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‘Big businesses deserting Umno’

 | May 10, 2012

Umno corporate chieftains fearful of the inevitable are selling off their businesses on the quiet.


Bersih 3.0 has struck unimaginable terror in the Umno and its corporate potentates.

There is a sense of nervousness, increasingly and dreadfully alarming that has forced corporate chieftains to regularize their business interests.

1MDB buys over Ananda Krishnan’s power generation business at an astronomical price tag – obviously the price tag has been Umnonised.

The corporate potentate then sells off a sizeable portion of his oil and gas business ( Bumi Armada).

Other corporate chieftains are doing the same on the quiet side.

Big businesses are deserting Umno and the Umno fools are rushing in where angels fear to tread.

We must not fall into the Umno trap of pigeon-holing Bersih as a clash between the Malaysian people of different races.

Bersih 3.0 was resoundingly not. Bersih 3.0 was a celebration of political maturity of the Malaysian people of all races.

Each race are committed as stakeholders to ensure a good nation is passed on to the next generation.

Malays know better now

But here is the thing – if the entire population of Malaysia is composed of Malays, there will still be a Bersih-like march and protest.

Then it will be a clash between the oppressive ultra-right wing conservative-cum-feudal clique versus the disenfranchised and marginalized Malay proletariat, tired of the enslaving and exploitative and corrupt regime.

Why? Because Najib is incapable of inspiring Malays to new heights. He can only bribe and pay his way through.

The Malays who have crossed the Rubicon in 08, have tasted a better life after Umno.

And so the battle for freedom must be won over and over again.

Why should the government deny electoral reforms? Why should the Malaysian people be denied insisting elections are only for Malaysian peoples?

Why should we not demand the exclusion of phantom voters and aliens from our electoral list?

Admitting Bangladeshis, Myanmarese, Nepalis and other illegals and giving them instant MyKads because they can support a fearful government, is treasonous!

So, there will be a Bersih 4.0 if the legitimate demands of a people craving for political meaning are not met.

Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz is a former Umno assemblyman and is now a DAP member. He is a FMT columnist.


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