I received many text messages from friends and my readers regarding the party-switch by former MIC Deputy President Dato’ S.Subramaniam to Parti Keadilam Rakyat (PKR) days ago.
One of the text messages I received says, “All leaders from BN component parties who failed in their bid for top party positions will cross to PKR!” referring the recent cross over by Chua Jui Meng, S.Subramaniam and the rest who are thinking of defecting in this few days and weeks.
This is not coincidence as the other side of the fact is that all good leaders in all component parties in BN would eventually be side lined initiated by their own leaders with power craze and forced the members to endorse the move.
All leaders of BN component parties are perceived to be the mediocre while the real and relatively better leaders are all on the side line. This is particularly so in UMNO.
After a decade or so the parties were led by unscrupulous, stained as well as faked leaders who were all out to keep their personal politics above the party struggles and hence it has come to a point that the parties looses reverence from the voting public in both the General Elections (GE) and by-elections.
I am not wrong to say that S.Subramaniam was a better leader than Mr Samy. In fact the oppositions are very contented, for as long as Mr Samy leads MIC as they need not have much exertion to entice the Indians to support them in any election.
In essence Mr Samy is serving and giving good favor for the opposition if he still tries to cling to the top MIC position.
Few of my Indian neighbors and friends say, “We are voting the oppositions until Mr Samy is done with and in the meanwhile led the Indians choose their leaders without fear.”
UMNO had contracted this disease for an extensive while and the consequence of that disease had made the party looses their potency and might and soon to be in destitute and insolvent.
Dr Mahathir started his political move to sideline all budding and potential national leadership the moment he became the Deputy President of the Party in 1976 and his move became more evident since he assumed the Party President position in 1981 and 22 years of his reign saw a line of mediocre becoming leaders.
By the time he retired in 2003 there were already a huge blankness in the leadership and Abdullah succeeded him only to find the nation was under the was under weak and indefensible leadership.
The pressure for Dr Mahathir to resign was too evident as such that the weak Abdullah was given 90% mandate in 2004 GE. People then just wanted Mahathir to go as they wanted new political ambience.
In actuality Abdullah was never a good successor and people gave BN thumping mandate in 2004 GE was purely made up by the relief feelings of Mahathir’s resignation.
Mahathir’s greatest failure was not being able to prepare honest and capable successors as he was too obsessed in strengthening his personal politics and all current political insanity derived from his leadership.
Mahathir suspected everybody and trusted nobody. To him one can behave as he liked as long as he or she supported him.
Along the way UMNO and BN was infested by crimes like corruption and abuse of powers by the big and tiny leaders at all level and he condoned it to the fullest.
Mahathir blamed Abdullah for not taking some leaders to court for the corrupt practices committed during his (Mahathir's)reign.
Defections have been a median for current political circumstances. Mahathir defected from one UMNO to a new UMNO bringing along with him millions of members from the old one just because to side line few leaders who he considered to be a threat to his personal politics.
All the 22 years of his reign was for his personal and had nothing to do with protection of his race which he chose to be.
Samy Velu has been the MIC President for more than 2 decades and the position is for his personal selfish interest. If it is not than it’s for what?
MCA has been laden and impregnated with corrupt perception. The 12 billion PKFZ issue is the issue centered on MCA leaders of the past and present.
MCA lost heavily in the last GE to DAP and PKR and defection of their leaders seemed imminent as the split within the party has come to a breaking point.
Most of the ordinary members have defected to the opposition in the last GE, so the defection by their leaders is just the follow through of their members who defected massively in 2008 GE through the ballot box. So there is nothing new at all.
In actual essence political parties do not serve any purpose any further if they were to talk about starting a fresh for the nation as all the parties are suffering from unmitigated corruption issue.
So do their leaders. How a corrupt leader could promise us to combat corruption? How could the leaders take that sodomy is more heinous that corruption?
When come to leadership issue sodomy and corruption do not have a breath of different. If we have to punish a person who commits sodomy we should also punish the corruptors the same.
Islam says a corrupt person is as good as a person who eats the flesh of his on siblings and family.
So how do we find the basis of saying that corrupt person is less sinful than the person who commits sodomy?
I wish some religious scholars can convince me on this. To my simple mind if a person is thrown into the prison for sodomy, the corrupt must also be caged.
Quitting BN seems to non exertion effort as there is nothing left for one to stay on in that coalition.
For the Malays they feel they have no more reason to struggle in UMNO as all the struggles for them have been shelved away with that beautiful slogan the current leadership is propagating.
They were in UMNO to struggle for a purpose; that is to strengthen the Malay existence but all those are thrown away in the ditch by their leaders. Their existence in the party is of no more relevant.
This is the group that has the potential of defecting to find a party which they feel having the purpose of their existence.
Lastly my question is: what is so heinous when a person defects from his party as opposed to corrupt leaders and a person who commits sodomy?
Defecting from BN component parties will soon be a daily affair and there is no solution for the circumvention of the move.
As Tengku Razaleigh has loudly said, it has to be an entirely new deal to effect new political circumstances for the betterment of the country and in particular the inter-racial issues which is at a very worrying state.
I trust this great veteran is the solution to the whole and entire problems we are facing.
Anything less would give all of us the chance to witness the unkind tribulation in Malaysian politics.
Trust me, we will see that happening if we are still in denial. Don’t believe me only when the circumstance becomes reality.
I am saying this not only to UMNO and BN but it is also for all the opposition parties.
Political parties seems to be of no relevance at this point of time any longer but most importantly everyone has to have the nation’s problem to be of priority to be addressed.