First Posted Saturday, November 14, 2009 – read it just now and nothing has bloody changed! Nothing!

Prime Minister’s Gallery, Perdana Leadership Foundation.

In his first few days in
Office I watched Najib with detached amusement of his first “turun padang’ in
Brickfields and then Chinatown and my thoughts went back to Pak Lah and his
“unannounced” visit to the Immigration Department in Damansara and Mahathir
with his name tags and clocking-in antics. All show and no substance but good
photo opportunity sessions. 
Maybe amusement would not be the most appropriate
response with Najib because by then we were acutely aware of what UMNO has
become and we have the right to feel anger at the way the past three Prime
Minister have collectively managed to mismanaged and consigned our country to
audacious levels of corruption in government and an orgy of conspicuous
consumption amongst the political elites (and I use the term elites loosely
here!)
It has been a challenging
five decades after Merdeka for us Malays. If the Malays have not existed UMNO
would have to invent us because without the Malays UMNO would not have survived
the May 13th incident in 1969.  

Then after the Malays came the
Bumiputra and now Ketuanan Melayu! UNNO had always had the interest of the
Malays at heart in everything that they do and this interest were conceptionalized
into massive and grandiose master plans and projects that benefited, in
reality, UMNO rather then the Malays. 
Let no one be under the illusion that the
blame for the situation this country now finds itself in can and should be laid
at the door of UMNO.
It would seem that taking a
lesson from the May 13 riots of 1969, UMNO would again happily reduce our
country to chaos in order to remain in power. Racial issues, even in the best
of time are notoriously difficult to manage and regulate and what regulations
artificially put in place to induce its growth will fail without the political
will to make it happen. And this political will was conspicuously missing in
the 50 years that UMNO has ruled.
Time and time again the
parroting of the Rukun Negara and various racial harmony programs was suppose
to bring a new era of One Malaysia but have resulted instead in miserable
failure. It would indeed be sad if these failures were to be exploited by UMNO
and interpreted by them as the Malays still needing time to come to par with
the others and in so concluding UMNO would then happily roll back to those post
May 13th days of 1969. 
Grim as the conditions are now it must not be
forgotten that greater and more prolonged problems resulted from the years of
strong government intervention in business during Mahathir’s time. What we are
facing now has its roots during those days where Mahathir ruled the land in
splendid isolation without the benefit of checks and balances to counter his
excesses. What ISA problems we now have is nothing compared to the 106  arrested under the ISA on October 27
1987 by PDRM under Ops Lalang and the revoking of the publishing of two dallies
The Star and SinChew Jit Poh and two weeklies The Sunday Star and Watan.
Then, as now, the problems of
the Mahathir years resulted from the awakening of the political elites and
preferred cronies to the possibilities of accumulating richness sans borders. 
Everything was fair game. utilities, health, race, age, national pride,
national unity, royalty, Petronas, Tabung Haji, EPF, PDRM, Mindef the
Judiciary  – anywhere where a
Ringgit could be made was fair game. All this was done with the enthusiastic
connivance of the powers that be – from the Prime minister down! Pillage and plunder
when done by the rich and powerful devastates a country resources. It involves
the populace as the actions of its leaders seemingly give legality to the very
act of corruption. Corruption dictates a mentality that breaks down all
previously existing sentiments which holds a decent society together.
Corruption became the norm. Its insidious entry into the Malay psyche has taken
roots where it damages its own race most – within its own political leaders.

For now what has awakened the
people in the last General election is the fear of failure. 

By declining to
give UMNO carte blanc to rule Malaysia again for the next five years the
Malaysian People made an important statement: that no one, not even UMNO will
be allowed to fail us again  – we
now give Pakatan Rakyat  the
opportunity to get part of our house back in order before it fails completely.

steadyaku47 comment : Has Pakatan Rakyat failed us to?