We have lost humiliatingly in the Permatang Pauh by election; now with even bigger majority of 15,671 votes…it’s grievous.
This by-election was the mother of elections as it will chart a new political landscape of the country and has proved a lot of idiosyncrasies of current political behavior of the people and the nation.
The result was in fact unsurprising as our BN and UMNO leaders were outpaced by the opposition party in all turfs right from day one as BN was so focused on personal issues and nothing was talked about other pressing issues pertaining to the rakyat.
The rakyat is again sending strong message that they are giving vote of no confidence to the Prime Minister and his deputy who was the commander in charge of the by-election.
Despite of unrelenting efforts by the ruling party to ridicule Anwar the voters still say “Fuck off” to our party and leaders without qualm.
What do we learn out of this upsetting defeat? Surely we learn at least little stuff of politics with this expensive lesson.
At the very least Najib who headed the by-election campaign has to admit that he has failed wretchedly as how he had failed miserably in the last General Election.
Through this by election, Najib earned disrespect, mockery and circumvention of support from the very own UMNO members in Permatang Pauh as well as from the neighboring constituencies.
They just abhorred the presence of Najib in the election as he himself was negatively perceived by the people with too many personal issues running against him.
He should now resign as a matter of principle as he is totally rejected and he is of no significance to the eyes of the people anymore…in fact he is a yoke to the party.
He should withdraw himself from all responsibilities in the party and government as the spirit of democracy warrants him to do so.
He should discuss seriously with Abdullah to resign together and leave everything to us and the rest of the party members to decide on their successors.
They shouldn’t be taking too much time to arrive at this decision as the matter is too serious that needs instantaneous attention from Abdullah and Najib.
The people are waiting anxiously for their retirements and they have signaled the top leadership to do so through the last General Election and the just wrapped up by-election in Permatang Pauh.
Staying put at their respective positions would eventually destroy UMNO and the government, and we do not want to be the grieving recipients to their misadventures any longer.
I am no supporter of Anwar, and never will be, but Anwar’s victory in Permatang Pauh is a very sharp and perfect yardstick to gauge the acceptability of BN by the general voting public.
Anwar wouldn’t be this important if their nauseating feelings towards the leadership and the government were addressed fittingly.
Through and through our leaders were harping only on sodomy issues and were hiding behind Saiful’s ass, and that created and built up massive hatred towards BN.
Let us not discuss on the reasons of the defeat; it has been done too extensively.
UMNO must change, the current leaders must sacrifice, the members must look at suitable angle of struggles and it has to be done without wasting much time anymore.
Abdullah, Najib and the rest of the present line-up must face UMNO members and just surrender and admit mistakes they have committed.
They must allow somebody else to lead, and that is the only choice available to save the party from going through total oblivion.
We are still fortunate that we have a leader like Tengku Razaleigh who has been sidelined by his political competitors for 3 decades and that he is still around to mend the fences from further annihilation.
What is needed is just an understanding of the grassroot members and the willingness of the leaders at all levels to accept this very simple fact that the party needs a new environment of politics…and Tengku Razaleigh is the only life line available.
That would save the party from falling apart.