Friday, December 6, 2013

1Melayu, not 1Malaysia

If you happen to read the mainstream press this week, you cannot avoid the news coverage on the UMNO general assembly. Anyway, two pronouncements offered by two delegates captured my attention.
Bukit Mertajam UMNO division head Musa Sheikh Fadzir was being honest when he told delegates yesterday that the 1Malaysia slogan should be replaced with the 1Melayu slogan. He wanted the change because within Penang BN, Malays had been "stabbed in the back" by the other races during GE13.
He was specifically referring to those non-Malays from the BN component parties that are allied with UMNO. He said: "Where they contested, we worked day and night, but where we contested, they didn't even work for a day". He didn’t have to name them – we jolly well know who they are! Gerakan, MCA, MIC, PPP!
I can sympathize with Musa because if we care to examine the election results, we must acknowledge that PR won Penang because many Gerakan, MCA, MIC and PPP members did not cross their ballot papers in favor of BN.
The same could be said for Selangor. Selangor delegate Kamaruzzaman Johari had said that an analysis of the election results showed that BN lost in every polling station which had high Chinese turnout, which implied that the community did not vote for BN. Duh!
And he recognized that Selangor voters were different and that policies such as BR1M cash handouts, book vouchers and handouts for school children were ineffective. He even admitted that UMNO was perceived as corrupt because of these freebies!
I take that as a compliment. Kamaruzzaman is telling us that Selangor voters are intelligent! They cannot be bribed. They prefer PR to BN – it’s as simple as that!
So the above reinforced two points. One, non-Malays did not generally support BN in GE13. Two, Gerakan, MCA, MIC and PPP betrayed UMNO.
Therefore, can I suggest that instead of waiting for UMNO’s non-Malay allies to summon their courage to leave BN, perhaps UMNO should just kick them out?!? I guess there is no honor among crooks!
Yesterday, I was at Wisma LYL in PJ's Jalan 51A/223 to attend the Scope Toastmasters meeting. I have heard of the club’s amazing turnaround and it is true. I can vouch for that because I had a good time at their meeting. It was not only well-attended but the speeches were a delight to listen to.

[I once blogged about this same club way back in 2010 and I even labelled them "hapless Toastmasters" but today they have matured and they are a good club! You may read my damning remarks at this link].

I was an active participant aat this meeting and I was even voted the Best Table Topics Speaker and Best Evaluator and although winning these recognitions are pretty common, I still feel good about it! My score for this meeting is a 7.5 over 10.


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