There is no nobility in the politics of UMNO and
Barisan Nasional. No respect, no honour, no dignity and certainly no integrity.
But money and power is a powerful aphrodisiac and it continues to suck in the
gullible into this second oldest profession and UMNO continues to recruits
those with a keen eye for the spoils of victory. Unlike the oldest profession
that satisfies only one of man’s primary urges, UMNO politics does more. Power
and greed tops the list.

UMNO’s present President proclaims that Malaysia is
for everyone and 1 Malaysia is the way to go. UMNO’s past president, even at 84
years old, is wheeled out to champion the Malays using Perkasa as his special
purpose vehicle to cut a swathe across the Malays and non-Malays and create a racial
divide that UMNO hopes will kick start the Malay surge towards UMNO. A good cop
bad cop routine which might have worked in the good old days of pre 1983 when
the World Wide Web was still being developed but hardly likely now.        
MCA leaders continue to chases the dragon with
UMNO. MCA leaders get their “high” from spin offs from the Ministry of
Transport and Health (among other ‘dragons!”). The PKFZ debacle and the state
of our Hospitals is a source of many of MCA’s “high” when at least for a while
the whole world for MCA was peaceful until there was no more “high” to keep
them numb. And still they crave for more “highs” and so they go back to UMNO to
ask for more and they pay for it by developing a tolerance for how UMNO
“manages” the Chinese people.
They have already sold their soul to UMNO and so
now they sell their own people – the Chinese – to UMNO. Pretty soon there will
have nothing left to bargain with UMNO in their search for their “dragon”. Then
like Samy Velu of MIC fame  – they
will leave the stage bloated and without a care of what they have done to their
own race. That my friend is what ‘chasing the dragon’ does to you – it numbs
the senses and isolates you from the sensibilities that affects us ordinary
mortals.
All their leaders are “FAT” beyond recognition. All
their leaders are masters at deceiving their own people out of their rights and
privileges. All that their leaders do is stand behind UMNO resolute in their
commitment to enriching themself.

But why do we complain. UMNO does it to their own
race. And we elected them to be our leaders. Malays, Chinese and Indians – we
all put them there. The same for Sabah and Sarawak!

The way things are now even the oldest profession
have a higher approval ratings then UMNO politicians – but then the oldest
profession has always had a higher rating then UMNO – for the oldest profession
and for UMNO, it pays to be in the cash business!
Always these politicians tell us that what they do
is for you and me. 1 Malaysia is for you and me. The Economic Transition Plan
is for you and me. Taking away the sugar subsidy is to make you and me not get
too dependent on government subsidy.
UMNO’s support gambling
licenses for Toto, Magnum, Empat Nombor Ekor, Genting. This same UMNO cautions
Muslims against accepting “sin” money from the Pakatan Rakyat’s state
government of Penang. How they reconcile the former with the latter is not an
issue to UMNO – hitting the Pakatan Rakyat government of Penang below the belt
is! That it would cost these elderly Muslim much personal hardship to return
these ‘sin money’ back to the state government is not of any consequence to
UMNO. What matters is point scoring against the opposition!
So now we have the people
of four states in Malaysia that favors the opposition over a Barisan Nasional
led state government. Why is this so? This is primarily because the credibility
of Barisan Nasional politician is at rock bottom – zilch, zero, kosong!
The people believe the
words of opposition leaders who have been incarcerated under the ISA more then
the words of our Prime Minister or any members of his cabinet.
The people believe the
words of those suspects who survived their time under custody by PDRM more then
the proclamation of innocence of wrong doings towards these suspect criminals
by the Inspector General of Police!
The words of the Penans in
Sarwak – a nomadic aboriginal people living in one of the world’s oldest rain
forest – are believed more by the people over that of their Chief Minister Taib
Mahmud!     
The words of a sergeant
“involved” in the theft of Jet Engines from the RMAF secured base is believed more
by the people over the Chief of The Air Force!
And of course the words of
our very own Prime Minister on his involvement with Altantuya, the Perak
political debacle – in fact on almost about everything he has said since
becoming Prime Minister is not believed by the people any more! The same can be
said of those so-called “elites” that makes up the Barisan Nasional government.
In Malaysia anybody will
tell you that the reputation of Barisan Nasional politicians ranks well below
just about everybody else in Malaysia! The public have a low opinion of anybody
that seek to manipulate them, con them and tell them things that are not true.
For the most part we know
that promises given by BN politicians are often given without any intention to
keep them. During campaigns they create a fairy tale world where nothing bad
will happen just as long as they win. They will spend more on this and that
without increasing taxes while also eliminating debts and deficits. We can have
everything we want if they win – who can forget Najib’s promise of millions of
ringgits million to the people of Sibu for flood mitigation – if BN’s candidate
wins!  The government can solve all
their problems.
The politicians presume
that most voters are naïve and gullible. They play on the gullibility of people
who don’t think much about politics. But what works in the short term comes at
a long-term cost to the politicians’ credibility. Yes many voters are naive and
gullible. But when eventually they realize they have been conned, they switch
not to reasoned skepticism but utter cynicism about the untrustworthiness of
these political leaders.

BN politicians also use populism to shed their elite
status when it suits them. That popular “turun padang” phrase is a good example
of this. It has become the norm for every Prime Minister and minister to have
that “turun padang” moments where they walk amongst us ordinary mortals for the
requisite 30 minutes or so an then climb back into their air-condition chariot
to be whisked away back to the world they came from – patting themselves on
their back for having gone “turun padang” to run shoulders with the masses!
Some go so far as to “toil” beside the masses in well choreographed “rubbish
removing” or “cleaning” stints on beaches and public playground – which are
good photo opportunities for all involved – especially the Ministers!

At least it would seems that UMNO is giving the people
what they want – whether it is actually in their interest or not. I just wish that UMNO will stop doing things
for us all the time. Every time they do something for us we come out the
loser. Maybe if they start doing something for themselves – that might be
better for us.