Is there to be a sort of Malay Renaissance?Some young UMNO members who seem to be really full of fire believe they can do it - renew UMNO from within what they call "cleansing," purging the party of the corrupt self-seekers.
After having spent some few hours in the corridors of the UMNO General Assembly, and after having been warned by one of my UMNO friends that I was spotted, I left the premises only to join a group of UMNO members, a group I was taken to meet by my friend at a restaurant on the other side of the City.
After my meeting I felt I had to put all this in writing, because this group looks promising, it seems set and determined for change, change from within UMNO and to accomplish this it is willing to sacrifice the power of the BN at the next General Elections, that is how serious this group is.
Is the present ring of fire being laid around Najib coincidental that it had to come out just before the UMNO General Assembly or was it deliberately planned?
Is it something planned by UMNO itself to rid themselves of a man they see as, "a huge liability to the party, race and country," as one Johor UMNO member put it.
We must give Najib some credit for trying hard to salvage his name and reputation, but even his best efforts are not good enough and he has only himself to blame, he is complacent, lacks strategy and is too weak.
Today a good many UMNO members believe he had something to do with the murder of Altantuya Shaaribu, although they do not believe that he has done it himself or that he had given the orders to his two body guards to do it, but they have been silently pointing their fingers to someone so close to him saying, "only that person would have had the authority to direct the guards."
UMNO members are not really too worried about the murder of Altantuya though, "after all she was not a Malay and not a Muslim but only a Mongolian and that too a woman," said one source. The way UMNO men behave in Parliament and elsewhere I do not think anyone of us could be taken by surprise by that statement, after all that is the pakar UMNO mentality.
Najib is seen as a weakling because of the Rosmah factor, his inability to silence his contradicting deputy and the fact that he has hardly come out to defend his name each time a damaging accusation is made out agaisnt him, they feel that Rosmah has too much control over him, in fact the whispers in the corridors at the recent UMNO meeting by the anti Najib faction were all centred on Rosmah, his deputy and the fact that he hides under the office of the Prime Minster using his power not to answer but remain silent.
They were talking about Rosmah's insatiable hunger to grab business opportunities, wealth and anything that would enrich her. The name of a certain prominent Malaysian Indian businessman (not Deepak) kept coming up over and over again, a new Television Company to rival Astro was mentioned, so many things and all roads led back to the house of Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak.
Imagine the Johor UMNO members attacking Hishamuddin, saying he knows nothing and does not deserve a seat, leave alone the position of Home Minister. They were comparing him with more prominent Malays who'd do UMNO proud according to them, that seems to be a direct affront to Najib.
The dissatisfaction in UMNO is coming from its bright and intelligent young members in their thirties to early fifties, I encountered a successful Charted Accountant, two lawyers who are not in the business of law, economists, engineers both software and hardware types, managers from industry including some from Civil service, one from PNB, and they claim to have a direct group of more than 250 professionals in their group split into functions and looking after districts in various states, but alas they have to be quiet, these are accomplished young Malays, they are academically accomplished too, and one of them quipped, "you'll not see me sitting on the same table with him," the 'him' was Khairy Jamaluddin and the reference was made after he was asked why this group did not attempt to engage Khairy to support their cause to what they call, "cleanse and purge" UMNO as he is an 'intellectual' too. One of the lawyers in the group looked at me and said,"intellectual" as though it was a question and smiled.
This Johor UMNO group seems to hold swing among the members in certain key states, many of them academically accomplished members from local and foreign universities , they have identified who must not be returned to Parliament, they are confident BN will win but with a huge reduction in the UMNO seats, they are prepared and even not too worried about the BN losing control and they seem to want it that way to pave the way for what they call a "Cleansed UMNO."
One of them who identified himself as Daud said. "very honestly we do not mind losing this time around, we know we can win the next time but that is only after we purge this party, it requires to be cleansed totally even if that takes twenty years, we need to cleanse the party, not "reform thee party" as they say, its all just pulling wool over our eyes, if it is not cleansed it is only a matter of time before we go this route again, and the grassroots must understand the consequences of what is really happening. They must see the potential outcomes after it is cleansed, and they will follow us, they have been lied to once too often by a party they trust, a party of self seekers."
"For us more than anyone else it is the country and the race that matters," when asked "what about the King?" one of them immediately replied, "oh yes! the King, indeed the the King, but that is understood," he said.
So is it a coincidence that Deepak and Musa Hassan has come out at this time?
Does Musa know what we do not, is the BN in for a big fall?
Is Najib the 'Nero' of UMNO?
Is it a coincidence that Johor PAS has lodged a Police report on the matter of Musa Hassan's allegations?
In fact even the PAS leadership was not aware of the Johor PAS move to lodge a police report?
The action according to some PAS members was done on the instigation of certain friendly UMNO members in Johor, all this is being done to embarrass and tire Najib, whilst in the front there seems to be the most cordial of relationships between Muhyiddin and Najib, but are these Muhyidin's men in the first place? It's really hard to tell, to them Muhyiddin may be a 'stop gap' we have had a few in UMNO and he seems to be the next.
Najib almost caved in, had it not been for the Deepak and Musa allegations he would have announced the General Elections, giving way to the demands of the 'Muhyiddin group,' he came in hinting that it was going to happen till Deepak and Musa came and threw the spanner into the works.
Muhyiddin's men or at least they seem to be so "his men", are fed up, they have given their boss an ultimatum take on Najib or face the wrath of the membership, and they have many friends in both PAS and Keadillan and make no mistake DAP sympathizers too and they will help the opposition no matter what the pledges taken at the UMNO General Assembly they have nothing but contempt for the leadership.
Whilst Najib is beginning to win some confidence of the urban electorate, many and I mean many of the rural voters are beginning not to trust this son of Tun Abdul Razak anymore.
If the young group in UMNO goes about doing what they are now UMNO and BN for that matter are heading for a huge change.
Will Najib make it?
"Yes, of course he will win Pekan, unless they give him a really tough candidate, because he is known to self destruct when faced by challenges (a typical Nero), however whatever is said he will win Pekan but he will lose the battle," that was the opinion of this young group.
The BN will win with an even more reduced majority, UMNO's performance will be pathetic, even Muhyiddin may lose his right to lead, and with that Najib has to make way, this is not something plucked from the air, whilst some say Mahathir may be called back the young silent elite are totally against it, this seems to be another group of ultras only that they are more refined and totally against Mahathir.
"We'll oppose Mahahtir with all our might, and he will not be able to take us on, we do not want a dynasty or dynasties in Malaysia, you can have that in India (the Nehru dynasty), in Pakistan, you can have that in the Philippines you can have it anywhere but not in Malaysia, this country belongs to the people and not political dynasties, we have a King to protect, we must not allow political dynasties to crop up, there is no place for them in this Kingdom, they will undermine the authority of the Sultans and the King" said this chap with a white skull cap and a goatee, who refused to divulge his name, but only say that, "history and Constitutional law are my major."
"UMNO has lost its identity, Mahathir has stolen UMNO for himself and that is why UMNO Baru was created. Musa used to say "UMNO is Malay and Malay is UMNO" and yes that was the spirit of UMNO, it has been robbed, it has lost its Malay identity, take a look UMNO is no longer Malay, the Malays is subservient to this 'Melayu Baru,' we are second class.
"He (Mahathir) is trying to rewrite History with him being the centre of Malaysia, he has robbed us of our heritage - UMNO, say the word "Bapak Malaysia" to him and let him know you are referring to the Tengku and he'll go all mad. Look we are good people he has taken advantage of us, and now we want to reclaim UMNO and our identitiy, the party that will really lead the Malaysian people, not this stupid, corrupt group of people who have actually robbed UMNO from us, and to make matters worse it is being done with the help of some Malays whose parents were great UMNO leaders."
"These people have dynastic dreams, they have joined forces with the likes of Mahathir and robbed us, we need to stop it, we need to make the Malays aware, he drove a Malay out (Musa Hitam) and he took over UMNO and brought in his people, people we accepted in good faith, they have come in and taken all, just look around you and you'll see it, and they even changed the identity of the Malay, they are the higher class Malays when in fact they are no Malays at all, they have mistaken our generosity, we are not fools, we will now have to show them, to come out in the open in UMNO is to welcome a compromise, we are not for compromise, so we have to do it discreetly for now."
When asked who will back you, the immediate response was, "the grassroots, remember we are working hard we are making sacrifices, some of us sleep in our cars when we go around, we went to the ground to buka puasa, the people did not have to clean their houses and serve their best to us, we took food along too, we have our people at Division and Branch levels, the new members are young, we are recruiting new members too, the young like us, we are seen as vibrant and more relevant with the times, we do not clamor for power, we are Islam, we are here to serve, we hunger to serve our race, our country and King" then looking across the table he signaled one spectacled gentleman, who rose up and said, "sharing is over we have to get to our tasks, please take note we are not in this for ourselves, but for the race the country and the King, and we ask for nothing in return, we do not want to be rich through politics we want the Malays to progress and become rich, we want Malaysians to become rich and ours is a sacrifice we call it "Korban" we ask only that you report fairly, so people will look at us an judge UMNO correctly sometime soon."
This group was introduced to me by my friend from Melaka where UMNO is strong, the present UMNO I mean, (after the recent General Assembly) and he said this to me, "Toffee, I promise you after we have purged UMNO, this country will be good and even the non Malays will vote for us, I promise you that, we are not here to take from them, we are here to share the nation with all the races, we believe they (other races) are part of us and without them it is a no win win situation but rather a lose lose situation, we want a strong and vibrant Malaysia, that is why we say if Anwar wins this time around may Allah bless him, we think he deserves it more than anyone else, he'll do a much better job than the present group in our party, but given the time we hope to mend the rift and bring this great nation together all of us and we can, and for that Najib and all those cronies and this practice of nepotism must be wiped out and UMNO will no longer be corrupt, we want this nation to be a shining example in line with Islamic values clean and efficient and friendly, in our culture we have always been a friendly and hospitable people, Mahathir changed a lot of that, people in UMNO think every Chinese and Indian is an enemy, they have preached this - in this UMNO of Mahathir."
Change. It's all beginning in Johor and I am wondering if history is rewriting itself?