Photo Malaysian Insider.
This is the man who wants to be PM. This is also the man who can’t restled his own home stead back from the hands of PAS. But a PM in hopeful Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is, and today he says:
“This is the challenge that Umno is facing today. Umno has to become a party that is trusted by all races. Umno has to compete with new parties like PKR who are viewed by all races- including new generation Malays – as a party based on justice to all Malaysians.”
He said this in a “back and beyond” (does this mean backyard) of Kelantan, a state in the east coast of Malaysia, under the rule of PAS. And as quick as a flash, Malaysian Insider regards Razaleigh as “someone to watch and someone worth listening to” (Finally, an UMNO leader sounds appealing to all Malaysians).
I really don’t think that UMNO can ever or will ever speak for all Malaysians. Malaysian Insider was too quick to judge and confer praises on this man – the online paper says that Razaleigh has managed to (1) Elevate the current political debate engulfing the ruling party (2) Put some distance between himself and others like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who also want Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down and (3) Offer Umno a road map of meaningful reform.
Talk is cheap, they say. I say talk is “free”. How is UMNO going to appeal to all Malaysians when it’s members are only of one race, who raises threats against non-Malays in the General Assemblies, when they turn into monsters everytime the issue of Malay Rights and Special Privileges are being discussed, when the issue of religions complicates the daily lives of others, and hardly anyone from that party say a word about it?
A newspaper shoul not fall too soon at the feet of any politician. Come on, can’t you see this is all rethorics? Do not be too desperate to throw your support behind “Ku Li” simply because we are desperate for a good prime minister!
I’ve hardly heard Razaleigh speak (since he re-joined Umno that is), in fact only lately when there seems to be a chance for the golden prime minister’s post. I heard him speak last year, and that was the time when he asked people not to question the social contract.
He said in a conference “…lately a few people were trying to raise issues regarding the contract like the position of Islam as the official religion of the federation and special privileges for Malays, as if these were not agreed upon when it was made when the nation gained independence in 1957. If the guarantees laid out in it cannot be protected, a situation worse than May 13, 1969 (racial riots) may arise”. (Bernama – as stated in Razaleigh’s blog “MY KU LI“).
If we can’t raise issues regarding the so-called social contract, especially if there had been injustices against it, then I don’t see how UMNO will ever defend the social contract, and how it will appeal to all Malaysians.
The only way for Umno to appeal to all Malaysians is to disband and join PKR. Hahaha! That would make my day 🙂
Have a good weekend everyone.