Friday, March 27, 2009

UMNO New Lineup - Does It Matter?

It does not matter if it is Muhyiddin or Muhammad Taib, Khairy or Khir Toyo, Zahid Hamidi or someone else. The thing which must change is the mindset of UMNO's leadership. Of course, Najib did emphasize on change. Mukhriz made 'change' his election platform.

But the 'change' they called for is not a change which is sorely needed by the nation. We need a change in the way this nation is governed. Not a change which will only seek to deepen and strengthen ethno-religious politics. Not the kind of change which will make UMNO more hegemonic, make the police force or any public institutions the tools of politicians or alter the democratic system of this country which may curtail individual rights.

If the change UMNO seeks is to seek more control over government apparatus, more positions in the government linked companies and full access of public resources, then the party will transform fully into an autocratic regime.

Recently, it has taken some harsh decisions against detractors. Bar Council has been warned against the use of 'Allah' in its online poll. Judiciary reform undertaken by Abdullah has faltered when Ipoh High Court's Judicial Commissioner Ridzwan's tenure was controversially renewed for 2 more years after he has made controversial decisions against the Perak state assembly speaker. Even the chief judge was implicated in a recorded statement that he had bribed the judiciary when he was in legal practice. No police statement was ever taken from him.

More abuses have been unveiled and they have become a common feature in the Malaysian way of life. To a number of Malaysians, politics in UMNO is synonymous with everything negative. This is a huge perception hurdle for the party.

Abdullah was right that the party cannot bully its way to power. Regardless of the new leadership lineup, UMNO needs to change its political approach and mindset. It is does not drop its old game plan, there is very little hope the party to turn around.

Is the new leadership truly free of those tainted by power corruption? The answer is quite obvious.

But the component parties will hail the leadership as a new dawn. Predictable.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's difficult to teach 'old dogs' new tricks...change...NEVER!

red1 said...

It does matter. People matters and if you got the right someone as in the case of Mahathir you see tremendous change, and if you choose someone weak as Mahathir has done.

But Mahathir's oft defense is that it is the delegates that choose Pak Lah to be a strong VP and then Deputy. Dr. M has no choice or else he be seen as plotting against democracy.

Well, i guess that happens when you happened to have a real job running a real country.

tskh said...

It's not going to matter until the head clears his name.

Anyone associated with him, no matter how clean, will appear to be tainted in the public's eye.

That is so bad of a perception public has on him!

mut said...

>>red1 said.....

It does matter. People matters and if you got the right someone as in the case of Mahathir you see tremendous change, and if you choose someone weak as Mahathir has done.<<

He also oversaw the descent Malaysian politics and our national institutions into the abyss. During his time, crony capitalism and the plunder of our national wealth took place unabated, and in some cases like the concessionaire and IPP agreements, continue till today. It was changes that kept him in power (at all costs) but change not of the sort the people need.

Oh, and development? That is a dubious argument. South Korea were behind us in the early 1980s, now their economy is 3 times ours. If you ask UMNO operatives, they will probably ask us NOT to look south at our border. Yes, even Singapore is doing better.

>>But Mahathir's oft defense is that it is the delegates that choose Pak Lah to be a strong VP and then Deputy. Dr. M has no choice or else he be seen as plotting against democracy.<<

That is not true. The delegates had previously elected Najib with the highest number of votes. But he was bypassed. Mahathir instead chose Pak Lah. Many thought Pak Lah didn't have the backing that Najib had, that was why he was chosen. Mahathir was plotting against democracy, as Najib already had stronger support as compared to Pak Lah. As a sop, he made Pak lah appoint Najib as deputy, this declaration was made even when it is Pak Lah who had the prerogative to appoint his deputy. I don't know which is worse, Mahathir's actions or subsequent attempts to cover it up!

>>Well, i guess that happens when you happened to have a real job running a real country.<<

I guess the above is what happens when someone wants to cling on to power. In a democracy, in order to gain power, one has to be prepared to GIVE UP power in the same way the power was initially gained... not through the subjugation of institutions and the related processes. There is no need to do what Mahathir did, using money, the EC, the police, judiciary and media to stay in power at the people's expense. He even introduced the quota system in UMNO when he almost lost to Ku Li.

That period will go down in history as a textbook defininition to what went wrong in a third world sort of way in Malaysia. Ironic indeed when the country is pushing for developed nation status by 2020?

Dream on!

Hamba said...

A party that is filled to the brim with T-rex, vultures, ring worms, leeches, fleas and e-coli bacteria will never want to change... Change meant the death of them. So it's an impossibility. You'd sooner change Malaysia into a democratic nation than change UMNO...

amoker said...

They will go more extreme. Now, they are talking about SS espionage like during the Nazi time. Kah kah ... fat hope.

Anonymous said...

Majority rules, that's democracy