In my last posting I touched on the necessity and inevitability for BN and UMNO in particular to strengthen itself and to win back the trust of the people in general and the voting public in particular.
Never ever depend on the weaknesses of the alternative party to secure and regain the lost seats in the last General Election as it would not be durable and resilient enough to defend future assaults of the opposition parties.
One should appreciate that the opposition is not like the opposition of 2 decades ago but the opposition of the day is already a real alternative to the current ruling government that UMNO leads.
PKR has tasted power in 5 states sharing with its components PAS and DAP and the alternative front is now in the maturing process with intermittent and alternating moments of stone hurling among them.
BUT all those sorrowful quarrels among the PR leaders are all seen as physical hiccups but in principle their followers are still going for one mission that is to replace BN as the government for the people.
The quitting of a few leaders in PR should be taken as normal occurrences for a new and infant coalition.
UMNO (old one) too in its early age used to face similar intricacies in the early fifties when the differences between leaders then, led some of the leaders with religious preferences to quit the party and formed PAS.
Now PAS remains as the oldest Malay Party in place of the original UMNO as the deregistered party was denied its legal revival by Mahathir’s administration in 1988 who formed a then new Party called UMNO (baru) in February in 1988.
On historical and chronological record he(Mahathir) was the last President of UMNO and the first President for the new UMNO.
Let us be watchful over some of the salient and outstanding differences between problems in PR and BN and let us look at the issue as pragmatic as possible and it’s needful to be owned up by the leaders and members of the two political fronts.
Basically as I have said PR is a new political identity formed among the three main opposition parties PAS, DAP and PKR and the front had succeeded in breaking the almost complete dominance of BN, hence took over the control of 5 state governments.
The ruling party was in complete disarray and this situation gave the PR the opportunity to make their existence felt and became the alternative choice to exhausting members of the BN in the last GE.
The bashing on Abdullah Badawi by his predecessor Mahathir made UMNO members themselves voting for the alternative party and Mahathir was the main person to bring drain out the support of UMNO members from BN: just to be sure to injure Pak Lah and force him to retire.
Mahathir himself left UMNO he formed in 1988 and came back when Najib replaced Pak Lah in March last year.
On records of honestly written history Mahathir had deserted the old UMNO and he also derelict the new UMNO he formed but this time only for a brief period as he came back to the fold when Abdullah retired.
While UMNO was on trial from its own doing and became the worse for wear, Pakatan Rakyat became the choice for the people including leaders and members of UMNO in the process of soul searching.
It simply means that the big number of seats that PR secured in the last GE was in actuality does not resemble the genuine support of the people but instead due to the animosity UMNO was fronting.
PR in the states they rule have managed to have considerable grip on the grassroots as the lowest government administrative level ie the JKKK are now mostly controlled by PKR members and leaders at that level.
BN would have to face mounting battle to regain the support of the grassroots in the coming GE and only solid and new disposition of UMNO and BN can offer them a chance to return.
BUT has UMNO changed for the better to exist as a morally dignified party to the eyes of the voting public?
More importantly does anyone believe that there are no troubles and no intra party clumsiness within their leaders especially at the higher echelon?
Are we cock sure that there is no power push and pull over within the party?
This question deserves a bit of deliberation and forethought in my next posting may be, OR maybe not.
Let us see. I shall come back perhaps in one or two days from now.