To rid of UMNO

In this beloved country of ours, we have never been short of abbreviations, or three alphabet “words” that represent an association or other. We even have abbreviations for the multitude of government policies and agencies, growing exponentially every day. Even laws and acts are given alphabetical “short forms”, as if we have such short-term memory that we simply cannot remember them by their full names.

We have laws like the very well-known ISA, UUCA and PPPA, amongst others. We have policies like the NEP (or DEB, depending on your preferred language), the NKEA, the ETP. We have political parties like UMNO, MCA, MIC, PKR, PAS, DAP, SUPP and the list goes on. We have so many that it’s hard to keep track of which is what (or what is which).

The latest addition to this increasing long list of “initials” is the ABU, which is relevant in both English and Malay. It stands for Asalkan Bukan UMNO/BN, or Anything But UMNO/BN.

ABU’s objective is obvious from the name itself – it wants anything but UMNO/BN in power. Although it is comprised of MCLM, SAMM, PSM and PRM, which are parties that were never BN-friendly, ABU is probably the first group to be formed based on a united hatred of a third party, which in this case, is UMNO, and is not afraid of telling it straight from the naming of the group itself.

More than just form a group and preach to the converted, it appears that ABU has taken the bull by the horns – they have identified that in order to be rid of UMNO, they have to get their message across to the majority who keeps on voting UMNO back into power – the Malay heartlands. It was reported last week that ABU had produced 200,000 copies of a documentary, in DVD format, and distributed these into Malay villages. From this first distribution, it is hoped that the rural Malays would no longer be blinded by mainstream news that is controlled by the government, and instead be exposed to other views and opinions.

I’ve watched the 104-minute documentary – it is uploaded in 6 parts on YouTube. Instead of making a new documentary from scratch, ABU took bits and pieces of video from news clips and online media, and even included Fahmi Reza’s documentary “10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka” as part of a whole. Smart move.

Because of the nature of the documentary, which is a mish-mash of old and recent news, most of it was nothing new to me. But the target audience of this DVD video is not us, the internet-savvy crowd who already know of all this. We are already converted, there is no need to preach to us. It is the Malays in the rural areas with no access to news other than what is found in Utusan Malaysia and TV1 that ABU is wanting to reach out to. And I think the video is just right for that purpose.

I do have some reservations on whether the video was ‘fair’ – for me, it focused too much on Malay and Islam-centric issues. Putting aside my own feelings in this scenario, however, I also believe that this video could potentially “enlighten” at least a quarter of those who had previously only received skewed information.

This is an era where those with information is the stronger. Empowering the rakyat is about giving them information, and enabling them to make decisions based on that information. You don’t force them to follow you – you give them the facts, and let them tell right from wrong.

It’s like the NEP, which was initially formed to close the economic/financial gap between the races, and bring the poverty rate down to as near zero as possible. Put it to them, show them the riches of some, and the poverty of many. If only half of the rural Malay folk see this, ABU would have done what it set out to do.


One Comment on “To rid of UMNO”

  1. flyer168 says:

    Ewoon,

    Being an ex-media man, you have a point there…on the issue of an “Overkill” with the ABU video which was done in a rush…

    As long as the Malays in the rural areas with no access to news other than what is found in Utusan Malaysia and TV1 gets the “gist of the message” (hopefully!), this will be an eye opener on the damage done to the nation and its citizen’s assets by the Ketuanan UMNO/BN regime.

    In Bolehland, the Ketuanan UMNOputra/BN Leaders are in their last death throes with the approaching 13th GE.

    As they say in Politics, nothing happens by accident rather it is by DESIGN!

    Maybe you can propose an effective edit on the original 104 minute documentary to the organisers of the project…

    What is the purpose of our call for ABU?

    To reduce Ketuanan UMNO/BN’s majority!

    So we should all remain focus on this objective and not be lured into any Diversions…

    The call for ABU is timely and it will reverberate into the the citizen’s and nation’s battlecry for Justice.

    The corruption of Mahathir: by George Soros – published by Bangkok Post

    George Soros is not only one of the best investors in the world but very well informed too. He has spelt clearly what Malaysians have known all the while. Malaysia with all the riches in raw materials should have a stronger currency but what started one for one equivalent with S’pore 30 yrs ago now has lost out to S’pore currency by 2.3 times. Now Malaysians know why …….. Soros has explained in very great detail….. Of course one cannot get to read this in the main media in Malaysia .

    Malaysian taxpayers and voters were made to pay for his visionary expenses enriching selected vendors along the way all paid by taxpayer or rakyat’s money. The corruption of Mahathir: SOROS’ REPLY TO MAHATHIR.

    I have always said Dr Mahathir is a menace to his own people. Now only you can see the effects of his foolishness when the ringgit has halved its value overnight and your economy goes kaput.

    Single handedly you have caused hardship to millions of your own people. You have built useless mega projects at tremendous cost to the country…

    The corruption of Mahathir: by George Soros – Digest on Malaysian News – http://malaysiadigest.blogspot.com/2010/01/corruption-of-mahathir-by-george-soros.html

    “Najib is stuck in real life all the time. Stuck without an idea of how he should deal with a country in crisis and an UMNO the cause of it.

    And again he does what he does best. Cut and run. He announces initiatives after initiatives, reforms after reforms and then runs even before the people could begin to understand what it is that he is trying to do.

    He himself does not understand what it is that he is doing what more his government!

    And each and every Minister is a clone of their Prime Minister! Masters of deception all of them.

    And through all this we have to suffer and silently accept the stupidity and arrogance of these BN politicians who deign themselves our leaders!”

    Malaysians Must Know the TRUTH: Najib knows not what he does! – http://malaysiansmustknowthetruth.blogspot.com/2011/12/najib-knows-not-what-he-does.html

    Revolutionary Politics::Revolutionary Politics : Judge Napolitano: “A nation of sheep breeds a govt. of wolves” – http://revolutionarypolitics.tv/video/viewVideo.php?video_id=16478

    You be the judge.

    Shalom.


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