UMNO must sort its own problems, not blame others

Kota Kinabalu, SABAH

February 4, 2011

UMNO must sort its own problems, not blame others

by Sakmongkol Ak47

An UMNO Reformer?

The former UMNO president said the party struggle now was only about contracts, APs and licences. He stressed that the party must return to its roots and help unite a divided Malay community.

“We can unite the Malays if we are willing to work hard and explain that UMNO’s struggle is for religion, race and country,” he told the audience during a talk on “Malay race and the  Future” at the Tun Hussein Onn Memorial here.

Finally, it has come out. Dr Mahathir is saying something that I have also been writing about. His voice is, of course, louder and more impactful. Mine is the voice of an interested observer and also a stakeholder in UMNO’s future.

The problem is with UMNO. It’s a party for contracts and APs. In other words, self-interest override everything else. It’s a party that has lost its bearings. It has dislodged itself from the founding principles — to struggle and push the agenda for race, country and religion.

Two, not only it has lost bearings on these founding principles, UMNO hasn’t been successful

A Malay Supremacist

in recasting the principles with the new realities.  It has to contend with other stakeholders in this country. These stakeholders have become emboldened partly because they dominate the economy (the Chinese) and because of a more assertive leadership as in the case of the Malaysian Indians. UMNO degenerates because it can’t offer competent leadership to contend with these groups.

Three, UMNO has retreated from its role as the principled and steadfast spokesman for Malay interests. In a nutshell, the present UMNO has failed to distinguish itself in a positive way from the rest of the pack. Hence, for example, a small but vociferous pressure group such as PERKASA can rattle UMNO.

Other NGOs have proven to be persuasive enough to steal the thunder from UMNO on a number of issues such as fighting corruption, abuse of power, decadence of its leaders. UMNO hasn’t been nimble enough to seize the initiative in dominating the alternative media. The media companies that it owns have lost credibility not because they churned out untruths, but because they have not been able to win people over to their causes.

Devoid of an appreciation and understanding of its principles, it has spawned a different breed of leadership. On the whole, the leadership is one that’s more interested in harnessing the trappings of power instead of applying that power for the greater good. Hence, there is a continuous mad scramble for positions in UMNO.

But UMNO can’t attribute its shortcomings to others. UMNO’s problems must be sorted out by UMNO people. Dr Mahathir’s recent statements must also be viewed as open criticisms on the leadership of Najib. Lee Kuan Yew’s characterisation of Najib as a rational leader and the attributes that qualify Najib as a rational leader are not exactly placing Najib in a strong position to galvanise the Malay ground. Indeed, it can serve to alienate Najib further as he will be seen, as part of the make-up of the rational leader, to compromise many things of interest to the Malays.

I differ slightly as to the causes of the waning influence of UMNO. Dr Mahathir and many other UMNO leaders are not able any longer to lay claim that UMNO is the absolute and undisputed voice of Malays.

As I have written many times, the wisdom of the many, and in this case the majority of Malays, can’t be wrong. Out of the 5.7 million Malay votes in 2008, UMNO received about two million votes. Its own members were not convinced of the UMNO leadership.

First we put our own house in order. Second, we reach out directly to the majority of people. We cannot wish PKR or PAS to fade away from being our competitors for the Malay ground.

UMNO has to offer credible and competent leadership, sound policies, communicate them and win people over to UMNO’s cause. UMNO has to distinguish itself from these two in more positive ways. — www.

43 thoughts on “UMNO must sort its own problems, not blame others

  1. Mahathir Mohamad is a corrupt moron . His malay supremacy ideas are backward and have no place in this country . If the malays accept or even entertain his ideas , they must be morons just like him.

    So let me go no further because his bankrupt thinking and he himself belong in an indah water pit . So lets leave him where he belongs. No need to dignify this idiot.

  2. ” Umno has to offer credible and competent leadership, sound policies …… “. suckmongrel

    Will never happen tell UMNO accepts that Dr mahathir was and is a corrupt leader and is charged accordingly.

  3. Like Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, this moron doesn’t know when to bow out of the limelight. He should take heed of our advice and ride out into the sunset on a kambing’s back. There’s no more room on our beloved kerabu.

  4. “UMNO and Population Engineering

    By Hussein Abd Hamid:

    Since 1957 UMNO has effectively carried out the population engineering of our country to ensure its long-term survival by creating the myth of a two pronged “Ketuanan Melayu”. “Ketuanan Melayu” for the Malay masses who are lull into a feeling of being superior over the non-Malays because of their numbers and “Ketuanan Melayu” for the UMNO Malay political elites through the accumulation of massive material wealth for themselves and their cronies. And while UMNO has failed by almost any measure you chose to gauge them – good governance or morality – without question they have succeeded too well in the engineering of the population of this country of ours.

    The duplicity of UMNO in proclaiming Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara while all the while undertaking a relentless program to whittle down the numbers of the non-Malays through very precise and focused initiatives is breath taking in its effectiveness!

    Consider this:

    In 1957:

    – 45% of the population was Chinese.

    – 12% of the population was Indians.

    In 2010

    – 25% of the population is Chinese.

    – 7% of the population is Indians.

    Over 600,000 Chinese and Indian Malaysians with red IC were rejected repeatedly when applying for citizenship and possibly 60% of them had passed away due to old age.

    Since 1957:

    – 2 million Chinese have emigrated.

    – 0.5 million Indians have also emigrated overseas.

    – 3 million Indonesians migrated to Malaysia to become Malaysian citizens with Bumiputra status.

    Now the non-Malays are well aware of this tinkering and engineering of our population and it would do us Malays no good to say that it was UMNO doing and that we had no hand in what happened. As a Malay I was then comfortable that UMNO was the dominant partner in the Barisan Nasional.

    It was comforting to know that Malays controlled four of the five major banks.

    Education? Between 1968 to 2000:

    – 48 Chinese Primary Schools closed down.

    – 144 Indian Primary Schools closed down.

    – 2637 Malay Primary Schools were built.

    Of the total government budget for these schools 2.5% were for the Chinese Primary Schools, 1% for the Indian Primary School and 96.5% for the Malay Primary School .

    Petronas Petrol Stations? Of the 2000 station the Malays owned 99%.

    Yes we Malays were indeed in control. In control of what?

    We were in control of the all the business licenses and permits for Taxis and Approved Permits.

    We were in control of Government contracts of which 95% were given to Malays.

    We were in control of the Rice Trade through Bernas that bought over 80% of Chinese Rice Millers in Kedah.

    We were in control of UMBC, MISC and Southern Bank – all previously owned by Chinese.

    We were in control of bus companies. Throughout Malaysia MARA buses could be seen plying all the routes. Non-Malays were simply displaced by having their application for bus routes and for new buses rejected.

    Every new housing estate built had a mosque or a surau. None, I repeat “no” temples or churches were built for any housing estate!

    So why with control over all these highly visible entities and business opportunities are the Malays still unable to stand tall and with pride over and above the non-Malays? We are unable to so do because it was not the Malays that benefited from these opportunities – UMNO did.

    Why must UMNO constantly harp about the need to spoon feed the Malays – about ketuanan Melayu when it is already in place and about Bumiputra status and all the privileges and rights that goes with that status?

    And as a Malay I want to ask the non-Malays why do you still choose to live in a country whose government has by its actions and deeds done whatever it could to make you not feel welcomed? The non-Malays I know have all told me the same thing – Malaysia is their country – they know of no other country they can call their own. And so they stay and put up with the abuses.

    The difference now is that there are enough Malays who are shamed by the antics of this Malay political organization called UMNO. There are enough Malays to tell the non-Malays that we feel your pain. We understand your frustrations and despair at not being treated as equals in a country you call your own. And enough non-Malays have migrated abroad to cause our country to understand that their loss is another country’s gain. A loss, which our country can ill afford to sustain.

    And more importantly all this ground swell of disgust and contempt at UMNO has manifested itself in a way these political idiots understand – losing our votes in the 12th General Elections. Amen for that.

    And so we wait for the 13th General Election which we hope will dish out the relevant karma for UMNO and its Barisan Nasional partners. Meantime understand what they have done to us all – not only the non-Malays but also to the Malays and do not allow Barisan Nasional to play the race card and start their divide and rule antics on us anymore.

    You are one with me we are two. “

  5. Din
    I find it difficult to read the mind of Sakmongkol. He is obviously an intelligent Malay who understands the shenanigans of the UMNO crooks, in particular TDM. Yet he clings on to the hope that these UMNO cronies will change. Every piece that he has written, he wants UMNO to change. Every revelation he has made is with the hope that the cronies will fell remorse. Yet as Rightways has correctly pointed out, the UMNO cronies were intent on controlling the Malays rather than freeing them. UMNO’s whole purpose that only the leadership is capable of thinking and nobody else. UMNO has til now controlled Malay employment through the control of Govt and the GLCs and does not want them to be independent entrepreneurs. But their failure lies in that fact that education has made many Malays now to think for themselve. The power shift between the masses and the Govt brought on by the new media and the internet is a critical tipping point. the americans are probably rueing the day they set the world free with the internet, as much as the UMNO Govt is trying its best to control this. I feel the impact in the Middle East and Egypt is just the beginning of a new sense of freedom. the elite and the cronies cannot get away as easily as they did before.
    I feel sorry that for Askmongkol as he will ultimately be disappointed by UMNO which refuses to recognises the realities.

  6. Hussein Abd Hamid’s article struck a chord.
    yes, this is MY country yet not my country anymore. Not when I am being casted as a pendatang by the very leaders in power.

    Race polarisation, hatred & religious divide have never being more dastardly eminent than now. I now even have second thought about hosting my yearly multi-racial CNY Open Hse 😦

    Gone are the days when we were one. FaceBook unite me with many primary & secondary school chums…we were so ONE then. My best friends were/are malays. I bereaved the fact that nazaruddin a.k.a Atan had passed on. Atan used to unconditionally share his 0.10sen daily allowance with me and I owed him many a 0.5sen… And also the late Meor, whose mum had treated me like just another son…

    Sadly, my child wont be experiencing the 1ness like mine amongst malay friends….

  7. What is this Madman Apanama talking about. He had the opportunity for over 22 years to take care of Malay unity yet he was responsible for the Malay disunity. He played the race card to the fullest, he divided the country and the various races so they were not able to act against him and his grandoise plan to loot the country under the guise of Bumiputra and Malay rights. Now he’s lamenting about Malay unity. Poorah

  8. UMNO has shackled the Malays good and proper without their realizing it!

    They are dependent on UMNO for a scholarship, for jobs, for contracts for protection from the imaginary enemies and voracious Chinese.

    The Malays even need UMNO to think for them and turn a blind eye to their thievery, corruption and abuse of power.

    UMNO reins them in as the masters of old rein in their slaves.

  9. Sakmongkol AK47 on his usual Malay-centric journey.

    The fact remains UMNO is just a POLITICAL PARTY, nothing more and nothing less. It is not a cultural entity of any sort. It was not founded to save the fate of the Malay community, and it was not founded as a saviour of the Malay race.

    Too much spin by UMNO lackeys to make UMNO as equal to the fate of the Malays and their destiny in this country. As though the establishment of the another Malay based party is seen as ANTI-MALAY or as an attempt to divide the Malay community or to send the Malays into the South China Sea.

    Too much garbage fed to the ordinary Malays about the importance of UMNO. It IS only a political party established to fight alongside with the Chinese and Indians for Independence of Malaya from the Brits. An analogy is that of PAP viewed by people like LKY who thinks PAP is the only political party that can save the future of Singapore. Utter rubbish thinking when it relates to UMNO despite the pseudo-intellectual input of Sakmongkol AK47.

    Sakmongkol AK47 is intelligent enough, though he never used his intelligence when it comes to expressisng his silly Malay-centric views about UMNO, as though without UMNO, Melayu akan hilang di dunia.

    It is all a political spin given UMNO’s existence has no cultural basis. In fact such write-up and in particular the rhetoric from the senile old man has nothing to do with the destiny of the Malays rather more with the entrenchment of power of the Malay elites.

    UMNO is irrelevant once Malaysians can upscale their thinking and maturity into a nation that is race-blind and see national issues from socio-economic concerns of EVERY Malaysian.

    Until it can do that, Malaysia will just be another Third World country with wannabe dreams of being a First World Nation. And for that, thanks to the racial paranoia of UMNO leaders and lackeys like Sakmongkol AK47.

    Malaysians, and particularly intelligent and smart Malays should take this article with a sea of water with it. Only racial paranoids are bothered about UMNO as a entity to protect the interests of the Malay.

  10. That is why the top Malays in the Judiciary, AG Chambers, PDRM, MACC, Civil Service, Election Commission, Media editors, GLCCs and even the Ulamaks do its bidding without question.

  11. It takes a righteous man to admit his party is in deep shit and Sakamongkol has that honour of that chinese loyalty to the devine emperor! He still has hope Umno can change so we wish him luck to it!

  12. Upon reading Encik Hussein Hamid’s piece in the comments above, the similarity with whites in the
    Southern USA really strikes me.

    Whites in S. USA are kept poor and oppressed but they feel good because of white supremacist ideology that make them feel they can lord it over the blacks. (Hence their fury when Obama – a “black” even though his mother is “white” – became President).

    Malays in W. Malaysia are kept poor and oppressed but they feel good because of Malay supremacist ideology that make them feel they are under threat by the Chinese “Other”.

  13. Correction:

    Malays in W. Malaysia are kept poor and oppressed but they feel good because of Malay supremacist ideology (such as the Tanah Melayu stuff). Paradoxically, they are also made to feel that they are under threat by the Chinese “Other”.

  14. The former UMNO president said the party struggle now was only about contracts, APs and licences. He stressed that the party must return to its roots and help unite a divided Malay community.


    I have no quarrel with that. Except that it is too little too late — and that too after he made his pile.

  15. UMNO has a choice: status quo, or reform. It is a major political party with great leaders like Dato Onn Jaafar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn and it must be fair to all Malaysians.

    There must be an end to this Tanah Melayu and pendatang and Perkasa stuff, and racist rhetoric. The Malays are not under seige, only scared of their own shadows. Someone in UMNO must ask Mahathir to shut up. I am not an UMNO member, so my Shut Up Mahathir call will fall on deaf ears. Time for UMNO to show leadership. We need a confident UMNO.

    If it does not reform, UMNO will become irrelevant, out of touch with reality, and xenophobic, and will have to resort to Mubarakian repressive methods in order to stay in power. It is better for UMNO to be on the side of history. Otherwise it will become like Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, which is now being totally rejected by Egyptians.–Din Merican

  16. UMNO has a choice: status quo, or reform. – Dato Din

    Refom into what?

    -A race- based party that is race-blind?

    – A racially-biased party that also looks after the interest of other races ?

    – reform against corruption and cronyism? Impossible to reform since UMNO started out as a party led by Malay elites which evolved over 50 years into a party supported by cronies and undeserved individuals gained by power by corruption. UMNO in Govt will not allow the LAW to get rid of corruption in the party itself.

    Every UMNO wannabe leader will call for reform and when they are in power they will maintain the status quo. The classic example is the “I am Malay first and Malaysian second” pea-brained Deputy President of UMNO who by default and if given a choice will never be made one by the majority of Malaysians, became a Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

    People like Sakmongkil AK47 shouting at UMNO for reform is like a dog at night barking at the moon not to shine at night.

  17. Any reform of UMNO is of LITTLE VALUE to the vast majority of Malaysians, especially to non UMNO voters.

    A reformed UMNO is still a race- based party with racist policies.

    A reformed UMNO can never be a race- blind political party.

    A reformed UMNO will still not meet the standards of a civilised society of the 21st century and of an enlightened democratic society.

    A reformed UMNO is what UMNO members want. It is not a wish list of Malaysians in general.

    Only when UMNO reinvent and remake itself into a race-blind political party, then only, and only, it can be said UMNO has reformed. Otherwise it is the same rotten wood given with another paint colour on the surface.

  18. The call for reform of UMNO should be an in-house matter for the small percentage of Malays who joined UMNO. It is irrelevant and of NO significant value to Malaysians who are NOT UMNO voters at all.

    Why should non UMNO members care two hoot whether UMNO is reformed or not.

    UMNO reformed against corruption and cronyism is an in-house matter for UMNO members.

    For Malaysian voters at large, if UMNO is corrupt and infested with cronies, take UMNO out of govt. In other words, why give a shit to UMNO on this issue,

    The real reform is for UMNO members to have the guts to reinvent itself into a race-blind party, ie a truly Malaysian NATIONAL party, not a Malay-based racist party.

    Let those subscription paying UMNO members spend their time to worry about reforming UMNO so that the rest can focus OTHER OPTIONS to make Malaysia a better country.

    I wouldnt give one cent or one minute of my time or bandwith to discuss about reforming UMNO. Sakmongkol AK47 talks about reforming UMNO, not as a Malaysian voter but as an UMNO member.

    Waste of time discussing about reforming UMNO!!!!!

  19. Most Malays are tired of being constantly reminded that we are Bumiputras. Ashamed too.
    We want to be known as people who strived for excellence and competitive with others.
    This tag of being Malay connotes negativity rather than positive notes..
    We worked hard to excel in education and get a good job on our own accord. We don’t like the insinuations that we got it because of the ‘special race’.
    In everyday lives, all of us were not conscious of our race. We are all comfortable in our skin.
    No one is threatening anyone.
    And in my UMNO division, we do provide aid to the poor in the rural areas.
    The Malays there accepted that they are poor because of lack of education. They never blamed the others for their poverty.
    Actually it’s our leaders who are always bringing up the issue.

  20. Besides all the vitriolic verbs that can be thrown at the “I am Malay first and Malaysian second” Deputy President of UMNO, he is the epitome of a lackadaisical cretin.
    He typifies other leaders of his ilk (tak peduli) by saying our students in Egypt are safe! From starvation and muggings? There were no contingency plans for their evacuation and certainly 3 C-130s ain’t enough for the 12,000+ students, not that it matters now.

  21. Pointless reforming UMNO as as long as it remains as a racist party, divide and rule policy, incapable of achieving real independence for the majority, unfair and inequitable treatments of minorities …

  22. “This tag of being Malay connotes negativity rather than positive notes…….Actually it’s our leaders who are always bringing up the issue.”

    You’re beginning to think and talk like the rest of us. That’s great, Pak Abu.

  23. Ms AK47, kenapa tak faham2 akan UMNO. It will never change as it is beyond redemption . Corrupt to the core dari atas sampai ka akar umbi. Penuh dengan ‘plunderer’ dan ‘penyamun’ wang rakyat.
    With regards to awards of contracts, APs and Licences to croonies, siapa ke agak nya yang memulakan budaya kotor ini kalau bukan Maha Firuan di era pemerintahan beliau.
    Keadaan UMNO sekarang agak melucukan. Bayangkan sebuah parti besar seperti UMNO, Executive Secretary nya cuma lepasan SRP dan Setia Usaha Agong nya adalah ‘sidekick’ atau ‘macai’ saorang ahli konglomerat berbangsa China. Belum sempat UMNO habis berbincang tentang isu Melayu pada waktu pagi, MCA atau Gerakan sudah tahu akan cerita nya pada jam 1 tengah hari.
    Oleh itu lupakan sahaja akan agan2 tersebut.
    It will never happen selagi parti itu di penuhi dengan bangsat2 dan baruah yang akan menjual even their mothers to stay in power.

  24. Spokespersons for fascism in Malaysia:

    A Malay loudmouth (Ibrahim Ali)
    A Chinese convert with extremist views
    (Ridhuan Tee)
    A half-Indian rabble-rousing politician (Mahathir)

    We are a strange country indeed.

  25. Have always been that way Tok Chik.
    But sometimes I like to provoke Frank.
    And since there are many UMNO-bashers here, I feel I have to defend my party.
    It’s always my party, right and wrong to me which I think Sakmongkol also subscribe too.
    We know UMNO has many imperfections, but we still stick around.
    It’s just like our wives, we quarrel sometimes, but never think of leaving them.
    And for me, it’s okay for members to criticise their party. But when it comes from outsiders, I get hot and bothered at times.

  26. Who needs a confident UMNO ? : they have no confidence in themselves ! Yes, suffering from Inferiority Complex.

    Why ? ? The top elites had always been prone to enlist ” garbage-collectors’s mentality” to be ” leaders” at various levels of YABs. YBs, and Heads of Govt Agencies & Depts & putting these politicians to head Govt-backed Corporations like Sime Darby or Felda, to name a few.
    Under Mahathirism socio-politico-economic pursuits, the regime virtually flushed out most qualified, skilled professional Malays ( because he was anti-West ). But more, from a sense of inferiority complex, suffering under a delusion that ” good & clever ” Malays were a threat to the leadership.

    Wow, the top regime loves ” flattery “, but I was trained by the British, & their culture was that IF anyone is easily prone to flattery, they are NOT FIT to be leaders ! !

  27. ( Afterthought )

    Tough Leaders, Tun Ismail Ali, Tun Salleh Abbas, Tan Sri Nazzaruddin ( retired ) & many others…in the Judiciary, Tun Suffian, Ong Brothers ( HT & HS Ong ), Chan Meng Tat, Eusoffe Abdul Kadir, late Wan Sulaiman, Wan Yahaya, VC George, Gopal Sri Ram…and the list can go on…. ( quite a few ) – No nonsense with them, & the Nation respected them !

  28. Pak Abu, we are not UMNO bashers. We are just putting things in the right prespective.

    For starters, can you swallow the fact that the Ketua Putra UMNO Malaysia sekolah cuma sampai Tingkatan Tiga !!! Naik dalam politik UMNO kerana pakar dalam ilmu jilat menjilat.

    In another scenario, plse justify bagaimana Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia amassed so much wealth dalam jangka umur yang bagitu muda kalau tidak dengan cara yang haram. (ECM Libra fiasco). Fikir2 kan !!!

  29. This tag of being Malay connotes negativity rather than positive notes..- Pak Abu

    You know where to point your finger at if others had that perception. If you don’t know, look around at your MalaY friends you mixed with, and your political affiliation. I don’t use the word “pariah” very likely because of the negative connotation. .

  30. But when it comes from outsiders, I get hot and bothered at times.- Pak Abu

    Yeah, why don’t you get hot at those who hated UMNO so much, they not only vocalize their hatred, but they don’t vote UMNO… here I mean your fellow Malays.

    It is good that you get hot and bothered. and I hope all the time. That means we are saying something RIGHT after all.

  31. The Malays there accepted that they are poor because of lack of education. They never blamed the others for their poverty.- Pak Abu

    On this, I agree with you. I have never met any Malay and talked to, in all my years, especially in the rural heartland, who blamed other races.

    You say, it is our leaders. You got to be more specific… it is UMNO leaders who are making our Malays to suffer from this dependency-syndrome. Without this disease epidemic spread by UMNO among the Malay community , people who are ketua Cawangan and Ketua Bahagian UMNO will be useless and be without contracts-on-the-lap.

  32. Why does this retard Mamak, after years in retirement still wants to dictate as though he is still the supreme one. Let us not missed the forest for the trees: this devil Incarnate is a manipulator of the highest degree. He does thing not for the sake of the Malays but has the ulterior motive of perpetuating his dynastic ambitions.

    This mamak is afraid that if he does not put his son onto the throne before he dies, his legacy will forever be associated with abuse of power and corruption. So by putting his son into real power, history will still maintain that he is the best thing that has ever happened in Malaysia since sliced bread. He knows that Najib is damaged goods and it would be easier to dislodge such a person before time runs out for him to do so.

    I say there is a struggle behind the scene in UMNO to remove Najib before Najib can get his real mandate which he can call his own. Time is working hard against this despicable mamak.

  33. TANAH semua didunia ini bukan lah hak milik sesiapa pun, kita semua meminjam sahaja, yang ada pada kita “6x6x6” itu sahaja..itu pun lepas mampus…baru dapat …..ada faham!

    Translated…no land belongs to no one…we are here as mortals and we are just borrowing it…what we have is 6x6x6, that even is on loan….when we are REALLY DEAD !

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