UMNO is too big to fail but its blunders are too many to bail.
The Najib blunders that you have been reading about in the news are worth watching carefully. Like many have said, it has now morphed into something much bigger than a UMNO crisis – it could batter the entire BN stability, which is pretty fragile anyway, in view of the impending general election. Nevertheless, the best way for Najib to move forward on his reform agenda is to call for a poll – to gain a fresh mandate and also to find out what Malaysians think of him. After all he was not elected by the people of Malaysia and neither was he elected by the members of his party.
You have read a lot about Gerakan, MIC and MCA, but the problem in BN is UMNO. UMNO has long been governed in a bad manner. UMNO is too big to fail but with all the blunders, it might also be too many to bail. Even Mahathir might not be able to credibly bail it out along with all the other UMNO leaders. So what can be done? There is no one solution that can solve the myriads of teething problems but, the only way to solve the issues is through change and sacrifice.
First the bickering and squabbling in UMNO must stop. The Majlis Tertinggi must get the right criteria to determine who the winnable candidate is. Candidates should only be chosen based on this set of criteria and those who doesn’t have the required attributes must self-sacrifice themselves no matter how. If UMNO still insists on the candidates being nominated from the grass root level, it simply can’t work. Why is this so? UMNO’s grass roots are divided amongst themselves and this division will result in an overall weak foundation for UMNO and for any party for that matter.
The next thing UMNO must do is to drop all leaders that are tainted with scandals and wrong doings. This exercise could also be used to mould potential leaders for the next generation and mould those with integrity, charisma and calibre. UMNO leaders must also change the culture of fighting for the top posts with the view of them as being lucrative positions.
UMNO must then admit its mistakes ask forgiveness from the rakyat and turn over a new leaf. This can be done by immediately look through all the Auditor-General report and bring the wrong doers to justice. Sacrifice some veteran leaders that have tarnished the party’s image. This way UMNO will be seen as against corruption, willing to take action, remove the bad apples but still maintaining most of the leaders intact.
At the same time the UMNO/BN government must concentrate on the economy, the financial health of the country. UMNO/BN must also repair the damage done by the PDRM, MACC and the judiciary. UMNO/BN must with a big heart expunge the case against Anwar. Listen to the request by Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbaini families.
I am sure UMNO already knew what to do and surely they must know better and coupled with their think-tanks, what I have written here is nothing new for them but will the change and sacrifice happen?
I am not pessimistic about it but, knowing the UMNO mentality, attitude and after 54 years in power I don’t think UMNO will change a bit. As for sacrifice, there is no such word in their dictionary. The bickering and squabbling will go on forever, UMNO will still select those with questionable background as long as they are ball carriers, UMNO will still uphold the tainted leaders with silly justifications, UMNO will still be badly managed, the UMNO leaders will continue fighting for the lucrative positions, UMNO will not take any action against the wrong doers based on the audit report, UMNO will never admit its mistakes, and there won’t be any changes in the law enforcement , judiciary and other authorities.
As for the welfare and the financial health of the country with RM407 billion national debts, we better change government before it is too late.