From Wong Mun Chee, via e-mail
Without pandering into the state of present day Umno, I really don’t care if Umno wins or Pakatan wins but in all fairness to Malaysians, our elected representatives should ensure policies and governance are just and fair to all Malaysian irrespective of their origin.
We had fair and just leaders in Umno’s yesteryear, like Onn Jaafar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn. Yet what we face with the current breed are a neocolonialism of non Muslim Malaysians, courtesy of Mahathir. As for the Pakatan faction who seem to enjoy their limited power, they are all divided as preference is again their game plan to emulate Umno.
The leaders of yesteryear are took risks to effect the desired change, no matter how great the challenges, without playing the racial game that we see with the current Umno breed. Why did we fight for Merdeka?
So that the different races can be divided? That can’t be the way, right? That can’t be why all these great Malay and Umno leaders fought for.
Something is wrong…I hope new discussions will start. Why are we building Malaysia? What Malaysia are we building? What kind of symbol is Malaysia supposed to be? The power and money politics initiated by Mahathir, encouraging nepotism, bribery, corruption had totally paralysed the nation from its true objective of impartiality for the citizenry since 1980.
Absolute domination and unbalanced policies in the socio-development against certain segments of the society has brought about the uprising of Hindraf, Orang Asli issues, etc.
Mahathir had to swallow his own pride when his mismanagement of the nation led him to lose a divisional seat in 2006. He probably realised at that juncture that nobody seems to be invisible when nepotism, bribery, corruption is at play and realised that he had spawned a culture of selfish leaders within Umno who are focused on their personal wealth and well being as opposed to the development of the nation.
The recent uproar of Perkasa and Utusan Malaysia under the guidance of Mahathir again is a dim reminder of the current mentality of the Umno leaders who seem to observe silence with their tootless alliance unlike the originators of Umno without fear or favour.
I’m sure there is goodness in Umno leaders or any leader for the matter if fair play is in place rather than one stroking farcical notions like what we have seen lately with Perkasa and Utusan. We have seen this in the preceding Mahathir era Umno leaders and I see no reason why the current crop cannot emulate their predeccesors.
Umno or Pakatan, it does not really matter as long as the elective legislators play their role in fairness without their typical melodrama and self interest but addressing the issues in hand for the betterment of the nation as a whole for all.