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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The Future of UMNO-2



There's an interesting management book written by two authors which must be taken up as reading material in addition to the current UMNO vogue of mentioning Blue Ocean Strategy. Yes, we know lah, the PM reads BOS- but we get turn off when others trip over each other trying to see who mention the title more in the hope the PM notices them. There are many people around who make it a habit of quoting management books which are the rage of the times treating as though they contained some formula of biblical significance. Itulah- the last time your mothers told you to take up the harder subjects, you chose to membaca hikayat and all those books with fairy tales. Now as you grow into adults, you suddenly come across some literature totally alien to you and therefore you quickly adopt them as breakthroughs. To you that is.

Barry J. Nalebuff and Adam M. Brandenburger used the term co opetition as the title of a book on game theory. ( Co-opetition) The term implies that while you compete you must also cooperate. Two seemingly contradicting postulates but which are in reality two sides of a coin. For example, UMNO needs to cooperate with its competitors on common grounds- such as the war against corruption, advocacy of the rule of law, establishing the rules of the game to compete. We are all for those things. But UMNO people must have an open mind- UMNO's willingness to co-opetitate must not be seen as a weakened position. Remember our long term interest is to secure market leadership. Our competitors too need to embrace this new way of competing and cooperation at the same time. We can agree on certain principles and universal values. Otherwise, we ALL shall be seen as digging in our partisan foxholes. But never mind if they don't. We do well for ourselves.

This new paradigm is worth looking into. In the business game we can have several winners: 'The goal is to do well for yourself.' In the game of politics, the same idea should be adopted. We all can do well for ourselves. Very often politicians from both divides have the human tendency to try to 'blow them out of the water' when challenging other competitors. Sadly this tendency is present in the 2 biggest Malay parties- UMNO and PAS. When challenged in turn, the tendency is to denigrate the opposition and to engage in wishful thinking about its certain total failure: when that fails to materialise, the next step is to go to extremes in the attempt to assert the threatened superiority. PAS has been quick to label UMNO people as infidels( when its 'superiority as spokesman of Islam is threatened) while UMNO has been calling PAS as empty vessels making a lot of noises about Islam but hasn't implemented anything to that effect.

Think of wastage. Nobody has calculated the total cost UMNO lost in the effort to drive PAS from its position in Kelantan. Or the costs involved when trying to blow PAS out of the water and the cost to PAS as it attempts to inflict the same on UMNO. UMNO itself handed Kelantan into PAS's lap in the 70's when it decided to include PAS into the BN. UMNO became host to the political germ in the form of PAS. Both are offering similar products complementing each other.

UMNO could have spent resources better had it applied them to states like Penang , Perak and Selangor. Because these are offering competing products. The problem with UMNO is, it has this 'enemy' syndrome which encourages wasteful choking up of resources on its part which is confronted with reciprocal behaviour from PAS that in the end result in the weakening of the two political parties. Sadly this enemy syndrome is more pronounced in UMNO than in PAS. PAS has concentrated to do well for itself in Kelantan rather than expend resources in blowing UMNO out of the water. Not so with UMNO- they adopted maniacally xenophobic tactics when dealing with PAS. In doing so, they come perilously close to opposing Islam as PAS is closely associated to that cause. As the opposing side, I like it when PAS is represented by the bellicose voices of Messrs Tantowi and gang.

In reality, the two protagonists in the world of Malay politics have more similarities rather than differences. Both are Malay based, both Islamic and share the same cultural and historical heritage. I mean we can compete but not to the extent of each trying to do scorched earth tactics on each other. If you offer similar products and you compete mercilessly, it's a zero sum game. You can't get more without lessening what the other gets.

What about the blow them out of the water attitude? These reactions, are basically more emotional than rational. As Nalebuff and Brandenburger note, the 'win-lose' is the best strategy so long as you get the win. As the last 7 or 8 elections have shown, UMNO can't win like it usually did in the past. And in the 12th GE, UMNO lost 5(now 4) states and its 2/3 commanding majority. So, it has to abandon this notion, that it can annihilate the enemy. It's better for UMNO to focus on how to do well for itself.

Doing well for itself calls for UMNO to re-examine and transform its own structure. Build up on its organisational strength by ensuring good and capable leadership all around. Imbibe UMNO with better values. Don't compromise on quality and similar values. Adopt elements of the new nationalism- declare war on corruption and mediocrity. We know the Pakatan people haven't got superior quality people too. They are scrapping the bottom of the barrel which is abundantly clear when it is forced to accept renegades from ruling coalition partners. UMNO cannot bank its resurgence on the demerits of its opponents. It must rebound on its own native strengths and capabilities. Hence rather that applying resources in trying to blow out its opponents, better spend them on rebuilding UMNO.

Most times the 'win-win' is the most effective approach: 'You can compete without having to kill the opposition.' The choice has to be made by 'hard-headed thinking.'

So, the task for right minded Malaysians is to find hard headed thinkers. When UMNO wanted to establish common grounds to cooperate with PAS, I was sceptical about the idea if such a move only serves to act as deterrent to UMNO undertaking its own transformation. That is no longer my position if UMNO does what are needed in transforming its brand. UMNO therefore appears to have saner voices and hard headed thinkers than PAS. Old school PAS is restrained by the conservative thinking of people like Nik Aziz and Husam Musa and their supporters who are hardened in their thinking that UMNO is the enemy.

An understanding of the idea argued by Nalebuff and Brandenburger is instructive. Their advice argues that the strategic/tactical stance is decisive.

For example, in many markets, it's a positive gain when new competition arrives. If you're running the only antique shop for miles around, far fewer people will call than if half-a-dozen others cluster round you. The more companies supply connection to the Internet, and the more sites that are established on the World Wide Web, the more users will pile in - to the advantage of everybody. You have to be both Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, because...

• There's a bias towards seeing every new player as a threat
• But many players complement you as well as compete with you
• Look for complementary opportunities as well as competitive threats

How do hard-headed and clever planners react to this kind of scenario? Most probably, the hard-headed politicians will react to this seemingly gentlemanly theory by pointing to the innumerable cases where those thuggish competitors have attacked by undermining successful initiatives with me-toos. They retaliate in kind, believing they are likely to win. Take an example. Islam Hadhari. It was implemented probably to undermine what PAS has been doing believing that with its resources, UMNO can cut off PAS at its base. I think, in the classic Hollywood terminology, this is one Islamic show that bombed badly. No one talks about Islam Hadhari nowadays and the former Brig- Gen who now sits as minister in the PM's office is left with the responsibility of how best to salvage the idea. At one time, he was also a vocal purveyor of the idea. Let's see whether he can adopt the co-opetition strategy.

If he is a hard-headed and clever planner (not just hard-headed behind that steely persona), he copes with this by building defences against aggression and/or imitation into that hard-headed and clever thinking. As Nalebuff and Brandenburger explained:

1. When N&B say build the strongest possible customer franchise, with the highest possible customer satisfaction translates politically into franchising all the suraus and masjids in this country with the same module and start selling it to the public. . All the imams and even the chairman of the management committee must be instructed with the same modules so that they speak consistently and with the same voice. They must be turned into knowledgeable workers. Nothing is more depressing, when imams don't seem to know what they are talking and even worse by saying they admit they don't know anything about this new product. Your own people kill your product. This kind of honesty doesn't come from the purest of intentions but results from stupidity- you simply haven't learn the new skill sets.

2. Support the franchise by investing heavily in the brand translates into saying you concentrate resources at the frontlines not in the backrooms. The ones needing resources and help are those in the frontlines dealing with customers on a day to day basis.

3. Raise volume to take advantage of the learning curve - which reduces costs as output increases. This will entail doing the maximum number of programmes on a continuing basis. Remember, victory over an idea must be won over and over again.

4. Aggressively protect your market share/volume to prevent others from winning the above economies of scale. This translates into leaving no room for your competitors to duplicate the steps you have taken because you have offered the public better services and products which are consistently supplied.

Co-opetition requires different skills and mind-sets. The excellent strategist seeks to gain market share, not through having the lowest costs in the business, but through using that position as a means to an end - the object being industry leadership. That's where co-opetition comes. Take the example of trying to outdo PAS in Islam. UMNO came out with its Islam Hadhari image. It flooded the market with this brand hoping to undercut the Islam PAS is offering. PAS retaliated by offering its Islam through the usual and more cost effective method- that of 'selling' their products and services through the ubiquitous suraus and mosques. UMNO wanted to do it with much fanfare and festivity. At the end of 5 years, our understanding of Islam Hadhari is probably not much better than our understanding about it when Islam Hadhari the brand was first announced

Think of co-opetition in the more familiar comparison between tactics and strategies. Tactics are short term which appear to contradict with strategy, which is long term. The tactics which you take need not oppose strategic interests but complement them. That's why divorcing strategy from tactics is impossible. UMNO's strategy was to resume fast growth by expanding strongly into re-branding Islam. The tactical drive was to inundate the market with its Hadhari brand in such manner which PAS wouldn't seek to match. PAS stayed clear using this method. The result for UMNO was profitless growth. We still don't understand what Hadhari is while our understanding of Islam remains unaffected by Hadhari. The strategy of gaining leadership in the cause of Islam would have been obtained more cost effectively by carrying out complementary tactics – by offering better preaching methods and better preachers. Surau and mosque goers want knowledge deepening services and not just book-cover understanding. Surau and mosque goers want less fire and brimstone-free proselytising and more spiritual soothing calls to religion. The idea is to manage the powerful combinations of strategy and tactics or using the novel management term, stratics and tactegy.

31 comments:

Wenger J Khairy 22 September 2009 at 11:48  

Hi Dato'
Thanks for once again spending some time coming out with a well explained point of view. I had to read your posting twice and do a bit of searches on Lebai Google to ensure I got the right message.

As a summary, I believe that you suggest, PAS - UMNO co-opt as a means to jointly strengthen themselves. Wikipedia lists the cooperation between Peugot and Toyota as an example of 'co-opetition'

I believe that the crux of your message is summarized in the following paragraph
This new paradigm is worth looking into. In the business game we can have several winners: 'The goal is to do well for yourself.' In the game of politics, the same idea should be adopted. We all can do well for ourselves. Very often politicians from both divides have the human tendency to try to 'blow them out of the water' when challenging other competitors. Sadly this tendency is present in the 2 biggest Malay parties- UMNO and PAS. When challenged in turn, the tendency is to denigrate the opposition and to engage in wishful thinking about its certain total failure: when that fails to materialise, the next step is to go to extremes in the attempt to assert the threatened superiority. PAS has been quick to label UMNO people as infidels( when its 'superiority as spokesman of Islam is threatened) while UMNO has been calling PAS as empty vessels making a lot of noises about Islam but hasn't implemented anything to that effect

I had to re-read this para a couple of times
.What about the blow them out of the water attitude? These reactions, are basically more emotional than rational. As Nalebuff and Brandenburger note, the 'win-lose' is the best strategy so long as you get the win. As the last 7 or 8 elections have shown, UMNO can't win like it usually did in the past. And in the 12th GE, UMNO lost 5(now 4) states and its 2/3 commanding majority. So, it has to abandon this notion, that it can annihilate the enemy. It's better for UMNO to focus on how to do well for itself.

Doing well for itself calls for UMNO to re-examine and transform its own structure. Build up on its organisational strength by ensuring good and capable leadership all around. Imbibe UMNO with better values. Don't compromise on quality and similar values. Adopt elements of the new nationalism- declare war on corruption and mediocrity. We know the Pakatan people haven't got superior quality people too. They are scrapping the bottom of the barrel which is abundantly clear when it is forced to accept renegades from ruling coalition partners. UMNO cannot bank its resurgence on the demerits of its opponents. It must rebound on its own native strengths and capabilities. Hence rather that applying resources in trying to blow out its opponents, better spend them on rebuilding UMNO.


So in conclusion, am I right to assume that you are suggesting it is more beneficial to UMNO for it to adopt a conciliatory approach towards PAS?

And in similar vein, you argue that when both sides adopt the 'blow the enemy out of the water' , UMNO bears the greater casualty. Which once again strengthens the earlier point.

Sounds good. This 'labelling' syndrome needs to stop at some stage, because it seems PAS can inflict greater damage to UMNO than UMNO can ever inflict on PAS.

I totally agree with you.

Very Concerned Malaysian 22 September 2009 at 11:52  

Datuk,

UMNO/BN has robbed the country blind. Just look at PKFZ and also Bakun dam. UMNO don't deserve to have you as a member. Abandon UMNO and make a fresh start somewhere else.

Don't kill the messenger 22 September 2009 at 11:58  

Bakun dam to be much worse than PKFZ scandal:

"But if the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal is anything to go by, the leaks and non-accountability all along the line will result in Malaysian taxpayers paying billions for the same kind of daylight robbery."

UMNO/BN will continue robbing the nation's wealth. Help put a stop to it Datuk. Abandon ship and take the fight elsewhere.

sleepy Ghani 22 September 2009 at 12:29  

UMNO has no future. How can UMNO expect any future after taking unethically so much from the nation. Or maybe UMNO do have a future - hopefully a very bad future

Greenbug 22 September 2009 at 12:35  

Looks like you have rid yourself of your sheepskin and reveal yourself as the original UMNO wolf and you really are. I always respected your articles for their frank non-partisan stances but lloks like now this has turned into another UMNO blog. Goodbye.

Saya anak Bangsa Malaysia 22 September 2009 at 12:36  

Datuk,

Just look at what BN is doing to our country and people - Bakun dam to be much worse than PKFZ scandal. When will all this hanky panky stop? Will you help stop it?

Anonymous,  22 September 2009 at 14:11  

You can have the best strategies in the world,the firepower in terms of money and ground forces BUT if those tasked with the execution does not have the passion and are merely mercenaries..it will never succeed.

And another cardinal rule of competition is to find niches where one can have a competitive edge and develop new approaches rather then total reliance on frontal assault and big is beautiful concept.

And as long the salesman selling the new product is the same guy who sold an ultra defective product in the past,he is unlikely to win too many sales.

Forget the high faluting geek speak.

UMNO three step plan should be;

1>>Remove tainted leaders
2>>Choose those willing to sacrifice for the cause to lead
3>>Focus on giving fishing rod.

Insyaallah,if the leadership is genuine the rewards will flow.

Anonymous,  22 September 2009 at 14:21  

so in the eye of people like you islam is nothing more than a product to be sold in order to make some profit that only need better marketing strategy hahahahaa.

Anonymous,  22 September 2009 at 14:38  

salam datuk,

i hope that your foregoing conclusions are not to ask us to forgive UMNO's blatant abuse of power for 50 over years.

UMNO/BN has of course did the country a lot of things but to sweep the bad things it has to be accounted for under the carpet is another matter.

The crux is blatant abuse of the government institutions as well as the disintegration of the harmonious relationship between races by the government's mouthpieces calling for greater Malay Unity BY FANNING RACIALIST SENTIMENTS is unforgivable.

And last but not least the blatant siphoning of public's money through mega projects.

Where is the accountability required as well as the call for the voice of democracy and checks and balances?

BR

passerby

Wenger J Khairy 22 September 2009 at 14:41  

Actually I dont get some of these commentators. There are over 101 blogs telling them what they want to hear, that UMNO is dead, finished, burried, corrupt ridden, yada yada yada.
Why on earth do they want to share that same opinion over here??
Aah some people, must they be continually told that they are right, will having one dissenting opinion cause enough for them to go bezerk. In that case, whats the difference between themselves and the UMNO they claim to hate, after all, both seems to be unable to respectfully appreciate another point of view. Sounds very hypocritical to me..

Wenger J Khairy 22 September 2009 at 14:51  

Interestingly, by refusing to consider Dato's opinion with an open mind, and resorting to labelling him, (one even walked off in a huff), the commentators prove Dato's point that right now we are in a 'blow them out of the water' mode of politics.

CROONy 22 September 2009 at 15:13  

Datuk Sak,

You have the responsibility to ensure UMNO don't use the F1 to enrich cronies and itself.

Anonymous,  22 September 2009 at 17:04  

Sakmongkol,

When BN open the first Ali-Baba shops, PKR, DAP and Pas found it hard to match and to compete with them. That type of business (selling Ali-Baba products) worked so well. As a result, for over 50 years Pas and Dap could only managed to get a small portion of the market shares. That actually is not enough for the long term survival -- more is needed!

For that, BN's share of the market must be reduced further and getting that sort of task done was by no mean feat on the part of the oppositions. The only way possible at that time was to constantly put certain pressure on the Ali-Baba concept, hopefully the products (BN) itself would also been affected.

Unfortunately that kind of aggressive tactic was only successful for a short period of time. Therefore a new strategy is badly needed to replace the old one. A campaign was launched and this time the strategy was to bring down the product's (BN) good reputation directly!

This is what any of the Malaysian' badly managed enterprise usually do. If they can't compete with the other players (the other competitors) the only strategy they know of was to tell the customers about the bad aspect of its opponent's product and that include the halal/haram part. Hmmm, How to expect this type of local entity to go international?

Nowadays, not only BN being the only product derived from the Ali-Baba concept but the market is seeing the emergence of a new product which is based on similar concept, that is PR. The only difference is that, in PR it is Ali who is doing all the donkey work but then Baba is the one getting most of the benefit!

Nothing wrong with that as long as Ali is fully aware what is going on and what he is doing. Hopefully, the new Ali is doing the right thing this time around.

Antihipokrit.

"sun" of KJ John 22 September 2009 at 17:14  

Because you are still in UMNO, you have an obligation to make sure there is no hanky panky like selling public land for a song If not then you are guilty by association of corruption

Govt of Malaysia Inc:
"The public services of Malaysia, like the judicial services, were excellent at one time. Today, they are morally corrupt, if not reeking with incompetence at absolutely all the wrong places. For example, every other week I hear that the Economic Planning Unit is requesting and putting pressure on government departments to “under declare and sell government land to private entities for a song”.

not goon 22 September 2009 at 17:18  

Sakmongkol now has become another typical UMNO goon.

Anonymous,  22 September 2009 at 18:08  

Dato i have the book you mentioned bought many years ago but me not an umno member yet maybe i should seriously think should i join umno provided im going to deal with ppl like you not with a bunch of idiots that now manning umno i dont want to look fool like them do i? Oh btw at my age im still eligible to be under pemuda

"moon" of KJ John 22 September 2009 at 18:44  

Message for Datuk Sak:

"My dear friend, Mohd Sidek Hassan, you have always been a straight forward and truth-seeking person, whether in Washington DC, or in Miti (Ministry of Trade and Industry) or as the KSN (Chief Secretary to the Government) now.

Please carry on with such a straightforward performance driven agenda. But, please also be as firm and forthright with the prime minister and his cabinet; please do not cover up for their weaknesses, even if in the past."

Change Mohd Sidek to Mohd Sakmongkol. Do you have that caliber to do that?

walla 22 September 2009 at 18:47  

A: 'Interesting essay, no?'

B: 'Generic value, too. And as interesting as wenger's regression analysis!

But i have a problem with it, A.'

A: 'And that be?'

B: 'It's like Umno now trying to do what Pakatan had already done.

Look back. When Pakatan first started, it was just a motley lot cutting their teeth on the grindstone of modus vivendi. If anything, that's political coopetition. But Pakatan worked whereas BN didn't during GE12 because Umno and its cohorts chose not to see the seismic change in the fundamental sentiment of the voters which caused them to vote across racial and religious lines. Now Pakatan has moved ahead with things that reinforce even more the original sentiment, for example, malays running DAP branches, that reflect a refreshingly plural approach to politics.

Meanwhile BN has created its own contradictions. It is race-based but it wants to create a 1malaysia. Its individuals can be friendly but its governmental policies have damned entire communities. And it can talk about people first while scheming to take their rights at all costs using all the institutions of state under its control.'

A: 'Hey, i take exception to the last statement. Umno is not like that.'

B: 'Really? Then please explain to me why it is not alright for the rakyat to know as a matter of their basic right that the cabinet already knew about PKFZ's cost escalations. Instead of admitting guilt and cover-up, what you have is a feeble attempt at deflection. Please, the rakyat know all about double-standards, namely when caught, pin fault on the messengers. That sort of low IQ thing is almost blase these days.'

A: 'Do you see it getting worse, B?'

B: 'Of course. Especially when incumbents can define what is national security to their own political whims. Especially when there are at least five sets of standards in everything - take your time to think out the levels. Especially when a government can gerrymander constituencies and move entire army camps for persuaded postal voting.'

A: 'But BN didn't win in all postal votings before, B.'

B: 'Maybe it wants to use them selectively for strategic objectives. It's like Churchill hiding the fact that the british had cracked the german enigma code by deliberating not sounding the alarm to one of his cities which was targeted for luftwaffe bombing.'

walla 22 September 2009 at 18:47  

A: 'Wow, that's ruthless. So wouldn't you think politics can be made cooler by coopetition, say between Umno and PAS?'

B: 'What does that tell you, A? Doesn't it tell you that if Umno does that, it will be playing its last race-based card? What do you think will happen if Umno and PAS come together even if for temporary mutual benefit? It will split this country and make the ISA the most widely used act of power control. This country will split down the centre by race, BN will lose the two states of Sabah and Sarawak when religions get polarized between what will be federated and what will be politically unsupported, the rakyat will take to the streets, batons and acid water will rain, more hotels will have to be built in that town near Taiping and you can kiss goodbye to the short-lived 1Malaysia. Which means the end as well for 1MalaysiaFormula1. Logically, that is.'

A: 'I see what you mean. The absolute negative global branding of Malaysia followed by the absolute social disintegration and economic hollowing out of this country.'

B: 'Umno has already shown it cannot practise real coopetition. Take Penang, for instance. Why hasn't that twenty five million been released from khazanah to the Penang government for its unesco heritage project, and why did that state receive only 0.4 percent of the second stimulus package?

In fact, rakyat are starting to wonder about all that sixty seven billion ringgit. How much of that was actually part of the 9MP development allocation in which case how can it be be additionals and you can also ask if that be so, being for smaller contractors and so on, where are the bigger projects that would have to be new and additional to what was planned in the 9MP? Who would believe one can throw sixty seven billion into small projects? How many iron bridges have they built in Sarawak? Any for the Penans, for instance?'

A: 'Sigh, it's dangerous talking to you, B.'

B: 'I'm ok when not talking politics, A. Just that too much rubbish has been going on in this country. It's all not for us, A. It's all for the young ones. Basically, let me put it to you - this country's completely screwed.'

A: 'There will be a better tomorrow, B.'

B: 'That sounds familiar, A.'

Heart broken Malaysian 22 September 2009 at 18:51  

Datuk Sak,

We of course wish that you will be able to enter the promised land (do not just start well. Do finish well):

KJ JOHN: "Recently, in a bible study I am doing, I read about how the prophet Moses did not enter the promised land because he failed to obey God in the last years of his 120 year life."

looes74 22 September 2009 at 19:42  

hallNot goon,
Sak is always a UMNO goon. He's from UMNO. But he's the more moderate one. Like those progressive mandarins in Qing Empire, Sak is trying to revive UMNO. But just like Qing Empire in the late 19th century, the die is cast.
One can't rule in perpetuity. PAP knew it in 1984. Successfully had a makeover & facing it all over again. UMNO too.
Perhaps when Mahathir is no longer with Malaysia period, the demise of UMNO is set in motion

PM 22 September 2009 at 21:09  

I respect your call for umno to reorganize, but do you really think they would do so. Unless you have new blood, truely committed to administrating and not seeing dollars and cents in whatever they do or touch on??

When one mention UMNO, it is related to corruption.??

It is a formidable task for umno to get rid of their present image.

sun of Haris Ibrahim 22 September 2009 at 22:24  

Datuk,

I got an idea. If you stay with UMNO you die, if you join Pakatan you also die because most will be suspicious of a former UMNO goon, so what to do?

Join Haris's Anak Bangsa Malaysia and maybe Haris will cooperate with PR to field at least one "independent" candidate supporting PR ala those 3 blasted frogs in Perak.

Wenger J Khairy 22 September 2009 at 23:22  

Walla,
Thanks for the mention. Nice A-B conversation, especially on the Churchill cracking the Enigma code.

I can appreciate where Dato' is coming from, but can't see it happening anytime soon. Pas is strengthened because it wins all the time, until Pas faces a string of defeats would it want to abandon
its 'blow them out of the water' attitude. But I believe, its a never wrong to state an opinion, after all most advances in our modern life started as heresy at one time or the other.

As to the general direction and state of affairs, I totally agree, but until we are willing to look above the parapet, there will be no one coming out with the answers. It cannot be I think therefore I am situation.

ben,  22 September 2009 at 23:33  

Dato Sak,

Congrats for hitting the 1 million mark. Keep up the good work !

walla 23 September 2009 at 01:39  

Thanks, Wenger.

A mozzie buzzed me up to receive your sparkling comment.

I too had intuited Dato's dilemma long ago. None of my comments written these past weeks has been easy but only because i could appreciate his deep feelings for the party - it needs a win to overcome itself.

But so far it cannot find the marks to make that score. Seeing one's own team keep hitting own goals would have looked funny but for the fact of what TRH had said - it is dire.

Keep your chin up. Your blog IS quality stuff!

Anonymous,  23 September 2009 at 03:21  

Dato'

How is UMNO/BN going to lead the nation? Full of corrupted goons.

The PM needs to get rid of corruption and take actions to improve the Rakyat's lives. Then only can they win the Rakyat's hearts and minds.

Look at how the entire cabinet carry out their duties. One Rais yatim talked about the green dam and the next day, the PM over-rule and said no.

Look at how Moohiddin and Kerismuddin spouted their insensitive statements and the PM at the Raya open House urged everyone to be tolerant toward each other. These animal farm lot is not leading in unison. They are just spouting nonsense whenever they like. They show no leadership quality...how can Rakyat respect them?


The PM needs to discipline his own team first. A thorough clean-up of the Cabinet is needed.

Please tell UMNO/BN.

I never knew you are an UMNO member....I learnt it from your previous article.

I am very disappointed....have been a fan of your blog and articles but I have 2nd thoughts now.

Can you not see the injustice dished out by the UMNO/BN animal farm? You can't be that blind.

Anonymous,  23 September 2009 at 13:11  

Walla hit the target with his argument. It would be like old wine in new bottle. If DSN is serious about 1Malaysia, the union with PAS should not be on his mind. If it is, then 1Malaysia will be a farce because it will show that there is no place for the non-Malays & non-Muslims.

The whole of BN needs to be revamp. All 3 component parties are in disarray. Young people ask a lot more questions nowadays compared to the folks previously. It is not so easy to hoodwink them anymore. The old ways of doing business has changed with information technology. There are cameras and recorders everywhere. YouTube has again shown the quality of some of the ministers.

The biggest mistake would be to assume that the people would accept the status quo. Nothing can be the same. BN has to go back to the fundamentals of good governance if she wants to remain in power and nothing less.

Anonymous,  23 September 2009 at 13:57  

When a government fails to deliver the ruling party must be changed.

PM's efforts are too feeble to change the negative and self serving mindsets of those in power.The checks and balance are existent only on paper.

Until PM have the courage to remove all the tainted leaders BN will continue with its current road to destruction.

The GLCs have been another source of the rakyat's grievance.But PM seems to continue to have high regard for geek speak and public relations spew.Even,the Rm 3 billion loss by Idris is rewarded by a Cabinet posting i.e similar to Amirshams Rm 3 billion loss ending up with being rewarded by a Ministerial status.NOW how can the Rakyat expect them to lead the economic revival?

My advise to PM is to have a private dialogue with the ex Tenaga,MAS,Telekom CEOs etc ( the 1970 to 1990 group) and ask their opinions as to wat benefit does the country get for paying current head honchos few million bucks compared to a few 100 k previously?

And what have UEM created since the change in management from TS Halim?And why can't Khazanah manage and create value from the fibre optics assets of Time directly ;instead of cheaply giving it away?

PM..management is not about writing reports and coming out with fancy slogans and public relations exercise.

Please lets have a New Deal.

karim 26 September 2009 at 20:21  

An insightfull post. Will definitely help.

Thanks,
Karim - Mind Power

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