Monday 21 September 2009

Life is 2 short 2 vote UMNO!

I use to view with amusement the goings on every year of the UMNO AGM at PWTC. The fight between Team A and Team B, spectacle of Mahathir crying on stage, the brandishing of the Kris, gag order, no gag order, contest no contest…the whole spectrum of human failings all there for us to see. But amusement is far from an appropriate response given the anger that I now feel at the way UMNO is still conducting itself despite the wake up call of the last General Election.  UMNO has enjoyed over fifty years of freedom in which they were left alone to do as they wish  - to change, amend, and innovate whatever they choose to do to ensure Ketuanan Melayu and to deliver a united, peaceful and prosperous Malaysia with abundant opportunities for all citizens. They failed.

For the Malays who have staunchly supported UMNO and  unfailingly given UMNO their  votes it has been a challenging time. It used to be the opposition parties that has been looked upon by the Malays with detached amusement as these parties tried desperately to muster the non-Malay votes without much success. Those Malays who openly sided with these opposition parties were regarded as a traitor to the Malay cause. How times have changed.

The myth of UMNO as being the champion of the Malays has long been proven a farce. It might be a myth that UMNO still continues to encourage though we know that that UMNO accomplishments or lack thereof is there for all to see. If the integrity and ability of Singapore Leaders to govern their  City State well is an inspiration to people the world over, and if that made UMNO leaders look like little man, then UMNO has only themselves to blame.  

Malaysia needs a new kind of leadership. We cannot build what the Rakyat now wants without competent, clean and skill leaders. This we cannot find from the ranks of UMNO or Barisan.This simple truth seems to elude UMNO and Barisan leaders – but not the Rakyat. We need leaders with humanistic disposition towards their own people. We do not need leaders who came to high office of state just because they can lay claim to the name of Tun Razak or Tun Hussein and by reason of this “pedigree” chose to think that they, their families and their ‘sahabats’ are entitled to rob the country blind. You govern in our name and we pay taxes to maintain you in office and yet you have the audacity to take more from us in the name of national development and Ketuanan Melayu. If Ketuanan Melayu and National Development have not progress it is because of your incompetence. The accumulated opportunities presented to you over the years for the resolution of these “problems” have not been taken. And the reason why you have not done so is attributable to your incompetence – and nothing else.  There is something desperately wrong with UMNO.

Much blame deserves to be laid down at the feet of its leaders who time and time again uttered “Malay Unity” as the rationale for everything that they do and then fed the exuberance of the UMNO masses a staple diet of money, money and more money. MCA and MIC echoed these same sentiments in the things that they do.

While trumpeting the need of an independent Judiciary UMNO handpicked its members so that it will do their biddings when instructed. The appointment of Suhakam, MACC and the various Suruhanjaya were all bluster and no substance.
Left alone these last 50 years UMNO did an astoundingly good job of enriching themselves. But when the time came to fulfil their promise to the Malays and the nation they have shown rather less ingenuity.

Even now Barisan and its components parties continue to publicly unravel their seedy and unacceptable side of how they do things. We are in shock and in awe at the exposure of the deeds of UMNO, MCA and MIC – all can be reduced to four words “for a quick profit”.

Inevitably the people have had enough. Grim as the prognosis is for our country change is in the air – driven by the very people UMNO, MCA and MIC have blind-sided. The Chinese and Indians rejection of MCA and MIC is self evident in the results of the last GE. It is the rejection of UMNO by an ever-increasing number of Malays that has given the opposition momentum and much hope for their future after the next GE.

But the best reason for hope for all of us is that despite the obvious rejection of Barisan by the Rakyat it is still business as usual for them – they are relentless in continuing with their conceit, their deceit and their arrogance towards the Rakyat instead of getting their house in order. For that we have to be grateful.


  1. HH,

    Continue to sincerely share your inner thoughts and keep consistently hosting such thought-provoking articles, and your blogsite will in no time register more and more hits than you can ever imagine.

    Who knows MT might be your next most popular blogsite.

    Taking this aside, I am sure many viewers will concur with your sentiments regarding UMNO's modus operandi.

    Keep on unleashing, brother.

  2. Hussein,

    Great man we need more malay like you in malaysia. Selamat Hari Raya. You remind me of my younger live with my malay friends.

    Umno is out dated like an old worn out machine that never get updated with modern technology. It survive on racism, money and religion. It does not dare to venture into honesty, integrity and intelligence.

  3. Encik HH,

    Malaysia Today has an article titled "Hishamuddin denies M’sia is supplying arms to terrorists", dated 21 Sept 2009.

    I recalled an article written by RPK on Malaysia Today titled "A challenge to the Malaysian government to explain this", dated 24 Aug 2009 where he talked about the discovery of a vessel-full of arms purchased by BN govt.

    Extract on the next post....Siebel.

  4. Here's the key extract. Please notify PR lawmakers.

    Commentators were worried that these arms could be :
    a) bound for another country
    b) for the build-up within Malaysia in case of need such as training and arming the RELA guys. Beware, these RELA guys can be mobiised with these extra arms to start a riot or emergency comes GE13.

    Many Thanks.....Siebel.

    For your convenience, here's an extract of RPK's article:

    But I am not too concerned with all that. After all, this has been going on for 40 years. All our neighbouring countries know about how Malaysia has been meddling in their internal affairs and has been assisting the guerrilla groups. Why do you think Thailand helped Chin Peng and his CMP guerrilla army? That was a tit-for-tat for what Malaysia was doing with the Muslim separatists in Southern Thailand.

    What I am concerned with is the latest revelation of the Malaysian government purchasing millions of rounds of ammunition and tens of thousands of pistols, submachine guns and stun grenades. And this is the Malaysian government’s ‘shopping list’:

    9mm pistols & accessories
    9mm submachine guns & accessories
    7.62mm sniper ammunition
    9mm para subsonic ammunition
    9mm para hollow point ammunition
    Stun grenades One-Bang
    Stun grenades 7-Bang

    Now, there is nothing wrong with governments buying bullets, pistols, submachine guns and stun grenades, even in the millions of rounds and tens of thousands of pieces like what the Malaysian government is doing. All governments do this, even the Malaysian government. But this particular cache is not being procured through ‘normal channels’. There is no tender being called for this purchase. It is being negotiated through ‘underground’ sources, the way illegal organisations or terrorist groups would normally do.

    Why would Malaysia want to by-pass the official or legal channels in buying all these guns, ammunition and grenades? Are they meant for illegal purposes? Are they meant for onward transmission to terrorist groups that Malaysia is supporting? Or is the final destination of this cache of weapons Malaysia itself?

    This is most alarming. They most certainly can’t be for the Malaysian security forces. If they were then the government would buy them through an official tender and from authorised or legitimate suppliers instead of through underground sources. But if they were for foreign terrorist groups then for sure Malaysia would not want to do it the legal way because then they can be traced back to Malaysia.

    What is most worrying is the recent announcement that Umno intends to send its Youth Movement members for paramilitary training. Does Umno intend to train and arm its Youth Movement? If so then what is the purpose for doing so? And is this latest ‘underground’ procurement of millions of rounds of ammunition and tens of thousands of pistols, submachine guns and stun grenades part of this plan?

    continue ....on next post....

  5. ...continue from previous post...

    The Malaysian government needs to reply to all these questions. The rakyat can’t remain silent about this very alarming turn of events. We know that there are moves to buy these armaments. That, the Malaysian government can’t deny. To deny this is futile. But what we do not know yet is the reason the Malaysian government is buying them on the ‘black market’ and whether these would all finally end up on the streets of Malaysia in the hands of Umno Youth who would soon be trained on how to use them.

    The Members of Parliament from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat need to demonstrate outrage. This is not just about swindling the rakyat out of billions of our tax money. That, after all, is only money. This is more serious. This involves the nation’s security. Government’s cannot turn rogue by dabbling in illegal arms and ammunition purchases without explaining what they intend to do with enough firepower to start a civil war in the country.

    Lim Kit Siang, Anwar Ibrahim, Abdul Hadi Awang, and all those presidents of the non-Umno component members of Barisan Nasional…hello…can you hear me? Please get to the bottom of this matter and demand that the government explain itself.
    Don’t deny it. Don’t issue statements that the police will be asked to investigate this latest ‘lie’ from Malaysia Today. This is no lie. We are aware of what you are buying. What we want to know is why you are buying them and what you intend to do with them. And why are you going onto the black market to buy them from underground sources if there is nothing sinister about what you are doing?

  6. Sir,

    I have one big worry for the future of our country. UMNO is desperate enough to start another race riots so that military rule can be imposed to prevent a GE.

    If it happens we will have chaos in the country as unlike May 13 we have the internet and peopel within and internatioally will be able to expose the abuses as they do now.

    I know enough UMNO members that are so fed up with the present crop of leaders and their misdeeds that they are ready to leave. I call on these to leave and join a non-race based party.

    UMNO will not change because like a syaitan it is condemned.

    WE need to be vigilant to expose attempts to stir up racial strife so that it can be a convenient excuse to impose military rule.

    The expose on the arms purchase has gone quiet. I shudder to think what is going on behind the scene.

    As events have proven UMNO will not protect malays, they will only portect the intersts of elites. Don't be deceived if you are not in Team A, even if you are UMNO you will not be protecetd.

  7. HH

    Like you, I have left the shores of Malaysia over 38 years ago now. My anger has subsided over the unfair treatment of non Malays until late August last year when I again started to have an interest in the politics of Malaysia.

    What I have read and discussed among my friends of the continued abuse of power and the under-handedness of the Elite goons literally boils my blood. The travesty of injustice done to Mat Sah is a point in case. How can anyone do such a thing to a man and his family? How can they let a child grow up without the loving presence of a father, a wife without the loving presence of a husband for 7 long years? This is being done to a fellow Malay too. I know his case pales into insignificance when we read about the atrocities done all over the world but injustice is injustice. We have to overcome one injustice at a time.

    If we believe in the Almighty, then Judgement Day will come. There is no escape.

    Please continue to share your thoughts as it is more powerful if it came from a Malay patriot than from a Non Malay patriot. If you are ever in Sydney, please look me up. You remind me of the "true" Malay friends I had when I was younger, not the "Pendatang" scums who are Malay wannabes and true Muslim Munafiks.

    I would love to discuss with you on how we can help Malaysians achieve the goal of a fairer Malaysia because although I am no longer a Malaysian, I still have this innate love for the country of my birth.


  8. How right you are. Over 50 years of collosal waste. If managed properly, we could have been as prosperous as Singapore and there's enough for everyone, not just the Malays. And we the rakyat would have no compulsion in continuing to support the BN. Unfortunately what we had was a bunch of thieves who crafted their trade so well that they fooled us all in letting them run amok and helping themselves to our hard earned wealth without feeling of guilt or compassion. Time we put a stop to them before we become a banana republic.


  9. I enjoy reading your analysis.Precise to the last dot.
    Keep writing sir. I hope your writings will open the eyes and minds of the 'blind' Malays.
    Thank God the non-Malays have opened their eyes.

  10. This is a great piece of article, one that I share and feel to be very true the state of affairs in Malaysia under 53 over years of UMNO + BN rules, but not able to express out so articulately and accurately as you do, sir. Thank you.

  11. I was totally flabbergasted when Najis did a Krismuddin (Cowhead)when he defended Utusan on their Malay rights at all costs. Although he went on to say that he hope others should also be defended, we all know better that he was talking poppycock. And what the heck is 1Malaysia? How about 1POPPYCOCKUMNO?

    Taikohtai in Brissie

  12. Thank You for a good write up and enjoyed reading it.

    I hope we have intellectual malays like you to lead this country.

  13. Thanks for your article. I follow MT regularly, and sometimes other blogs. There are many English written blogs pointing out the chicanery of UMNO, and many Chinese and Indians are becoming more and more aware of what's going on, not only about UMNO but the corruption and failings in MCA and the MIC as well. But I and many others wonder how aware are Malays generally of what UMNO really is, especially those who do not read English. Would you be able to enlighten us on that? How can we ensure that the Malays become aware of all these so that at the next GE we will see the total defeat of BN once for all?

  14. The reality is this - UMNO,s machinery can reach the remotest corner of our population - mostly rural Malay - but whether they can still ensure that these Malays will still respond to guidance and direction from UMNO is difficult to know for sure - I have addressed this issue in an earlier article whose title escapes me for now - but it is a work in progress. The rural Malays are not without the ability to think for themselves and they know who anwar is -can we reach them? We are trying but its effectiveness is to be assessed. Sorry that is the best i can say for now.

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  16. Thanks for your reply. I appreciate that very much. I have been recommending Bakri Musa and Art Harun to others. Now that I've found your blog, I will recommend it others as well. You write very well. Simple and to the point. Not convoluted or pretentious like some others. Keep up the good work. I look forward to the day when we will all take the lead of Haris and identify ourselves as Anak Bangsa Malaysia!