Ordinary people and outsiders who listened to the speeches delivered by some UMNO leaders at the movement's general assembly would have thought that Malaysia is gearing up for another racial riot.
I am not convinced by the reason given by Najib Razak that they were first-timers and did not know the dos-and-don'ts of the convention. Playing to the gallery, they were.
Primarily, their speeches were motivated by the prevalent thinking in UMNO and the racist calls to defend the Malay rights and the Malay supremacism. Seasoned leaders such as Abdul Ghani, the Johor MB, did the same when he rubbished the 'Bangsa Malaysia' concept and said that the concept is a challenge to Malay supremacism.
In NST today, Najib said the party had identified several speeches which were deemed "exteme", and would leave it to the "relevant authorities" to take action. We will wait to see if actions will be taken against Abdul Ghani, Khairy Jamalluddin and Hisammuddin Hussein as well.
Please don't go after the small fishes. We want Najib to walk his talk.