I would like to lend a voice to Gerakan Perak Chairman Chang Ko Youn's call for UMNO to rise above race politics. He said sensibly, "It is vital for government and political parties to draw up a national agenda to unite the nation to face the challenges ahead, especially given the current economic situation".
MCA's Ong Tee Keat has proposed that multiracial approach should be the way forward for his party. MIC's Samy Vellu echoed similar sentiment and wants his party to take a non-racial approach.
What about UMNO?
However, Chang should be careful not to merely trumpeting his call amidst Gerakan's internal elections. Gerakan should start considering what it will do if UMNO does not change its way.
Can it coexists with a partner whose main aim is to champion its ethno-religious interest? Will UMNO listen to Gerakan's advice?
It will be interesting to see what Gerakan intends to do if UMNO keeps its race politics.