Dear UMNO…Posted: August 27, 2008
I write this after having read and given some thought to Haris Ibrahim’s letter to your Deputy President, Najib. If you still haven’t read it, I suggest you go read it now. The letter can be found HERE.
I am curious. What are your thoughts after having read what Haris had to say? Don’t think that that is just one man talking. Haris’ letter to your Deputy is one that speaks for all of us anak Bangsa Malaysia.
What have you been doing since the last General Elections in March? We would have imagined that after losing 5 states, you would be humbled by the power of the rakyat. We thought you would have some resolve to change your ways.
And I think we saw a couple of your people sincerely wanting that change. I saw Tengku Razeleigh as somewhat of a lone ranger, going all over the country calling for an EGM to talk about the poor leadership of UMNO. Ku Li went around saying that UMNO has to change from within in order to remain relevant. Ku Li has also been going around trying to get nominations for the UMNO polls in December.
I wonder if he’ll get enough nominations. If he doesn’t, my guess is that you, UMNO, will never change. You either refuse to change, or refuse to SEE that you have to change.
Other than Ku Li, I believe I also saw Zaid Ibrahim going into Cabinet and suggesting that the judiciary be reformed. And he didn’t suggest a minor change, he brought forward a proposal for major reforms. To return to the judiciary its independence.
Your people in Cabinet have been shameful, rejecting the proposal to form the Judicial Commission simply on the basis that if judges are to be appointed by a Commission, then the ratio of Malay judges would decrease significantly.
This has brought me to believe that you, UMNO, are so stuck-up in your own little tempurung that you have heard nothing from the people thus far.
Yes, there are a few good people in your ranks. But their voices have been drowned out by people like Khir Toyo who goes on and on in his blog about how bad kesamarataan is to Malaysians; people like your Deputy who makes a mockery of the Quran and Islam as a religion when he decided to swear, not once but TWICE, that he has nothing to do with Altantuya (once during an UMNO closed door meeting, where he only made an oath “by Allah”, and the second time during the Permatang Pauh by-election with the Quran in hand); people like Ali Rustam who suggested that the organisers of the Bar Council Forum be detained using the ISA, even before the forum took place.
This list is non-exhaustive. There are many more from your ranks that “smell” like the ones I’ve just mentioned. The many of you who still champion “Ketuanan Melayu” like as if it’s a trophy would do well to read this paragraph by your ex-President, Dr M himself. He says:
To me, it is shameful to have to be protected because we do not have the capacity to compete.
You did not learn your lesson while you still could, after that big wave of a tsunami hit you right in the face back in March 2008.
Will you learn after this second round of wave?
It will be to the best of all our interests if you do take a deep look at yourselves, and change for the better.
But let me tell you this. While you take your time to unlearn the “lessons” you’ve been teaching for the past 51 years, we, anak-anak bangsa Malaysia, will be re-claiming what is rightfully ours.