"Since the recent general election, voices have risen up in a shrill warning cry that the Malays are now 'under threat'. But perhaps the real threat is the threat to Umno hegemony". - Azmi Sharom in the English daily The Star on Thursday 17 Apr.
All three are bankrupt of ideas and still trying the old worn out formula of stirring Malay chauvinism and stroking their fears. Wake up to the 21st century, Malaysia is 51 years old. We need leaders who dare to speak of Malaysian interests, rather than Malay interests. We need leaders who dare to try to unite Malaysians, rather than just Malays. We need leaders who think of the country first rather than themselves. We need leaders who are forward looking. We live in a wide open world, not a small little 'kampong'. With leaders like these, I cry for Malaysia-edit
I know for sure at least one of these three, Mukhriz, Khairy and Khir Toyo would be made into a Minister or two. This is after getting to become Umno's Goon-In-Chief otherwise know as the Umno Youth Leader, Chief Thug or whatever. How do they qualify to become that? By being extreme, the more extreme they are, the more votes they get. I remember when Musa Hitam, the former Deputy Prime Minister under our Great Leader
called on the Malays to be " kurang ajar"
. Of course he didn't mean ill manners and arrogant. What he meant was for Malays to be bold, forceful, forthright, which translated by these irrational wannabe youth leaders, past and present has evolved into the real 'kurang ajar'.
The current Youth Chief aka Kerismuddin
, was one of those who caused the downfall of the BN in the March 2008 general elections, with all his posturing, waving and ranting about Malay supremacy hurting the feelings of the Malays themselves and the minorities. Do not think of minorities as Chinese and Indians only, think East Malaysian Bumiputeras too. Umno's so called allies in the BN, who are actually subservient to Umno pleaded, cajoled and begged the Umno warlords not to be extreme, in their rants. No, they did not listen.
The coalition with Umno thus became eunuchs and impotent, resulting in their massive losses in the GE and losing 5 states. There is no way the the component members of the BN are going to recover. The fact is, these new contenders for the Umno Youth' s Goon-In-Chief position will further erode the support of the few hardcore supporters in the MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP and some of the East Malaysian parties. Which will be an own goal scored by Umno. Umno Youth have always used racial supremacism, to leap frog and become warlords. Without that rhetoric they are not proficient in other issues, it has always been race and will continue being so.
Let us take a look at all three contenders, taking Mukhriz first, the son of our once upon time Great Leader, a has been, ashamed of his Indian ancestry. One statement I can vividly recall attributing to him to was this, " that the May 13, 1969 incident should be seen as a ‘blessing’
. Muhhriz was a member of a privileged family, he, I doubt has seen blood, guts and gore at first hand. For the sake of political mileage in Umno he is willing to make light something so significant.
He has not seen the suffering, the heartbreak and misery of those affected by those victims in that terrible tragedy. A total of 184 people died in that tragedy and more than 350 people were injured. Buildings were burnt down and hundreds of vehicles damaged. Children lost their parents. Shops, schools were shut down. People were living in fear. The country was literally in the state of emergency. The trauma that the country experienced, the years of trying to pick up the pieces and the unspoken suspicion that all races had against each other for many years, could never, never be seen as a ‘blessing’. So analyse this mentality of his, you want him to be our Leader, a mould of the old Dictator, a callous and cold hearted person who has no feelings for Malaysians? Continued here...