Leadership isn't just about passing a big piece of legislation. For that matter its not about dishing out a slogan- dare to change of setiakawan or whatever. Khir Toyo doesn’t have a clarion call- his is just the pragmatic assertion of wanting to win back lost ground. Ok, we can live with all that. But how?
Because leadership is also about explaining and thereby gaining trust and confidence from a public -- including UMNO public -- that's otherwise afraid and confused. A credible and powerful explanation is necessary right now -- about where we've been, how we got into this mess( losing so many states, losing ground with Malay voters , and how a particular plan (if they have thought of one), will get us out of it.
And so like the old lady in the burger king ad, I ask- where’s the beef? All contenders for the ketua pemuda post have proven themselves uniquely unable to explain anything to anyone. The outgoing KP, the ever grinning Hummer lover Hshamudin Hussin , for his part, is hopeless and hapless. Worse than a lame duck, he's a seriously disabled parakeet, with no remaining store of public trust. Mukhriz Mahathir, shy and reticent ( about willing to debate) seems like an able fellow but his capacity to communicate is almost as bad as his predecessor's. Khir Toyo and even KJ or KJ’s people are too busy pointing fingers of blame to be capable of explaining much of anything and summoning confidence. Thus we see KT’s boys demonising TDM and KJ’s people doing the same.
And fewer than 4 months before the UMNO election, all candidates are inevitably caught up in intra-party wrangling.
The leadership vacuum could not happen at a worse time. If UMNO’s collective wisdom remain frozen, we'll soon witness a huge round of internal strife and implosion. We're in completely uncharted terrain. That spells trouble for the incoming UMNO president and PM. and so like Lenin, a long time ago, DS Najib askes the question that Lenin put out to his comrades…What is to be done?