan yang besar-besar dapat. Yang buat kerja macam babi kita di bawah ni,” said the one who has been quiet since we met.
All of them agreed that they won’t be able to work well in facing the public especially in the coming General Election as they claim that the public do not even have the appetite to wink at them.
This is happening everywhere and is going from bad to worst. The moment they look at any active UMNO member they would automatically say, “Oh! That must be an UMNO fellow,” in cynical.
This kind of expressive impression is contagiously spreading and no leader has been able to cordon the spread.
Let us look at this issue objectively. The reason for the lowly looked upon UMNO cannot happen without reason.
There must many factors that slowly but surely that brought this image to UMNO and consequently disparages UMNO bodily. Surely this negative image has been developed over long period or else the situation wouldn’t be this appalling and horrendous.
I happened to be one of those who was wailing and howling over the current problems when it was still at the embryonic stage but all departments in the party went to admonish me and persons like me and efforts to sideline us came from the state and the Divisional leaders.
They thought that I was not sincere and trying to be a hero. I just couldn’t bear watching the unbecoming values setting in the party then, but now I am happy to prove to everyone that all what I have been saying ultimately turns to be reality.
How could I become a hero when I was not one? I was just alerting what was coming to the party.
Right at this very moment the same people who yelled at me for my guts are unhappy with the atmosphere in the party prevailing presently.
Now that I am no more in the line-up at any level I am just smiling from the sideline witnessing their anguish being active in the party which they feel having little prospect of surviving.
Some came to me for opinions, but I am too apprehensive and hesitant in giving the opinion as I may be branded as disloyalty to the ailing party which I myself a member.
Even if I do give opinion and advice I do not think they appreciate it as it entails sacrifices and pain for them which they are not prepared to do.
Furthermore, to them only Ministers, MB’s and all the rich and the famous are their leaders and they see no reason to listen to persons like you and me who do not have the pips on our shoulders.
UMNO in authenticity is in dire need to find issues that can unite the Malays within its arm but up to now they are still not able to pick up relevant rallying issue.
Rather than having nothing some UMNO leaders are taking Chin Peng as an issue and trying hard to hook up the opposition parties to the Communist in the hope that the Malays would be back supporting UMNO they have ignored.
On the contrary the Malays have gone too far away, that any attempt to bring them back needs a real genius effort in place which no one within the line-up can ever succeed in the attempt as they are by themselves being looked without regards by every quarter.
The Malays seems to prefer to get united outside UMNO and this would follow through until the next General Election.
Some say that it is too painful to unite within UMNO as a united UMNO will house leaders who abuse their power and a fertile soil for corruption to nurture.
I still hope that there will be somebody who has the will and knows exactly what to accomplish in addressing the present adversities and complexities.