These
Malays who are the leaders in UMNO….they were once decent people. There were
once Malays who had the well-being and welfare of other Malays in their hearts.
They wanted the Malays to succeed in education, in business and they wanted the
Malays to be able to stand with pride amongst the other races in Malaysia. They
started their life in politics with these thoughts.
It
changed when Mahathir took his place as Prime Minister. This was no ordinary
man. He had intellect. He had intelligence. He worked hard and he knew exactly
what he wanted and how to go about getting it. He was a man who had the power
to do much. If only he had used his power for good rather then for evil.
As
he was talking about racial harmony he understood the need of the racial divide
to keep the people off balance and he used the racial divide to weave his
politics of divide and rule. As he consolidated his hold on his cabinet he
understood the need to have Minister who were   corrupt, weak of the flesh and susceptible to the lure
of money and every other imaginable persuasion so that he could use these
weaknesses to exert control over them. Truly Mahathir is a disciple of
Machiavelli – adept in using cunning and deceitful tactics in politics!
What
happened with Pak Lah totally defined Mahathir. Nothing matters except what
Mahathir wants. Not what UMNO, Barisan Nasional, the people or what the country
wants. He will have his way no matter what. God did not give him the grace to
understand that others are different in thoughts and deeds to him. In the end
that will be the epitaph of this man.
And
now to where we are at now. Does Najib ever stop to look at the people in the
country that he is Prime Minister of as individuals? Does this Din who is so
fond of issuing threats and ultimatums from his Ministry of Home Affairs ever
stop to think that these people that he issues those threats and ultimatums are
made up of individuals – Malay, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Ibans, young and old,
men and women…that each and every one of these individuals are able to think
for themselves and decide what they want to do with their life and their votes?
Or are all these leaders on an ego trip?
For
me the spectacle of Najib trying to impose some semblance of dignity and
authority to the position of Prime Minister of our country is sad because:
Najib
you cannot build a house on sand. It is futile for you to expect the people of
this country to allow you to govern them until you have earned that right.
For
one you were not chosen to be Prime Minister of this country by the people –
Pak Lah did! So you came into office with blood on your hands–Pak Lah’s blood.
It was a well-organized assassination. UMNO at its best. Not only were Mahathir
and you able to turn UMNO against their own President but also you even managed
to get the people of Malaysia to come along for the ride.
At
that point of time Najib presented a clear break from the excesses of Pak Lah
and the ‘excesses’ we most disliked was the power (real or imagined) then being
wielded by Khairy Jamaluddin. We would even have accepted Mahathir back as
Prime Minister if it meant we could rid ourself of that young upstart call KJ!
So
that alone meant that Najib came in as Prime Minister on a high. But wither
goes Najib after that? The growing unpopularity of a once much loved and
popular Prime Minister affectionately called Pak Lah had propelled Najib,
albeit with much help from Mahathir, into a post he badly needed to ensure his
political survival even as another potentially deadly threat looms
-ALTANTUYA!   
In
my humble opinion where Najib erred was in his handling of the Altantuya
situation. His early appointment as Prime Minister was not, as he thought, the
solution to this problem. It merely gave him time to regroup. He should have
used his entry into office to sit down quietly and figure out what he could do
to diffuse the Altantuya problem – not use the Prime Minister’s office as a
refuge from it.
Yes
there were questions about his past judgement in his days as MB of Pahang and
in Federal Politics that could embarrass him on a personal and political level
but who in UMNO did not have skeletons in the closet? There were worries about
the propensity of Rosmah to act more ‘Presidential’ then Najib but even this,
with common sense, could be managed.
In
other things political Najib had vision but lack substance. He was unable to
maintain the mood of the people. When Pak Lah took over from Mahathir there was
much hope for change for the better and this was reflected in the results of
the emphatic 2004 election victory that the people gave to Pak Lah.
But
this mood changed quickly when promises are not followed by action especially
in today’s over wired news availability through the Net. As impressive as Pak
Lahs “Work with me not for me” utterances were…cakap bukan serupa bikin…and his
inability to rein in KJ costs him the Prime Minister’s job.
But
Najib was unable to build on this. What he has done quite well without help
from any quarters is to dig a hole too deep for him to climb out of – and there
is nobody around willing to give him a helping hand to escape oblivion. Ahhhh
the arrogance of power overcomes all of us…not just the strong and powerful,
not just the little Napoleons…but also even those Mata Mata in uniforms on their
money seeking beats around the streets of our towns and cities! They fail to
understand that Malaysia belongs to many who are already dead, the few that are
now living and the countless numbers that are still unborn!
For
over fifty years you leaders in UMNO have been beating this country of ours to
near death. It would do you all good if you stop to understand that we are all
individuals amongst the faceless masses that you see. Go listen to what they
have to say. Go understand what they aspire to. Or, better yet, understand that
like you, they simply want the right to earn a decent living, a roof over their
heads and the freedom to live their live to the best of their ability in peace.
Humankind has not woven
the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to
the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All
things connect.  ~Chief Seattle, 1855
If
you understand this, then maybe you will understand the need to have
compassion, decency and aspire to do well to others in your time as Prime
Minister…in your time in life. ….but maybe…just maybe…it might be too much to
ask of you and of those in Barisan Nasional.