UNMO is consequently facing not one but two potential calamities. Its leaders, like England’s King Canute, sit on the shore and order the Pakatan wave to recede; and the waters remain disobedient. The second is an internal earthquake within the party as a generation gloomily contemplates what will be, in effect, its last election. This is, broadly, the Mahathir-group of,Muhyiddin plus or minus a few years on either side. Even if a few of them return to the House, they will not return to power.Muhyiddin will reshape UMNO in his own style. This is as it should be.Muhyiddin has already begun to blood a fresh set of people in Mahathir bandwidth for the tough years ahead.Mahathir might want to believe that he will continue as mentor , but soon enough it is Mahathir’s son who will step out and step up. The same could be said of Najib’s son, of course, but a son’s future is scant consolation for a father whose political hormones are still in search of ambition’s destination.Age is relative. What options do UMNO leaders who were young in 2013 but will become old in 2014 have? A split will be both predictable and desultory. The sensible choice is to fade into the sunset, but it is the rare politician who is tired enough to retire. But as they stare at the perhaps empty years ahead, they might reflect on a couplet by the great Persian philosopher-poet Hafez: Boast not of knowledge, for at the time of death/Aristotle and beggar walk side by side.
Apart from the speculated voluntary resignations, an earlier report had also quoted a source from the Prime Minister’s Department as naming three ministers who will be axed from their positions.
“The three ministers are Ku Nan, Hasan Malek and Jamil Khir,” the source reportedly told Malaysian Digest on Feb 11, in reference to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hassan Malek and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic Affairs Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom.
“The PM has taken a lot of heat as a result of the incompetency of the current Cabinet ministers,” the source said.
Both Tengku Adnan and Hassan were the targets of public ridicule for their often nonsensical statements, with the former likening women to property and the latter’s “advice” to consumers to not eat chicken if the price had increased.
Jamil Khir, meanwhile, is caught in the centre of the “Christian Allah” debacle as minister in charge of the Islamic Development Department and federal religious authorities.
The reshuffle may determine not only the future direction of Malaysia but also Najib’s survival as prime minister. Najib’s leadership is currently under siege from critics aligned to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Rare Umno lawmaker Johari, who is also member of Parliament for Titiwangs said the frivolous musing of a pro-Pakatan Rakyat anti-UMNO/BN activist whose main preoccupation is finding fault with Najib.
Rare Umno lawmaker in KL, Johari offers chance to rejuvenate UMNO in the Federal Territories keep talking to grassroots rejuvenation of urban Malays
The best New Year greeting has come to me from a friend. It consists of two lines from T S Eliot’s Four Quartets: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, And next year’s words await another voice.” We shall see which voice prevails. become the last hope of in its bitter struggle against the rise Brain dead FT Umno chief Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and FT Umno deputy chief Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin leaders no longer believe they can win in 2018 they never pursued Pakatan with the ferocity it displays against DAP. This is not merely desire for retribution; it is also evidence of worry. The past few days have been particularly depressing to UMNO, but Johari hope that DAP can still be stopped in FT seats will be a small change in the larger game.In theory, this strategy has its merits. Johari has one asset in common. DAP are outsiders who promise to cleanse the gutters of DBKL corruption would have no answers on electricity rates, water or crime. electricity from corporations, who are even less generous; and the police is run by the Centre. Some battles are better lost.. If Johari with an energized urban Malays cadre in support, remains the only claimant to honesty’s mantle,Pakatan could face electoral upheaval. But if his mantle can be shared with other BN parties, voter focus will not split.
Street philosopher, social analyst and political commentator
,Mahathir and Celebrating the old masters and the Renaissance Man stares at a four-gone conclusion
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak needs to change his ways and start doing the right things to ease the burden of the people, otherwise BN will risk losing the next general election, former journalist and prominent blogger Abdul Kadir Jasin said
Cut sloganeering, not subsidies, say Umno grassroots leaders
If Malaysians just stop being so easily offended, then politicians can’t exploit a slew of contentious issues to divide and rule the country, activists and NGO leaders “There is political value to publicly claim that you are offended, and there is reward – you get a meeting with the home minister, the government adopts your decision..Such offendedness undermined even the prime minister’s own 1Malaysia agenda as it serves to demonise others who are different from you, Zainah said, adding that the solution is then for the people to push for more decisive leaders who are not afraid to take a stand.Our politicians have to take leadership but they don’t they are pandering to the gallery. UMNOand PAS feel that they can gain by using race and religion, .
Ambiga noted that racism and attacks against the Chinese and Christian minorities have increased in an unprecedented way since the 13th general election last year.inclusive growth, measures to tackle inflation, need for a more comprehensive legislation to tackle corruption, empowerment of women and youth and, not least, holding divisive forces at bay – elements of the ‘idea of1Malaysia’ espoused by then Najeeb – is doubtless short on specifics. But it does provide a framework for a dispassionate debate.. a welcome lurch towards modernity – projected her vision to rejuvenate India: boost the economy, stabilize prices, bring black money stashed abroad, give a techno-driven fillip to agriculture, initiate measures for a rational utilisation of mineral and forest resources, speed up ‘smart’ urbanisation, set up educational institutions of excellence, replace doles with effectively delivery of social welfare schemes, provide preventive health care, protect women, galvanise the energy of youth, seek the cooperation of states and so forth. Here, again, there is scope for informed argument.
None of this is to suggest that the baggage that Najib carry with them has become redundant. The former’s new found zeal to combat corruption doesn’t quite square with the avalanche of scams that marked 7 years of rule. That includes the alleged shenanigans of his wife. Nor can his recent ‘interventionism’ in policy matters take attention away from his silence in and out of Parliament when crisis after crisis battered the nation.
To most Mahathir loyalists, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s comment was a signal from the enigmatic general himself, that soon he would revolutionise the campaign strategy and revive their electoral fortunes in the forthcoming general elections. Suddenly, there was ‘hope’ in the air. The anointed one had a decisive plan for the party that he would soon … Read more
hat leaves only stability as a campaign premise for UMNO. It has lost the young and the upwardly mobile the middle class to Najib. It has alienated minorities and the intelligentsia. Pakatan has even lost the support of corporate which has always stood by it, though they hated the socialist rhetoric and fake populism of the Pakatan that was meant largely to allow party’s satraps to purloin vast sums of money from the exchequer. Listening to DAP sidestepped all charges of corruption and kept rambling on about the bigger picture. The vote banks he was clearly addressing were women and youth. But, even there, he seemed rather lost and unprepared. So much so, an unusually compassionate.readmorehttp://themalaybusinesstribune.blogspot.com/2014/01/mp-for-titiwangsa-johari-bin-abdul.html