I have throughout my two years stint as a named Blogger, always said that there are many credible and good thinking men in UMNO. I have many friends in UMNO. Most of them are the emerging young who (3.7million) will not be heard and thus did not vote BN or voted opposition.
Here is one who verbalized his frustrations at not being heard by UMNO. He found his voice in Malaysiakini:
Umno doing the same thing it condemns others for
Abdul Rahman | Mar 2, 09 3:43pm
I refer to the Malaysiakini report
I read with sadness as an Umno member the behaviour of a group of Umno Youth in ‘mobbing’ Karpal Singh within the premises of the Parliament itself. Such behaviour should be condemned irrespective of what is said in Parliament.
If we as Malaysians are to react in this way to words uttered in Parliament by members of Parliament, I guess there would be a daily ‘mob’ in Parliament. As Umno members, we have set a bad example for others.
I find many instances where we as Umno members condemn others but yet do the very same thing we condemn others of. The same happened when we seized power in Perak from the Pakatan Rakyat government.
We condemn Anwar Ibrahim for encouraging and taking in party-hoppers, yet we did the very same thing in Perak that we condemn the PR of. We lose dignity and respect as a party. The impact is worse on our leaders, particularly our prime minister-in-waiting and the home minister.
Some of the statements made by our ministers are truly insulting our intelligence and are disgraceful. This is why BN, and Umno in particular, are losing support among Malaysians. We never ‘walk the talk’ and we are a disgrace to the nation.
The defence made by our Umno Youth exco member, Reezal Merican Naina Merican, on the Umno Youth episode in Parliament is bad excuse and an insult to anybody's intelligence. He should have kept his mouth shut.
Let me quote what was reported : ‘If we were to curse Karpal by saying 'celaka Singh', it would surely anger the Sikh community as it had hurt the Malays as Umno Youth is representing the Malays.’
Calling a person ‘celaka Singh’ is insulting the whole Sikh community, not Karpal Singh alone. The context of the language used in this form refers all who carry the name Singh, namely all Sikhs.
However, when Karpal Singh called our Umno Youth celaka, he is refering to Umno Youth alone, not all Umno members (for instance like me who is just an ordinary Umno member ) and definitely not all Malays.
It was a specific reference to UmnoYouth only. Please do not put all Malays into the picture. Sad to say, with the current condition in Umno, I dare not say we represent our Malay race anymore in
The Things done by many of our government agencies have been seen and perceived to be biased and in favour of BN and Umno. If I am to put myself in a neutral position without favouring any side, be it Umno or PR, I would tend to believe that there is an element of bias.
Take for example the recent MACC incident where investigations into a car and some cows were put at the forefront ahead of investigations into those who have embezzled millions from our nation's coffers. No wonder the MACC has been called ‘Malaysian Agency for Car and Cows’.
The MACC chief has been seen to have a tendency to reveal names of opposition leaders more than that of government or BN members. The police force is also seen that way, with a tendency to arrest opposition members rather than BN or Umno members.
Even right now, the public distrust of the police force is obvious as they have been perceived to be a tool used by the BN government to act against opposition members.
I hope our Umno leaders will wake up and change. I will not be surprised if we are to lose in all the coming by-elections because of the way we in Umno behave, particularly our leaders.
The worst nightmare would be if we would undergo another political tsunami come the next general election. Enough have been said. We have to change now if we want to remain significant in Malaysian politics.
I went through the Japanese Occupation as a child and running into air-raid shelters provided by the Japanese school I attended, when the siren sounded; I went through the Emergency Years where we sat by our Philips radio at 7:00pm to listen to the daily report of how many "bandits" (we did not call Chin Peng's people terrorists yet) or how many security forces were killed; I went thru the Confrontation years; I experienced first hand May 13. I still bear a mark of a slap that broke my spectacles when I pleaded for safe-passage for my Malay colleague Ronnie Hamid who lived above me. I went into the infamous Tiong Nam with my parish priest Fr. Lawrence LeGuen to bring home a Malay maid who had to breast-feed her baby in Kampong Chempedak near Sentul Dalam. Father Larry (who fogot to display his Red Cross sticker) and I had gun muzzle pointed at our heads at the check-point in Jalan Raja Laut.
MALAYSIANS DON'T DESERVE THESE.
I HOPE AND PRAY FOR
GOOD SENSE TO
PREVAIL IN PERAK