I was criticized by a few for not being together to celebrate the ‘64th anniversary of UMNO on the 11th May.
Some say that I only talk much about UMNO but can't even remember the birth date of the party.
Firstly I would like to seek an apology for not writing on it. My reason is this; I don’t celebrate my own birthday and I always forget to celebrate birthdays even for my own close family members.
On the last 2nd of May I forgot to wish my own lovely grandson, Danny a ‘happy birthday wish’ and I myself did not realize that I passed through my own birthday unnoticed on the last 4th of April until many of my readers wished me ‘a happy birthday’ through my e-mails and my face book.
My late mother didn't celebrate birthdays as she didn't know when her birthday was and as persons who hail from an Ulu place birthday anniversary was not an inbuilt culture for us.
That may be the reason why I always feel young as I don’t pick up the habit of counting my age through my birth-dates.
Even if I remember the date of the birth of this living UMNO, it should be on the February not on the 11th of May as february was the month when this current UMNO was born.
AND to top it all UMNO (B) is just 22 years old and it is many years younger than my youngest son’s age.
I only joined this UMNO in January 1998, 10 years after the party was born and that may be the reason that sub consciously made me forget about the birth date as it takes a long while for me to adjust to the goings and comings of the party.
BUT I must say that I am a bit senior than Dr Mahathir in UMNO as he just rejoined this party in 2009 as he left UMNO in 2008.- in protest against his protege successor turned enemy Abdullah Badawi.
It is not 64th birthday in the first place and it is quite uneasy for me to accept that the party is already over 60 years old.
I was told that the party organized a ‘tahlil’ ritual in PWTC and I think that was a great thing to do to recite prayers and ‘tahlil’ for the party which has gone in oblivion more than 2 decades ago.
I may suggest to Dato’ Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, the party's Sec General whenever I meet him that at the Annual General Assembly scheduled to be held at the end of the year, UMNO should put it clear at the back drop of the Dewan Merdeka something like this; PERHIMPUNAN AGONG UMNO YG KE22 – 2010’, OR something like that.
That was just what we did in all General Assemblies of UMNO (old) since its inception in 1946 until its demise in 1988.
I remember in 1987 when UMNO had its last AGM before the party was dead,the back drop of the Dewan Merdeka was; PERHIMPUNAN UMNO YANG KE 38 – 1987.
I think this could be the best way to get UMNO leaders and members to remember the UMNO (B) anniversary dates.
I think Dato Seri Tengku Adnan should be honest about the age of UMNO. Doesn’t he feel proud that the party is still young?
Be like a lady who always feel nice when friends and close ones see her as younger than her age.
To those who complain that I forget about UMNO’s anniversary date, I from now on, shall always remember the birth date of the party.
The only difference is that others celebrate it in May; I shall do that in February.
I feel too guilty to lie to myself and I hate to change facts of history.