Monday, 12 December 2011

UMNO's "Malay-polity" in a nutshell ...

NOTE:- The following is an article by Datuk Sabri (aka SakMongkol).
The Malay version of the same can be found here.
With apologies to Datuk Sak, it is republished here with minor editing by me. All emphasis below, and comments in brackets are mine.

"People know.
They talk among themselves.
It has become a huge money making juggernaut.
The ones making money are the UMNO chieftains, cronies, families.
UMNO operates a giant Ponzi scheme,
not dissimilar to Bernie Madoff’s multi-level marketing....
The facts are these-
he people who are ripping off Malays are the UMNO elites.

Since Mahathir took over, UMNO has evolved into a company
doing a gigantic Ponzi scheme. The elite, the UMNO chieftains,
their families and cronies have been ripping the Malays.

A Single Spark that starts the prairie fire?

Dengar cerita CEO NFC (suami Sharizat) dpt gaji 100k sebulan, anak sulung (age 31) dpt gaji 45k sebulan, anak kedua (age 27)dpt 35k sebulan, anak ketiga (age 25) dpt 35k sebulan. Jika ini betul, ia sesungguhnya memalukan. Ambil duit rakyat buat bayar gaji besar.
Anak saya pun graduate juga. UPSR, PMR, SPM dapat semua A. Umur 24 tahun. Kerja swasta. Dia pun work hard. Balik kerja paling awal jam 9 malam. Kadang2 sampai 1 pagi. Gaji dia RM2,700/sebulan. Adakah anak saya akan sokong BN/UMNO kalau begini keadaannya? Saya dah tahu jawapannya. UMNO tak boleh kelentong orang cerdik. UMNO is not capable of changing, not with the current leaders.
When more than 50% of our working population is earning less than RM2k/month, tak tahu malu ke mereka-mereka ini. Merompak siang dan malam, 7 hari seminggu. Perompak Ali Baba P Ramli pun ada cuti hujung minggu.
8 December 2011 15:12

Even if we refuse to admit it, the above is an outpouring of bitterness.
Although personal and UMNO people will wish it’s confined, its personal anecdote such as this that strikes fear in UMNO. Maybe it’s already that single initial spark that has ignited the prairie fire.

Shahrizat can huff and puff and weave her tales as her mythical namesake did in 1001 Nights.

While she can fool UMNO delegates by employing attack is the best form of defence, her actions are only an exercise in futility. For her, the writing is already on the wall.
Whatever she does will not extinguish her blackened image. Dr Mahathir has called for her exit from UMNO politics. She’s finished. Incidentally, the 1001 Nights contained the story of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves which the writer of the comment cited.
Perhaps, Ali Baba and the thieves aptly describe what UMNO has become.

This kind of anecdotal and very personalized tale of feeling marginalized and alienated reflects the wider bitterness of Malays with UMNO.

There is nothing that UMNO can do about it now.
It’s a discredited brand.
It’s synonymous with pillage and plunder, corruption, arrogance that can only be the result of being far too long in power. It’s the manifestation of the political dictum- power corrupts absolutely and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Last year, every big idea thrown up by the UMNO president, were rejected by UMNO delegates.
When he spoke about 1 Malaysia, delegates insisted on Malay first, Malaysia second. The deputy UMNO president was even forthright in affirming that line of thinking, which is more in common with the UMNO ground. Even as UMNO members deny it, there is worrisome disconnect between the UMNO president and the rest of his team. When he spoke about his nebulous New Economic Model, delegates spoke about more NEP like policies. In the end, what has Najib got to defend himself?

He has only the claim that he is the son of Tun Razak
- imagining such pedigree is testimony that he won’t abandon principles dear to UMNO. When a person has nothing else to defend himself but lay bare his bloodline credentials it’s a sign he is in trouble. No one can deny that biological connection. The similarities end just there- as people are arguing whether he has inherited the leadership talent of the father.

This year what has UMNO got?
It didn’t encourage delegates speaking about economic achievements. No talk on vision, policies and so forth. No one debates about how Shahrizat got the RM 250 million. No one spoke about the ETP, EPP, GTP and whatever labels the UMNO president gave to his string of initiatives. None. The UMNO president pleads for continued mandate from the people as the Malay Agenda has not finished. No one spoke or elaborated about the agenda.

How is it that the agenda can only be achieved through UMNO at all?
No one puts forth convincing arguments telling us why UMNO is the only qualified instrument for Malays to achieve their collective agenda. Najib is confused about the concept which he came up when he took over Pak Lah which is, the claim that the age of government knows best is over. Yet, by asking the nation to give him the mandate to enable him to continue the agenda, he is reaffirming the exact opposite. The government and the party is the deity and dispenser of what is good to the people.

The 2011 Umno GA was an occasion for an orgy of vituperative shouting match.
UMNO does nothing but directed themselves to attacking and insulting its political opponents. UMNO does two things actually- heightened the morbid patriotism and nationalistic urges of Malays. And it does what it hasn’t done before- speak about Malays' greatest fear- assault on the religion of Islam.

But here is the irony, just as Najib who last year had nothing to offer but to invoke the name of his father, similarly too, this year, UMNO hasn’t got anything.

Listening to the maddening speeches by UMNO delegates, I am reminded of what Arthur Schopenhauer in his "Essays and Aphorisms" said:-
“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs;
he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

That is what has UMNO become- an inferior good.
It is a good that decreases in demand as social awareness increases. Malays in rural areas are not exactly insular in their outlook. They read the papers, understand what’s written in between the lines. Their children come back and inform parents. UMNO can’t fool all the people all the time with its scare mongering tactics.

Every speaker comes up before the podium, trying to outdo the previous in terms of bellicosity and vehemence.
The specter of the Yellow Peril is upon us- Chinese will take away Malay rights, turn Malays into Christians, abolish the monarchy and so forth. It’s not going to work because of millions of people are thinking like the person sending in the above comment.

People know.
They talk among themselves.
It has become a huge money making juggernaut.
The ones making money are the UMNO chieftains, cronies, families.
UMNO operates a giant Ponzi scheme, not dissimilar to Harry Madoff’s multi-level marketing.
(Comment: You mean Bernie Madoff, right?)

It can’t defend itself on its track record other than reminding people that UMNO has done much for the people and country.
That claim sounds hollow because ALL governments in the world carry out programs and implement policies. Mubarak of Egypt did the same thing. Gaddafi gave Libyans much development and personal help to people. The Tunisian president did much development for Tunisia. Therefore what UMNO did, is not unique in that it is sufficient for people to feel beholden and enslaved by UMNO.

I feel sorry for the people who think, the widespread disenchantment with UMNO since 2008 and which has been building up is dismissively viewed as a flash in the pan and regarded, for self-assuring purposes, as mere protest votes.

This time it’s real.
Ordinary Malays are disputing UMNO’s empty claims of fighting for the interest of Malays.
And UMNO people realize this.
This is what UMNO fears most- when Malays themselves start disputing what UMNO says and does.

The facts are these- the people who are ripping off Malays are the UMNO elites.
Since Mahathir took over, UMNO has evolved into a company doing a gigantic Ponzi scheme. The elite, the UMNO chieftains, their families and cronies have been ripping the Malays.
The RM 500-million fee from the purchase of the submarines? It was divided among top UMNO leaders and it’s rumored that a former PM got RM 160 million. Perhaps by way of this sedekah, the ill-gotten commission is cleansed no?

Who threatened the royal houses?
UMNO did during the constitutional crisis years. UMNO leaders were the ones who proposed to tie up royal members on trees and let the fire ants sting them. UMNO was behind the exposure of scandalous behavior of members of the royal family. It wasn’t the Chinese who so much as besmirch the reputation of Malay rulers. I have said it before; the entrepreneurial Chinese would want to befriend the royalty so that through the royal houses, they can corner more businesses. How can a numerically smaller group dominate a larger group?
(Comment: not impossible- but the costs/stakes are just too high for anyone in his right mind to just even think of attempting it.
In fact, I believe that even the Chinese themselves would baulk at the idea
How can DAP convert Muslims to Christianity when the majority of DAP members are themselves not Christians?

The only way Malays lose everything, is the result of the rot in UMNO
and UMNO says Dr Mahathir, is rotten to the core.
(Comment: Naughty, naughty, Datuk Sak .... with the comma missing-as in "and UMNO, says Dr Mahathir, is rotten to the core" - was that a Freudian slip, or was that intentional?")
It’s rotten as a result of endemic corruption. We now speak of billions and not a few hundred thousand being ripped off.

How does UMNO re-flock Malays into its fraternity?
By preying on irrational prejudices, fear and probably some bad personal experience. This is the only way UMNO can re-flock Malays.It’s a reaction that itself reflects fear and paranoia that are enveloping UMNO now. It hasn’t got any big ideas or visionary elements to bind the beliefs of Malays anymore. So, its only way out is to sound and represent itself as the uncompromising champion of Malay extremism.

That approach will fail simply because extremism and the patriotism promoted by UMNO are seen as measures by leaders to preserve themselves.
“Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification
is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires,
and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity,
reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power.”

Leo Tolstoy said that a long time ago.