APRIL 22 — It is already happening. The people in the mainstream media and “mainstream new media” do not have a clue about what is happening. They are seeing ghosts at every corner. Umno is in total disarray. In desperate times, Umno resorts to desperate measures.
Umno knows the Malay mindset. They know Malays have this addiction to horror stories, sex and other bizarre tales. That is why readership of the Mastika Magazine far outstrips that of Utusan Malaysia. In Utusan Malaysia, only two pieces of news are true; (1) the Islamic prayer times and (2) 4-digit numbers. Can it be that more Malays now patronise the gaming shops? Everything else in Utusan is deceit.
So, now, they concentrate on the horror of horrors — all else will die with the demise of Umno. The hard truth is, if Umno dies, the ones who will suffer most will be the parasitic leeches and the anointed rent-seekers, the licensed rajahs, the ones given licences to plunder, and the corrupt politicians. It’s the end of civilisation, but it’s the end of the plundering civilisation as Umno knows it.
Let me hasten to comfort Malays and Malaysians; nobody dies if Umno goes under. Especially not the Malays. The tide and ebb of Malays do not absolutely depend on Umno. We progress through education and through our efforts.
The government, any government, is merely an instrument by and through which we achieve common objectives for the public good. We are done with a government that sets one section of the citizenry against another section of the rakyat based on religion and race. And we must kick out a government that declares war on us but embraces lovingly abuse of power, corruption and thievery.
Malays will liberate their minds from the yoke of the unholy alliance between the feudalists and Malay bourgeoisie. By the Malay bourgeoisie I mean the class of Malays who have misappropriated the wealth creation means of this country through their hold on political power and impoverished the people in that process.
All they can see are overtures by some political parties courting some former political personalities into their fold. Hence, we hear news that PKR is courting some former Umno heavyweights and PAS is inviting some former high-ranking government officers to contest under their banner in the next general elections. That is only the beginning.
The entry of these people isn’t a cause for worry, the Umno men say. These are washed-up individuals and frustrated people. We like it when they regard us like that, because then, it will not be a problem contesting against us in the coming election.
Why is there, for instance, so much fuss about Kadir Sheikh Fadhir standing for elections on PAS ticket? It’s a case of having a big ago, opined one of his brothers.
I met Kadir some time ago; he told me he loved Umno. He has been a member since 1950s. For a person to disown Umno after being a member for a long time suggests some extraordinary changes in the character of either Umno or Kadir.
Kadir hasn’t changed. He’s still that flamboyant with a bon vivant air about him. Look at his vehicles, his houses and his immaculate dressing style. His office at the Mines is immaculately furnished. So his willingness to give up Umno isn’t because for want of material things. He has all that.
It’s Umno that has transformed into an ogre beyond recognition. It’s the blatant, rampant and monumental corruption. Kadir isn’t claiming that Umno is pristine during his time. But there was a sense of self restraint and a check on unbridled self-aggrandisement. The current Umno has lost all sense of proportion. It has now imposed itself on the peoples of Malaysia as a humongous thieving machinery.
It will be interesting to see what the mainstream conventional and new media make their stories out as. Will they describe these men as political relics, worn-out former government officers and in other uncomplimentary terms?
The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are slowly coming into place. Umno and Barisan Nasional are on the way out. The 3.7 million Malays who did not vote and support Umno in 2008 are not coming back in droves to Umno despite the millions and millions paid out to them.
The number of one-minute Malaysian citizens given Mykads and the rights to vote are not going to be enough to cancel out the over one million Umno members who have crossed over to the light-side and the over two million ordinary Malay citizens who rejected Umno. They are tired of Umno’s hypocrisy and lies.
The Chinese have already made up their minds since 2008. They are not supporting Umno and BN. MCA is losing their minds thinking about the DAP strategy of putting up DAP generals in Johor. Ong Ka Ting suggests for a certain DAP leader to contest in his own seat because Ka Ting is not confident of retaining his own seat.
The remaining Umno people who remain within the dark-side are fools anyway.
Yet this is a party that is big on moral issues and because it’s trying to live up to this clean moral image, has been flooding the Malay mind over the last 15 years with pornographic tales about sodomy, bisexual tales and the size of a certain politician’s penis. The Malay mind is so warped and it’s waiting to be liberated.
But for now, let us continue the myth about Umno’s legitimacy.
Does Umno actually look out after Malays? Umno has always been denominational in the worse sense; I guess that is the only word and term I can use on Umno. Umno looks after a small section of the Malays lucky enough to be born with the right family name close enough to be in the fraternity of cronies and sycophants. As to the rest of the Malays, they are just digits.
Umno is now selling the three myths that are the bedrock on which its survival depends:
1) Umno is necessary for the survival of Malays,
2) Umno is necessary for the survival of Islam, and
3) Umno is necessary to ensure the continuation of the institution of the Malay rulers.
What does it do, then, when everything else failed? Nobody is going to be fooled anymore that only Umno can bring development to the country. Communist regimes also carry out economic development. So, the politics of development isn’t going to work anymore because all governments carry out some form of development. It’s now no longer open for Umno to say only it is capable of bringing development for the country.
Let’s face it. Out of the top five states with the highest foreign direct investment, three are Pakatan Rakyat states. Sarawak does not even have Umno over there. So its achievement is solely brought about the chief minister of Sarawak, Taib Mahmud.
So, Najib hasn’t got a wonderful track record to speak of when he made that boast in Selangor asking the people to judge him on his track record and his big ideas.
What track record and what big ideas? — sakmongkol.blogspot.com
* Sakmongkol AK47 is the nom de plume of Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz. He was Pulau Manis assemblyman (2004-2008).
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