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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

UMNO: the long and winding road



 
The recent Merdeka  centre survey showed that UMNO has still a long way to go. Only 12% of the Chinese respondents said they are satisfied with the Government/UMNO. Malays are split 50:50. The Indians- they are not so critical as they are easily swayable.
The survey also said that if PM calls for early elections, he has to project more of himself to win. The gravity of this finding needs to be appreciated. If UMNO's future depends on the weakened shoulders of one person, this means the party is bereft of leadership material. It is reduced to a party forced to manage its image instead of offering convincing direction and policies.
I am sorry to say this- at the moment what Najib has, is the made for TV image and persona of leadership. He is still struggling to impose his leadership substance. And he isn't helped on by his colleagues who are either disinterested or disconnected with his ideas. Or worse, his party members do not understand his leadership direction.
The party UMNO is so discredited. There were 3 main reasons- the leadership is only interested in themselves( read feathering their nests), playing politics and corruption is seen as growing bigger, aided and abetted by the government leadership.
If the party is discredited because of racist chauvinism as asserted by a senior minister, it would have lost its relevance a long time ago. UMNO has always been identified as a Malay chauvinist party. So, why could it stay relevant with the Malays for a long time? That could only suggest that its posturing on Malayness is an accepted trait. UMNO will always be as UMNO is, but what turned Malays and Malaysians against UMNO are the 3 things exposed by the survey; stupid UMNO politicians are interested in feathering their own nests, the level of corruption has reached its tipping point and there is too much politicking brought about by vacuous leadership material.
I have said it before and will repeat it here- the unfortunate truth is that UMNO leaders reached their eminent stature not because of producing great thinking but because they are adept at playing the political game. Hence instead of the cream rising to the top, you have the scum prevailing over others. UMNO is sliding because there are no more good men in leadership capacity.
In short, if elections were to be called early as in next year, UMNO will lose. The revolution that will occur will come about not because NEPish policies are abandoned, but more because UMNO cannot accept losing power.
Can you imagine, life as many UMNO bigwig politicians know for so long is no more? No more pillaging, no more abuses of power, no more avenue for rapacious greed, no more hiding behind your prowess of outshouting your opponents. No more concealing your mediocrity. That will be the end of the world for men and women accustomed to prevailing over others with bullying tactics and out-maneuvering others in political intrigues. These people will incite rebellion because they will find themselves cut off from their power bases and decapitated from wealth creating resources.
If the survey is taken in Pekan, I think the observations will be more correct. It is impossible for Najib to lose there and indeed there Najib enjoys an unassailable stature like Anwar Ibrahim to some of his followers. He can do no wrong.
But a victory alone in Pekan if cancelled out by massive losses elsewhere is of no use. UMNO still loses and that will be the end of Najib's career as PM. The problem is with UMNO and its leadership in general. It is a discredited brand name soiled by self interested leadership, mired in political intrigues and UMNO is seen as a party that promotes corruption.
How can UMNO redeem itself?
Bring in good men in government which means sack the mediocre material. Even a bad system can still be saved by having good people in leadership capacities. Perhaps it was this factor that made UMNO successful in the early days as they were more good leadership material. Honest and sincere leaders believing they could make a difference to the lives of the public. Good leaders were even forgiven for personal weaknesses. Tunku Abdul Rahman and even Tun Razak were partial to intoxicating drinks, by they were nevertheless tolerated because they could lead and because they don't trample over religion and their race.
Restore the people's faith in a party committed to offering the best and talented to the people. Remove all vestiges of ensconced privileges and political rules that impede and frustrate the emergence of new talent. The insistence of no campaigning for party positions is a mockery to the commitment to let diversity of leaders emerge.
Restore the public's faith in the resolve of the government to stem out corruption by going after the big guns. Start by opening the boxes infamously mentioned by one Ezam Mat Noor and go after the 18 high profile cases mentioned by Rais Yatim. Compel him to turn state evidence otherwise charge him for obstructing justice.

Restore the public's faith in our judiciary by first promoting judges of the highest integrity and sound technical knowledge of the law.
Restore the public's faith in the freedom of ideas by giving real press freedom. Allow opposition parties to publish their papers so that the public is accustomed to a contest of ideas and thinking.
And in this 21st century, there is hardly any justification to have a draconian piece of legislation such as the ISA. It is an archaic piece of legislation more relevant in an age of unreason. It is suitable in an age where we stamp our authority by using coercive instruments. In the age of reason, we secure public's faith and belief in us by the force of reason and civil argument. 


At the end of the day, good leadership must not only be heard, but must also be seen to operate.

33 comments:

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 06:01  

(...but what turned Malays and Malaysians against UMNO are the 3 things exposed by the survey; stupid UMNO politicians are interested in feathering their own nests, the level of corruption has reached its tipping point and there is too much politicking brought about by vacuous leadership material."

Well said, Dato...one more thing you forgot to mention is we have PEKAK Leaders (thanks to TDM grooming)

Yes, please continue the assault with the Leaders, solve the vital few and the trivial many will fix itself.

One test for the Leaders is
https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=28452020&postID=9026126045017079570

2 sen

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 06:02  

Dato Sak,
Great piece, step by step solutions needed by UMNO and the Malays. I couldn't agree more with you on the solution. If only it can be implemented we will see life of UMNO in the future, failing which it spell doom.UMNO will like the rest of other politcal parties which can't sustain when they reached the 5 decades in power.

LevelPlayingFieldMalay 31 August 2010 at 06:40  

My duty is not to make sure that BN will win the next election...but my duty is to make sure that PAS,DAP,PKR...will lose the next election.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 06:41  

Isn't NKRA,NKEA,GTP proof of professional and focussed leadership?Isn't 1 Msia an enlightened principle of people first & results driven culture.

PM Najib is revolutionising the management of a country..adopting best practises with milestoned targets.And the rallying call of 1Malaysia is the bedrock to guide the way forward.And,he is open to the best minds;cultivating talents through "output focussed" think tanks,labs and townhalls.

I think he will in time prove to be the best PM ever.

Its way too early to judge him but the ground work and intelligent approach should be lauded and supported by all.

Syabas PM..we are in good hands.Call for elections now..and prove to the naysayers that the vocals/pseudo intelligentsia (walla especially) can't silence the groundswell.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 06:45  

I think Bumis should give up the 30% NEP thing..give it to the cerebral non-racist Walla n friends.

We keep the 70% balance only lah.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 08:19  

People notice that talk of UMNO leadership comes up just before things started to turn south for the President?

Why not cut to the chase. The movement to overthrow Najib has started.

walla 31 August 2010 at 10:30  

anon 6.41 wrote:

"Isn't NKRA,NKEA,GTP proof of professional and focussed leadership?Isn't 1 Msia an enlightened principle of people first & results driven culture.......

Syabas PM..we are in good hands.Call for elections now..and prove to the naysayers that the vocals/pseudo intelligentsia (walla especially) can't silence the groundswell."

Isn't that interesting? But if anon 6.41 cares to check the blogsphere, walla was the first to suggest that since the GLCs have KPIs, the government ministries, departments and agencies should too. Months after writing that, the suggestion was taken up full-blown. Together with other suggestions.

So if Putrajaya takes to walla's suggestions, and walla is 'pseudo-intelligentsia', what does that make of Putrajaya - less than intelligent? And if Putrajaya is sub-intelligent, what does that make of anon 6.41? a pretender who thinks he can only win an argument by labellum?

Go home, anon 6.41, and take that thumb out of the mouth.

As for anon 6.45 (6.41):

why not 100%? it's a nice number, easy to remember, fuss-free to apply, reflective of the highest culture in the land.

hahahaha - today shall be a good, good day (some song, i believe).

..'song sung blue, everyone knows one..'

Quiet Despair,  31 August 2010 at 11:14  

Happy Birthday Sak and all Malaysians

I am at Bukit Jalil watching with pride the parade showcasing our patriotism.

Without UMNO, we will not have the Merdeka we are celebrating today.

Alfatihah to all our founding fathers.

May UMNO continue to reign supreme.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 11:31  

Gua caya lu la Dato'.
If there is a contest for PM of Malaysia, Will definitely vote for you and will close both eyes on the incumbent.
Salam Ramadhan dan tak lama lagi kita menyambut eidulfitri, so maaf zahir bathin semoga Dato' terus mencuba moga moga UMNO bolih insaf...boleh ke tok? Sebab deme semua buat dekk je macam tak de apa apa je.
Nasib nasib...entah lah YOB mati kite PRU 13 ni!!!

Melayu Baru,  31 August 2010 at 12:17  

1/3

Assalamualaikum Dato' Sak,

Would anyone out there disapprove of your analysis and writings of UMNO?

If you ask the ultras in UMNO, the leftist in opposition and the centrist - no one would dispute you.

Heck, even talk to some of the protagonist when they are in their mellow, melancholic, nostalgic mode - and even they will agree with your writing. (I know, I have as I have related in my previous posting. The stinging word : "Kalau macam ni cara UMNO, esok Melayu semua jahanam"

The fact will not change, though. The PM does not draw his power from all Malaysians, regardless of the result of the general election. Conventional thinking says he does - provided that he win the election first. Once BN win, his power is from the UMNO warlords. The Ketua Bahagians and those with voting power in UMNO election.

Herein lies the root of problem that you mentioned above. This is where UMNO is at its feudalistic root. Fuedalistic at its most puritanical form, minus the real estate.

All one need to do to ensure he has a shot at becoming the PM, or higher ups lies within this crowd. In order to appease this crowd and to draw their loyalty - it has to be rewarded. Material reward. And loads of it, as there are thousands of them. The pattern is repeated in a fractal form to even the lowest level. There may be pockets of exception - but rising on real leadership ability is the exception. It matters who can pay (even though the backers are non Malay). Root number one : Rasuah.

Oh, sorry, we are Malays do we call them a different name. Rasuah politik. Euphimism cant change the truth. Nothing hide the fact that corruption permeates at all levels. It becomes a set of belief, and practised.

Melayu Baru

Melayu Baru,  31 August 2010 at 12:17  

2/3

How does one define culture? A set of shared beliefs practised by many. Budaya Rasuah.

Regardless, to those who are in this game, it pays to maintain their power. Like a game of survivor, they have to outplay, outwit, outlast. Your real substance in leadership doesnt matter. Root number two and three : excessive politicking and becoming self centered.

If you are in this crowd, what the public think is not important. Why? Giving it up means loosing power and wealth. And given the entitlement mentality perpetuated by NEP, they will fight tooth and nail to keep it.

So, what you say here, while morally indefeasible and pass the law of truth - the reality operates at a different dimension.

You are on the 'say' dimension. The easy side. Where you, me - and all your visitors can debate and find the most convincing conclusion ever. The most rational. The one that makes sense.

Now, how do you take that to the 'do' dimension? In an environment where human (not only Malays - anyone on the gravy train will do the same) operates not on logic - but on emotion? How can the 'say' be converted to a 'do' in realpolitik?

PM Najib is under the same dilemma. Heck, even Tun AAB was having the same problem. They say all the right thing, but the execution is very poor.

Undoing the roots that you mentioned means taking the poison pill for UMNO. Or, undergoing a chemotheraphy on a weak patient. There's some chance for it to be successful - but it may kill the patient.

Melayu Baru

Melayu Baru,  31 August 2010 at 12:18  

3/3

Your strategy, if I read correctly, is to create a new consciousness in UMNO. Your noble idea is to make more and more people in UMNO think, and get critical mass to change. And hence the reason why I (and many others) said that you are up against a mighty task. You are trying to plant an idea that is so idealistic - yet foreign in an organization that does not understand what is wrong with itself. The change in UMNO will only occur once those in power - from the lowest level to the highest - acknowledge that they have a problem. Those on the gravy train now are busy grabbing whatever country's wealth, and it will not happen.

The easiest way to do this is to be outside of UMNO. UMNO now doesnt know what it has. It will only realize it when it is gone.

UMNO must change, that I will not dispute with you. But UMNO in its current form will not. Changing it meaning undoing the power and wealth base of those who have the interest to keep it.

Will they do it? The very people that has an expensive lifestyle to maintain, and supporters to please? For argument sake, let's say some of the more intelligent one accept your ideals.

The rest? The one which rise not necessarily due to leadership or intelligence? The one whose call to rise is not to forward the Malay agenda? The one who got power by being most politically astute, killing off their opponents? Will they give up their power?

You and I (and the rest of your debaters regardless of political affiliation) know the answer.

Melayu Baru

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 12:19  

It seems there is never ending stories of trying to win the next elections forgetting about why they are given the right to rule the country.

The entire country is headless, directionless and looking like one Zombie trying to outdo another Zombie.

So there three three camps... of Malays

UMNO two camps .. one for PM and the other to overthrow him.

Pakatan one camp... trying to take over Putrajaya.

( Malays Umno1 vs Malays Umno2) VS Pakatan

= Half dead UMNO Vs Pakatan

= Pakatan gets Putrajaya.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 12:23  

I am not a malay, but I am ok with the idea of helping to reduce the gap between the have and have nots. If this means giving poor malays a leg up , so be it. But don't forget the hardcore poor amongst other malaysians. I am ok with malays (not UMNO)having the most political power, because I am very sure there are capable malays amongst the many millions, who can run the country well, with wisdom, humbly and with justice. Therein lies the problem, even capable malays are sidelined for the sake of cronies within BN. I know there are capable malays, because I have worked with them. I think we need to concentrate on the future of the country. In the 70's, we used to be more developed than Vietnam, Korea, China and India. But these countries are catching up or have surpassed us. We should not fight over a small pie in the country, but for the much bigger pie that the world has to offer.

HAKIMAN,  31 August 2010 at 12:55  

UMNO leadership refusal to condemn Ibrahim Ali's politicised view of Islam in the case of Serdang MP's visit to the surau means UMNO is still locked in its race-centred view of Islam.

The former Mufti of Perlis succinctly puts the state of Islam in the country, when he said:

“...The approach of some politicians of late, who use the Islam as an excuse to invoke inter-racial strife, can actually create misunderstandings about Islam.It is these actions that truly sullies the religion.”
(http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/141408)

And one Muslim blogger's take on the beat-up controversy on a non Muslim MP's surau vist, which is stoked by Utusan Malaysia and Ibrahim Ali, put in context the unwarranted siege on Islam by parochially minded Malays (who are mainly UMNO-lovers and supporters). The Muslim blogger wrote:

"...The racism and religious bigotry practiced by some of our Malay Muslims have reached a crescendo. Things will only get worse with time if we fail to reverse this mental condition. We will simply be unable to do dig ourselves out of that hole if that happens and our nation will fall to ruin.

Why?

All because we choose to be political over the lowest discriminating factor: RACE.

Ibrahim Ali’s language about the issue reflects a horrible bigotry. He used the word ‘desecrate’ and the phrase ‘unclean DAP politician’.

He also rhetorically claims that this is a lesson from God showing how PAS has ‘sold out’ Islam and that this is visit is ‘shaitan confusing the Muslims’.

A cursory look at the Quran will show the reader that it is people like Ibrahim whom Muslims need to look out for, not YB Teo who is doing (knowingly or otherwise) exactly what the Quran wants.

The biggest irony is perhaps this: The Quran does tell the believers never to stop into one kind of masjid – the masjid where division is being preached (9/107-108)!..."
Click here to read more: http://beingmalaysia.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/countering-ibrahim-ali%E2%80%99s-view-on-teo%E2%80%99s-mosque-visit/

This is something people like SHAMSUL ANUAR and that hiding behind-the-mask uiet Despair should read and take note and then have a good look at themselves as Malay Muslims.

sniper,  31 August 2010 at 14:40  

UMNO should practice using the long and winding route so that the Spirit of Umno 1946 will stay forever.

When you start using shortcut and expressway, then UMNO will become like what your generation did to us.

Now the younger generation UMNO lead by KJ have come out with a more innovative ways to lose the support from the Malays.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 16:05  

Dato Sak,

What you are suggesting for UMNO to redeem itself is asking UMNO to commit suicide. Everyone in UMNO is interlinked with each other and if one falls, the others come tumbling down too. Otherwise why would the likes of Zakaria Deros, Khir Toyol, Muhammad Muhammad Taib and many others remain untouchable and above the law. If the cabinet ministers can give flimsy excuses of not declaring their personal wealth, what chance is there the supposedly boxes and boxes of Ezam Mohd Nor's evidences will be opened up.

OneMalaysian,  31 August 2010 at 16:33  

Dear Sakmongkol

You can only be described as an eternal optimist - or perhaps a dreamer. You obviously love UNMO, but that’s the UNMO of Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Razak. That party died in 1987, after the bruising battle where Dr M defeated - by foul means, some say – the courtly challenger, Tengku Razaleigh.

Institutionalized corruption began that infamous day. It was the start of “money politics”, which was used by the winning camp to buy off potential opposition votes. Since then, every camp and chieftain in UNMO builds “war chests”, through privatization projects on a no-tender basis, but all garnished with loads of variation orders (every project is massively over-budget). That’s how the politically powerful stays in power, by giving out contracts or by supporting or endorsing (the letters of support are merely the tip of the ice-berg) “friendly” contractors.

These contracts achieved two symbiotic purposes – they are usually awarded to Bumi contractors (who have non-Bumi partners to actually do the work) or Bumi/non-Bumi JVs, so fulfilling NEP objectives; and these are also projects that are used to funnel money back to party chieftains (and allow them to stay in power). This went on for the most part of Dr M’s reign, and until the present.

We can see from this modus operandi how UNMO has become a corrupt party using the NEP as a front (doing something with the NEP sells well to the heartland Malays, who are not sophisticated enough to see through the complex schemes hatched by the cronies); the “war chests” enable inferior and corrupt Malay leaders to stay in power (smart, decent Malays stay away, hence weak leadership); Malay pride and power appear to be intact through UNMO leadership; and some Chinese (i.e. the cronies of the Malay cronies) are also happy and so it appears the NEP is a wonderful win-win game. But now the game is up. The people have finally seen through it. That’s why they want change.

We can and must change. Remove the ISA as it is justified and is long overdue; restore the freedom of the press because it is an important safeguard for a free and vibrant democracy; restore the competence, independence and dignity of the judiciary as it provides a needed check-and-balance; and make the MACC truly independent and fearless because we need a fierce watchdog and not an obedient puddle that sits on the lap of the corrupt leaders to do their bidding. All right-thinking and patriotic Malaysians, who put country before race and political party, share these sentiments that you have expressed. These things are beyond UNMO to do. Some other clean, non-racial Malay-based party, working in true partnership with other non-Malay Malaysians will be the answer to UNMO and BN.

OneMalaysian,  31 August 2010 at 16:44  

2/2

We can see from this modus operandi how UNMO has become a corrupt party using the NEP as a front (doing something with the NEP sells well to the heartland Malays, who are not sophisticated enough to see through the complex schemes hatched by the cronies); the “war chests” enable inferior and corrupt Malay leaders to stay in power (smart, decent Malays stay away, hence weak leadership); Malay pride and power appear to be intact through UNMO leadership; and some Chinese (i.e. the cronies of the Malay cronies) are also happy and so it appears the NEP is a wonderful win-win game. But now the game is up. The people have finally seen through it. That’s why they want change.

We can and must change. Remove the ISA as it is justified and is long overdue; restore the freedom of the press because it is an important safeguard for a free and vibrant democracy; restore the competence, independence and dignity of the judiciary as it provides a needed check-and-balance; and make the MACC truly independent and fearless because we need a fierce watchdog and not an obedient puddle that sits on the lap of the corrupt leaders to do their bidding. All right-thinking and patriotic Malaysians, who put country before race and political party, share these sentiments that you have expressed. These things are beyond UNMO to do. Some other clean, non-racial Malay-based party, working in true partnership with other non-Malay Malaysians will be the answer to UNMO and BN.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 16:50  

Walla,

Let them take and retain the 30% first before talking about any other percentage.

A baby needs to learn how to walk first before he can learn how to run. Anon 6.45 wants to fly before he can walk.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 17:57  

KPIs and all that are pure nonsense.See how it is manipulated in the GLCs.
MAS is bleeding..yet every1 meet their KPIs.Sime mgmt team was enjoying KPI fueled bonuses.

If non politicos can warp the exercise..wat do u expect when it is applied at national level.

It just shows how stupid the whole scheme is..and now we at last have ample proof of walla's capability.The buggers who only read text books..and have never danced with the polar bears..myopic vision of their own intellect.

At least PM Najib have done some real world stuff...walla is an old codger who reads but barely can understand..fermenting his racist mindset with wat (he dreams) shld be.Mirage sir..

Pseudo...no..not even that.

Anonymous,  31 August 2010 at 20:03  

Dato,
You have stripped UMNO naked.
Well done!
But even in the nude they are proud.

kiasu,  31 August 2010 at 21:53  

The very first thing I see of this Merdeka survey is smack of bias propaganda and ulterior motive towards UMNO. Never mind whether the survey is true or not.

How could Merdeka Survey equate Government with just UMNO? Government is BN, and BN comprises more than 10 political parties including UMNO, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP and many Sabah Sarawak-based parties. See the motive there?

Just like asking the Malay respondents if they are satisfied with the DAP.


That being the case, I like to think that Government is 100% UMNO then the 12% Chinese satisfaction would be way too much. Probably less than 1%. The same goes if Government is 100% DAP, guess how many Malays would be satisfied with them. With Nikky Aziz and Anwaritas still around, certainly slightly more than 0%.

But for UMNO, still this survey should be another, yah another wake up call for them. For PAS and PKR Malays, please continue with your sweet dreams.

walla 31 August 2010 at 23:56  

anon 17.57 wrote:

'KPIs and all that are pure nonsense. See how it is manipulated in the GLCs...

It just shows how stupid the whole scheme is..'

You contradict yourself. If something is manipulated, then it is not the fault of the KPI scheme but the fault of the manipulators. No?

That you can therefore blanketly say the scheme is stupid depicts that you are in fact even more stupid. Yes? Perhaps so stupid you don't even know what KPIs are scoped to do.

And that is obvious. You are actually expecting KPIs to guarantee one hundred percent success in everything all the time.

My, my. If that were so, every enterprise in the world, including how your parents had produced the likes of you, would have been 100 percent successful.

Since they didn't, that explains how incomplete is your mind, the smugness of your thought, the descent of your personal culture, perhaps the disintegration of your self as well.

Otherwise how does one explain you coming round again and again to target my posts?

Perhaps you saw truths in them. And you don't like truths. They scare you. You see them as a threat to your comfort zone. Thus the unqualified racist labeling.

Sad, such a poor specimen of an uneducated buffalo pretending to pontificate in this blog. Be careful, you don't get lassoed as sacrificial offer this month.

Go home now and lick your wound now. I am not wasting any more posts to respond to you.

You're finished.

Emmie,  1 September 2010 at 01:17  

Dato

I thought you of all people should refrain from stereotyping.....fancy saying something stupid like ...'The Indians- they are not so critical as they are easily swayable.'

Just as amazing that none of your readers picked up on that, which makes one assume that they all feel the same as you do.

Malaysian politics is not just a battle between the Malays and the Chinese, but opening statements like yours make it so.

Please dont lump all Indians in the same boat as Samy Vellu.

HAKIMAN,  1 September 2010 at 05:41  

"Without UMNO, we will not have the Merdeka we are celebrating today."- Quiet Despair

Without UMNO, Malaysia would have been a much more united and merit-based country, like Singapore.

UMNO hijacked history to claim that it won independence with the exclusion of others, forcing children of today to learn crap-history of the founding of the country. You get that kind of mentality in communist countries such as North Korea.

UMNO is NO more a solution to the country's problem today. UMNO is the problem. It took Malaysians some 30 years to wake up to that fact caused by its media control dirty tactics before the full advent of alternative media in the last 10 years.

August 31st... it is a celebration of birth of MALAYA, NOT MALAYSIA. Sabah and Sarawak have NO part in August 31st.

Malaysia only existed from September 16, 1963.

So don't crap history again.

HAKIMAN,  1 September 2010 at 05:55  

The correct history of the fight for Merdeka is best described by Mustapha Hussein's book "‘Malay Nationalism Before Umno: The Memoirs of Mustapha Hussain".

RPK summarised chapter 34 of the book which he claimed our school history book is trying to pull the wool over our kid's eyes from primary school onwards, as follows:

..... Chapter 34 of the book ‘Malay Nationalism Before Umno: The Memoirs of Mustapha Hussain’ shows that Umno was NOT involved in the early moves to gain Merdeka for Malaya.

1. The fight for Merdeka in 1946 was not spearheaded by Umno (as the Malaysian history books claim). It was spearheaded by the All-Malayan Council of Joint Action (AMCJA). The AMCJA was a leftist group (what Umno would call Communist).

2. This was the second attempt to gain Merdeka. The first was in 1945 during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. In fact, Japan had already agreed to Merdeka, which was supposed to have been declared on 17 August 1945. However, Japan surrendered on 15 August 1945 (just two days before Merdeka) after the bombing of Hiroshima followed by Nagakasi. If the Americans had delayed the bombing just a few weeks, Malaya would have seen Merdeka on 15 August 1945 instead of 31 August 1957.

3. The 1945 and 1946 moves to gain Merdeka was made by a multi-racial group amongst who were nationalists, religionists and communists. It was not an all-Malay group. And Umno was certainly not in the group. Umno did not talk about Merdeka until about 10 years later.

So that is story of the struggle for Merdeka and don’t let Umno tell you otherwise.

And take special note that ALL the RACES, not just the Malays, participated in the fight for Merdeka.Of course, at that time, the British would not consider Merdeka because then Malaya would have become a socialist state (with a Constitutional Monarchy). Instead, the British arrested those calling for Merdeka.

The British then promoted and backed Umno, a party of British-trained Malays, to ensure that post-Merdeka Malaya would remain pro-British....."

Parents of school kids should re-tell the history of our Merdeka at home after the kids come home from school to cleanse off from their memory of UMNO's twisted propaganda of its role in the kid's school history books.

Be aware of the communist tactics of UMNO when it comes to media propaganda as we celebrate Malaya's independence from the British.

Anonymous,  1 September 2010 at 06:22  

Great...at least the guy knows the difference between concepts and execution.

To max out,an organizations needs more then rhetoric and sloganeering.
The vision must capture the minds and heart and infused as a common culture.

Thus,a "slap it on and lets run" approach is only good for text books and shallow minds like walla.

What this country needs is relevancy and people centric basics..not fancy tools peddlede by medicine men in black Armani suits.It also needs people with the focus on the bigger picture.

Its so simple to see where the bullshit ends ; the professed wise & cerebral BS artists descends to muck raking basic instincts.Its also indictive when a "siloed silted propagandist" makes a completely irrelevant conclusion.

Basic instincts..I am smarter then you,I know more then you and I am always right.No one have exclusivity on that..no APs issued as yet.

Thats not racist but a corrupted mind set.
The emperor is a mere figment of his own imagination as he struts in the back lanes looking for another fix.

My friend walla..wake up and get out for some fresh air.Your recirculated breathing is getting more toxic by the day.Join the real world,apply yourself to do constructive things to elevate some lives..thats the only salvation for the meek.

walla 1 September 2010 at 08:31  

anon 6.22 wrote:

"wake up and get out for some fresh air.Your recirculated breathing is getting more toxic by the day.Join the real world,apply yourself to do constructive things to elevate some lives..thats the only salvation for the meek."

is he talking to himself?

He has completely disintegrated. How to dignify such diatribes with sensible replies?

So, NOT. And not again. We shouldn't sink to his level. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous,  1 September 2010 at 13:38  

"To max out,an organizations needs more then rhetoric and sloganeering.
The vision must capture the minds and heart and infused as a common culture."

You must be talking about Najib.

I am not Walla not do I profess to be even close to his intelligence. But Anon 6.22, don't just talk rubbish. Write something constructive to show your intelligence. If not KPI, then you tell us how to measure productivity ? Then perhaps Jala will offer you a job as lead consultant.

Anonymous,  1 September 2010 at 14:34  

Its so funny to see the professed cerebral racist is now reduced to meaningless defenses.

Now,lets be rational.

There is never a superior race.Instead there are exclusive networks.Instead there are exclusive pools of capital.

Dumbos are not delineated on racial lines;similarly the smarts.

1Msia can truly be effective only if everyone unzips..

So,if thats not the aim..just zip up n ferment.

Anonymous,  1 September 2010 at 18:27  

Just forgot to mention..I m non Bumi biz man and actually is considered a success..and not only within own's imagination like that old birdie.

And its sad to see latent frustrations due to own failures being snowballed as a racial issue.And this is especially evident amongst some old frustrated codgers.

Lets all get a life and breathe some fresh air.

Anonymous,  1 September 2010 at 23:41  

Glad you ask...

Take a leaf out of LGE's school of management..no outsourcing of leadership,no special driving institute,no fancy acronyms and certainly no consultants with their magic powder & geekspeak..

Its about doing the simple things right and keeping the right things simple & less kompangs and red carpets.

Transparency,process driven,hard nosed focussed leadership and getting max output from the resources available.

Result..a deficit becomes a surplus.Transparency and fast no hidden agenda decision making creates an amenable investment climate.

So,its 99% grunt work ..

Anyway..its not new..Tun Razak & TDM early years refers.

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