Barisan Nasional should stop the blame game and get on with reforming itself


May 12, 2013

Barisan Nasional should stop the blame game and get on with reforming itself

By Stephen Doss@www.freemalaysiatoday.com

BN will again refuse to acknowledge that the rot had set in years back, not 10 years back , not 20. Just like all political parties which have governed for years without interruption, arrogance, corrupt practises, cronyism, and nepotism have become second nature and barely been noticed among members.-Stephen Doss

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There is a tendency after every election for winners to amplify their wins and take sole credit for their performance, and for losers to find convenient scapegoats.

It would be easy for anyone to look at the results of the 13th general election and classify the winners as Barisan Nasional and the losers as Pakatan Rakyat. Not so.

In actual fact there is much more for Pakatan Rakyat to be happy about than the Barisan Nasional, for one they are riding an uptrend in terms of total number of votes received, not to mention an increase in the number of seats both at the parliamentary and the state.

BN is expected to react the same way that they did after the 2008 general Najibelection, which is to look for a convenient scapegoat. For UMNO it was Pak Lah, for MCA it was Ong Tee Keat.Fast forward to 2013, already Najib Tun Razak and Dr Chua Soi Lek are now feeling the heat.

Unfortunately the BN will again refuse to acknowledge that the rot had set in years back, not 10 years back , not 20. Just like all political parties which have governed for years without interruption, arrogance, corrupt practises, cronyism, and nepotism have become second nature and barely been noticed among members.

The political parties loathe to change; most of them are forced to change, just like the LDP in Japan, the KMT in Taiwan and the Congress Party in India.

Mahathir 2013Dr Mahathir Mohamad did a grave disservice to UMNO and BN when he pinned the blame for the 2008 results on Pak Lah, and the BN lost a golden opportunity to reform itself and hence, they are now suffering from having to form a government with the humiliation of having lost the popular vote.

And those that think that by putting the blame solely on certain individuals are not going to change anything, are making the same mistake.

Even if there is a change in leadership within the BN, without recognition that brand BN has been damaged because of widespread corruption, concentration of wealth among the economic elite, arrogance of thought and action among the rank and file and a dearth of talent among its ranks, then the BN can expect to continue in its free fall, they should not be surprised if their share of the popular votes keep dwindling.

There are some within the BN who see the 13th GE results as opportunities to climb the ladder, nothing more. They deliberately try to avoid looking at the real reasons why they are now in a downward spiral.

If that is the case, good luck Barisan Nasional, you’re going to need it come GE14.

Stephen Doss is the Advisor to the Malaysian Social Media Chambers.

7 thoughts on “Barisan Nasional should stop the blame game and get on with reforming itself

  1. Tigers have been know to loose their strips but leopards dont loose their spots.
    BN can transform ? MCA and Gerakan are dead. The Chinese rejected them outright. MIC might as well be dead too. EM parties of BN still kampong politics so how to streamline transformation? WIthout EM, BN dead. Without EM, BN gets no freebies.

    GE14 can be next 3 years, my bet IMHO. Umno baru is awaiting shake up. Najib is peeing in his pants. His consolation is BN has putrajaya; BN cohort safe from jail.

  2. Dato Din,you are just asking for miracle by asking Umno to stop the blame game.This culture is inborn with Umno since the inception and about the only thing inherited and left with them until now .

  3. BN you’ve already won even though by a small margin, you won. Guess deep in your hearts you know you won by devious means but if your conscience is clear hey you deal with it.
    The issue is winning so why have this blame game? You should thank God (which ever you pray to) for your victory. You can’t have everything. If you are not thankful for the victory and feel you have been cheated ask yourself what is wrong with BN? Be honest that victory wasn’t yours to begin with and now you can’t handle winning because your conscience is bothering you. Or is it because of the large sum of RM you had put into GE 13 does not commensurate with the returns?
    Remember you can’t buy everybody even with the billions you have in ill gotten gains. Money can’t buy everything but take consolation there are many more Birkins out there to buy and many more Scorpenes that can be bought in the next 5 years.

  4. OrangM,

    Conscience is for humans. These people from Nottingham, Oxford and what naughts want to preach goodness? They have said they will win by hook and crook; barbarically destroyed our votes, shadowed our votes without conscience or shame as if we still live in blind kg days. They still think people can be bought? Some perhaps, more don’t; thanks for BRIM but no thanks, our hearts and minds are made up.

    Had we lost fair and square, we would admit and progress. Now they won unfairly and still blame? Spewing such stupidity unshamefully only makes it worst for the world to see the brand of retrograded democracy they practice.

    I am happy many malays have woke up and more will do so. Thanks to social net working among our youngs.

    We don’t live to these days to accept their ‘winnng’.

  5. We must all celebrate the winner and let bygones be bygones. The losing side, in this case PR, must not raise issues that may thwart any steps, actions or activities aimed at progress and development. Both the winner and the loser can re-work their strategies, brainstorming and analysing the reasons for their poor performance or defeat, learn from past mistakes and must not repeat any of them.

    We look forward to see BN, the winning coalition, to carry out their duties and responsibilities as the rakyat expect of them after giving them the mandate for the next five years until the next general election is called and to steer our country to greater heights with no personal agendas to serve whatsoever.

    We hope, BN will not repeat past mistakes that have created unnecessary shame and obstacles in our country’s efforts to achieve greater development and progress.

    Corruption, nepotism, cronyism, favouritism and pleasing demanding spouses and relatives must stop immediately. The government must be seen to be more professional and fair when handling tenders for large scale projects that involve billions of RM of the taxpayers’ money. The government also must be seen to practise meritocracy in its real sense as soon as possible. Policies, such as the Revised National Education Policy 2013 – 2025, which have been proven to be unpopular with the majority, must be re-looked, and to change the policy and the system for a better one immediately to suit all Malaysians.

    The government must first make sincere and enough efforts to re-unite the Malays who have been broken into three groups and then look at reconciliation as what PM Najib has promised to do when he said that in his victory speech last Monday early morning. He must, after that, re-unite all Malaysians, regardless of race, language or religion, if he wants a better Malaysia.

    Race based parties and politics must be done away with.

    It may be time for Umno to revisit some past ideas.

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