At the close of the 2012 UMNO General Assembly, Dato Sri Najib reaffirmed UMNO’s hollowness. He was playing to the gallery. Now, this phrase unlike cutting off one’s ears is an idiom. It means performing in such a manner as to get the approval of the lower elements in the audience. What a powerful idiom. And Najib played that role to a hilt.
Najib performed to get the approval of the lower elements in the UMNO audience. Who are they? They are the riff raffs who bought themselves the right to become delegates; the empty vessels tripping over each other to get noticed by the president. He wants approval from the people who will fight like Churchill, who move like Jagger and from those who claim UMNO is the party chosen by God.
And Najib? It was he who started the bellicose tone of the UMNO assembly and at the end of the assembly, what he initially said got said back and he led himself to believe those were the spoken words from the people. He is like Caesar, an honorable man. He will follow the wishes of the people even though the ‘people’ means around 2500 delegates in the Hall.
It reminded me of someone who told a close friend that he will contest in the elections and the friend spread stories to this effect. The stories soon circulate that he will contest and he soon believes those are the actual sentiments from the ground.
The UMNO Assembly and its president has nothing to offer except fearful stories. Why is he shouting like a village headman conducting a meeting of the JKKK? Because the quality of delegates is not far from that of a JKKK committee. Those were the elements of Najib’s audience. Told they could not speak on sensitive issues. But they were free to talk of seditious topics of racial clashes; they can pour out venomous words on opponents. But they could never talk about sensitive issues on corruption, on the state of the economy, on why after 55 years, the majority of Malays earn less that RM1500 per month. The party for Malays cannot speak why after 55 years; they are still beggars in this country.
Those who cried over a song such as Anak Kecil Bermain Api obviously forgot the song was played to incoming ITM students. Which also means that if you have not heard of that song, your education level has not even reached ITM entry level. UMNO wants the future of Malaysia and the Malays to depend on such heads.
It was a song meant to galvanize students into action namely studying very hard to liberate themselves from oppression and colonization.
The song is also a reminder for all students to be vigilant against the actions of the running dogs of imperialism and oppression. Zaaba warned as early as 1923 that the worse oppressors sprung from among the Malays themselves. He meant those who used the government machinery to alienate the Malays, enriched themselves and deceived Malays into believing they are fighting for the interest of the greater good.
In reality, they fought for the interests of the selected few and of the privileged class. No other political party epitomizes what Zaaba meant other than the party he helped come into existence- UMNO.
That great deception allowed Najib to shout at the close of the Assembly- one vote for PKR means compromising the Muslims beliefs. One vote for PAS means hell breaking loose. One vote for DAP means doom for Malays. Everyone is to blame except UMNO. What was the big word he used? Fata Morgana? It was a word probably understood by Najib alone.
He must have been watching reruns of Merlin. Morgana is the female witch who created mirages to lure unsuspecting victims to their fatal ends. The only mirages created are those witch-crafted by UMNO. It created a group of pliant and servile Malays deceived into believing that their fate lies with the mirages UMNO created.
That is the main agenda of the 2012 UMNO General Assembly. To whip delegates into a frenzy believing that good can only come to Malays by way by surrendering personal liberty and individual will to a central authority known as UMNO. We would have accepted such a proposition, if it is supported by facts. The reality is, the facts revealed that UMNO has deceived the people especially Malays.