Matthias says BN doesn’t deserve to rulePosted: June 24, 2008
Found this article on BigDog, all of it written by Matthias Chang, the ex-political secretary (I think) to Dr M:
Soon after the General Elections debacle, the component parties of the Barisan Nasional took pains to tell the electorate that they have realized their mistakes and would turn a new leaf.
They would even rebrand to meet the expectations of the people.
A hundred days have gone by and I see the same old status quo:
1) A tired and listless Abdullah Badawi, hanging on to an impotent and fearful UMNO;
2) A tired and befuddled Ong Ka Ting and a humiliated MCA;
3) A tired and devastated Koh Tsu Koon and a floundering Gerakan;
4) A tired and irrelevant Samy Vellu and a hopeless MIC; and
5) Tired and frustrated “second cousins” of the Barisan Nasional from Sarawak and Sabah.
Self-interest and the “cari makan” attitude prevail!
The flavour of the month and justification for inaction is that one must uphold certain “core values” such as “I am a party man” and “loyalty to party takes priority”.
One would have thought that a political party is but a vehicle to serve the people and the nation, so that if a party fails to live up to the people’s expectations, it must reform and renew.
And if its leadership have, through corruption and utter irresponsibility, brought about a state of affairs that is endangering the viability and social stability of the state, one would have thought that a member’s paramount duty is to remove such malignant leadership.
But the Barisan Nasional is in a state of denial. They are content with a torchlight running on low batteries when the nation is demanding full sunshine!
I have therefore come to the sad and painful conclusion that the Barisan Nasional is not fit to lead and rule our country.
Read the rest of it at BigDog’s blog here.
So, he has concluded what so many others have. Barisan Nasional is in no shape to rule our country. But one thing though, the title of his piece is:
“If Abdullah Badawi continues… The Barisan Nasional does not deserve to rule.”
Which would mean that to Matthias Chang, he believes that if the leadership were to change, then everything would be better. Which, of course, he clearly states at the end of his article:
Any leader that replaces Badawi cannot do worse, but there is a good probability that he can do better.
Ah… So what does he really mean? Does he have a problem with the whole of Barisan Nasional, or does he only have a problem with Pak Lah leading it? Because he sure as hell didn’t spare anyone when he listed the “status quo” above, mentioning MCA, MIC, Gerakan and their leaders. And not forgetting the “second cousins” from Sabah and Sarawak.
He seems to think that all of them are not doing anything to help the country, to serve the country, to ATTEMPT to rule the country at all. But then he goes on and says that as long as the Prime Minister is removed and replaced with someone else, ANYONE else for that matter, then everything will be better.
So who is this “replacement”? Who has the ability to change UMNO that has no backbone? To change the humiliated MCA and return to them their pride? To change the floundering Gerakan and give them a new lease on life? To change the hopeless MIC and give them new direction? To change the “second cousins” from Sabah and Sarawak and give them the “partnership” status that they want?
Who is this one person who is that capable to change the entire system? To change the entire Barisan Nasional?
I don’t think changing one person is going to cut it this time. The entire government calls for change.