Tuesday, July 20, 2010

UMNO's Priority During a Political Crisis: Malay Unity Over 1Malaysia?

PM Najib's 1Malaysia is an attractive concept that most Malaysians will be able to accept if his leadership shows some seriousness in implementing it. However, it is quite clear that his party and his leadership prefer Malay unity over 1Malaysia during a political crisis.

UMNO is facing one of the most daunting political challenges since the leadership tussle in 1986-7 between two of its top leaders. It could be facing a permanent lost of support from non-Malay voters in the next few general elections unless its leadership starts to accept its wider responsibility of governing a multiracial society.

It is unfortunate for UMNO to read the lost of support from non-Malay voters as a sign of threat from the communities. Some of the party leaders had accused the non-Malays for making excessive demands and questioning the Malay special rights.

Hence, the party warlords have been urging the party to court PAS, the second most influential Malay Muslim party, to initiate a Malay unity.

Sadly, this unity is not a solution to remedy the community's backwardness. A Malay unity cannot be formed on the basis of revenge or hate against other communities. It will not become a potent force which can help to transform the community's fortune. It must be formed on the basis of grit, determination, awareness and a strong will to enhance the capacity of the community.

However UMNO may perceive of the community's mindset, there has been a monumental change in the last few years. Some Malay leaders have openly debated and argued against the kind of protectionist and racial politics played by UMNO and its supporters. Many of them have done it in a commendably intellectual manner - through creativity (cartoons) and in writing. They have inspired a great number of Malay youths to think beyond the racial dogma created by UMNO. Some UMNO leaders, the enlightened ones, have urged the party to change its way or risks being buried politically.

Organizations like Perkasa was not able to mobilize the Malay masses. Most of its members came UMNO members which explains the symbiotic relationship between the two and sometimes the desperation of UMNO in trying to get the Malays to back its effort to intimidate the non-Malays to support them without condition. Dr M had used the May 13 incident in most of the general elections he had participated to intimidate the non-Malays.

Unfortunately, the world around us has changed. The political climate within the country has changed too. Ultimately, some of the Malays may ask the main purpose of Malay unity. Poverty and backwardness still felt by a large portion of the Bumiputera community was not inflicted by the non-Malays. In fact, a great number of non-Malay Bumiputeras were neglected by the system created by the ruling regime. A number of Malays were victims of corruption and nepotism enabled by the NEP.

It is easy for the ruling party, UMNO, to call for a Malay unity. It is harder for the party leadership to explain the need of Malay unity or what it can do to help address the multifarious problems faced by the community. It cannot help to curb corruption, nepotism, wastage and abuse of power.

To the other non-Malay component parties in BN, they should be wondering why the lead party is making such a parochial call instead of addressing a larger issue of BN is no longer seen as representing all Malaysians. 1Malaysia is facing a great threat every time UMNO is calling for Malay unity.

It will come a time when members of these component parties will ask their leadership the purpose of sticking around a coalition that exists only in name and not in spirit.

PM Najib will have to be decisive in his choice. He must choose between Malay unity and 1Malaysia. He must do it now.

His administration should focus on real issues and challenges and not on the non-Malays. It is a fact that the country's economic model is failing. Our education system is fast becoming a sick 'institution' in Asia. We are not able to create more jobs, attract more investments and stop the slide. He cannot just speak reform but he must actually implement his talk.

This is a time when we need workable solutions and not more empty talks, crazy propositions and lofty unity ideas.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those guys should spend more time managing their ministry rather than managing umno and politics.Can somebody PLEASE have the guts to tell them our education is going nowhere, our financial position(FDI) is not looking good,....we cannot allow ourselves to be taken over by so many of our neighbouring countries.TOLONG-lah

Leithaisor said...

One of the slogans UMNO personalities have long been fond of spewing is "Demi bangsa, agama dan negara". Is that an indication of their mindset? That bangsa comes first before religion and the nation?

Further evidence that UMNO leaders and wannabe leaders, even a useful-to-UMNO "leader", tend to use the pembela bangsa racist card is legion. Even Najib as both PM and Finance Minister tries to promote his NEM, we have various personalities racing forth to defend the NEP rights and demand that 30% of this and that be retained.

UMNO has had a noble role in the fight for both the Malays and the nation. It cannot be denied that while the goal is a united Malaysia, we are not there yet, so a certain sense of responsibility for the rights of Malays can is understandable.

But it is evident that the pembela bangsa angle has been, and is being, abused by certain personalities for what may well be ulterior motives, far diverse from Najib's 1Malaysia.

najib manaukau said...

This is just an Umno's political move !
You must have the brain of a moron that you also have like that of Umno, if you believe that Umno cares for the unity of the Malays or for that matter that Umno cares for anything aside from the gravy train. We know your tricks all of your tricks Umno use something new !

Anonymous said...

The leaders and 'advisers' in Perkasa are Umno or Ex-Umno guys.These guys fall out of flavor in the present administration and becomes 'have been' or irrelevent.So, they are stirring up now.

charleskiwi said...

Why talk about Malay unity ?
When Umno very policies they implement is just doing the opposite, they believe in divide and continue to rule ?
Why talk about uniting only the Malays ?
9 millions of non Malays are still Malaysians.
A racist idea coming from the racists, how about coming up with ideas and implement policies to unite the whole of Malaysia ?

Anonymous said...

The unity came from a faulty premise - Malay losing power! 1Malaysia as I see it - UMNO diutamakan; kuasa Di percepatkan!

Anonymous said...

UMNO should ask itself why it was unable to unite the Malays over the last 50 years it has been in power?

UMNO should ask itself why the Malays are still backward economically.

UMNO has persistently oppressed the Malays in the Opposition. It had bankrupted many Malays who were in Semangat 46, PAS and PKR. Many were denied their very rice bowl.
When UMNO was strong it never considered Malay unity.

Now it wants a lifeline from PAS.
Malay unity will always remain a dream, an elusive dream.

Anonymous said...

WHY ONLY NOW DID THEY NEEDED THAT MALAY UNITY SO BADLY??? FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS NON-MALAYS NEVER EVER VOTED FOR PAS, BUT GE-12 WAS THE TURNING POINT FOR PAS EVERSINCE THEY JOINED PAKATAN RAKYAT AND NOW UMNO FEARED THAT ALL MALAYS AND NON-MALAYS WILL VOTE WISELY IN ORDER TO KICK THEM OUT BECAUSE OF ALL THE MISMANAGEMENT OF THE ECONOMY AND CORRUPTIONS BY THEIR UMNO ROGUE LEADERS. PAS DID NEVER ENJOYED SUCH GREAT SUPPORT FROM ALL SEGMENTS OF SOCIETY AND MALAYS AND NON-MALAYS ESPECIALLY IF THEY EVER BETRAY THE PAKATAN RAYKAT, PAS WILL BE AS NON-POPULAR AS UMNO OF TODAY, BECAUSE POLITICS IS NO LONGER ABOUT RACE BUT HOW WELL WILL THE NEXT GOVERNMENT ABLE TO BRING MALAYSIA FORWARD TO BE PROGRESSIVE AND UNCORRUPTIBLE GOVERNANCE SO THAT ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS OF MALAYSIANS WILL NOT SUFFER IN POVERTY LIKE THE CORRUPTED COURSE UMNO BN IS NOW TAKING MALAYSIA TO HELL WITH ITS NARROW MINDED RACIALIST AND CORRUPTIONS TAINTED PROGRAMS.

Chong said...

I think Najib never choose 1Malaysia, he is keen on malay unity. Malay unity is the main course in his mind, 1M is only a slogan to capture non-malay hearts. That's why none of the UMNO taiko support 1M, even DPM only talk about malay unity.

He think that with all muslim under UMNO, UMNO can still control Putrajaya. The the times change, the malay today are more educated and more intelegent than previous. UMNO fate is now at the hand of Malay, not UMNO anymore.

If malay choose UMNO, Malaysia future gone. If malay abondan UMNO, Malaysia can still breath again........

Anonymous said...

All these racialistic, lazy and doing nothing bums esp from Perkasa, Gertak and some NGOs are only interested in protecting their rights and grabbing the country wealth. While most non malays and some genuine, moderate hard working malays works their guts out to try and move the country forward.
Even Indonesia have their FDIs increased by 46% while Bolehland has drop drastically. Very soon there will be illegal malaysian maids running to Indonesia to find work.
How pathetic!!!