NST comes to senses, tells UMNO off

I’m smiling right now. Smiling from ear to ear. It’s good to see at least ONE major newspaper in Malaysia to come to their senses, even if it’s just for a little while.

It’s about time these UMNO reps get a tick or two from what they think is owned by them:

NST says: Get on with the job

IT’S been five weeks since the general election. The Barisan Nasional was returned to power, albeit with a smaller majority and the loss of five states.

Despite the shock of the result, it was still a mandate that no one could argue with, not even Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his wildest allegations of electoral fraud. But what has Umno, the leading partner of the coalition and largest party in parliament, been doing since March 8? Bickering, pointing fingers, baying for vengeance and doing everything imaginable except rolling up its sleeves and getting down to the work of governing.
Enough is enough.

People are getting fed up with Umno’s moaning and groaning, the political wayang and sandiwara its cast of characters is playing up and down the country.

Brandishing the kris was hurtful to the non-Malays but the party leadership did nothing to take the Umno Youth chief to task for the menacing and insulting gesture. Which was why he was emboldened to repeat it and provide extra impetus for the Chinese and Indians to abandon the BN at the polls.

Then there was the desecration of the temple under the watch of the then Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo which did so much to outrage the Hindus throughout the country and turn them against the ruling coalition. And Dr Khir had the cheek to award a broom to a local council president, when neither he nor the party president could control the warlords who held the party to ransom over the choice of candidates, and stabbed the party in the back when they did not approve of the candidates.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is now paying for these and other acts of omission, including the undeliverable promises of change that he made when he first became prime minister in 2003.

Full article here.

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Feels good, doesn’t it? Reading something like this, that reflects most of the rakyat‘s sentiments, in a newspaper that was always the mouthpiece of the government. I’m looking forward to reading more editorials like this. Because in the end, that’s what we want. If UMNO and Barisan Nasional need to see criticism in print before it actually hits them in the head, then they’ve got it.

Now, what are they going to do?

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PS: I’m so so very happy that Hishamuddin didn’t get let off the hook here. Even though the keris-wielding thing happened so long ago, it’s quite apparent now that the issue was not properly handled, because us rakyat still remember.

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