When UMNO kicks up a fuss on the Malay Agenda and spews racist venom on other communities, the other BN component parties suffer. Yet, they choose to suffer in silence. Their inability to do anything to change their fate or the state of working relations with UMNO is both pathetic and pityful.
Pathetic because over the last few decades, most of the political parties have forgotten how to survive politically beyond the BN framework. Speaking to some of the leaders, I note a great sense of despair and helplessness. They said that they are not happy with the current behaviour of UMNO. But they are forced to stay put due to lack of alternatives beyond BN.
Perhaps these leaders should consider starting a third block, not BN and not the Opposition front, in the parliament. Politicians in this block will support good public policies and work with the government to implement programmes which benefit Malaysians but oppose public policies which are not.
Politicians who truly care for the nation must start to think out of the box. They are guardians of the next generations. If they choose to become bystanders and cahorts of some unscrupulous but influential politicians who are destroying and corrupt the present system, then there is no justifiable reason to keep these people.