Anything But Umno

— Ali Kadir
The Malaysian Insider
Sep 10, 2011

SEPT 10 — Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK), the blogger, is right. We don’t know if Pakatan Rakyat will be able to govern our beloved country responsibly or walk the talk.

But we do know that they will not be worse than the plundering and blundering hordes of Umno. I say Umno and not BN because in reality the BN component parties such as the MCA, MIC, etc are subsidiaries of Umno. They may have a different flag, motto and even president but their mission statement is to be subservient to Umno.

The elections are around the corner. How do we know that? Simple, the clamour for allocations and funds is getting louder in Umno. Soon, we will be asked to make a choice and by my reckoning the choice is clear: Anything But Umno.

Just let us examine what these Umno types have done to our country. I have no doubt that the likes of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Dr Ismail, Hussein Onn, Tan Siew Sin were men of integrity and served the rakyat.

But from the Mahathir era onwards it has been looting, corruption and using race and religion to divide Malaysians. We are sliding down a slippery slope in this country and we have a choice to either go with the flow and do nothing or change the direction of this country.

Please don’t expect Najib Razak and Umno to do anything. Najib is too weak-willed to ever be a reformer, and plus he seems to be caught by institutional paralysis. What he or any Umno president of late is doing is governing the country for the party and its crony capitalists.

It is an open secret that the biometric scanning system deal benefited an Umno minister, the son-in-law of a top Umno leader and businessmen close to Putrajaya.

And now we are told of the secret plan to privatise IWK by 1MDB and Puncak Niaga. So secret that even the minister in charge did not know about it.

As reported in The Malaysian Insider, this deal was given the greenlight by the Economic Council. Then you have the PM saying that a good portion of MRT contracts will be set aside for Bumiputera contractors.

This is an euphemism for Umno warlords and contractors connected to the party.

The plundering does not stop there. National Service camps are given to Umno politicians and their supporters and smaller contracts are farmed out to Class F contractors, nearly 90 per cent of them Umno members.

The government-sanctioned looting has reached such a crazy stage that members of the inner circle of PM and supporters linked to Muhyiddin Yassin are fighting over the economic largesse.

I have not even touched on the notoriety of the First Family and their friends and hangers-on. Some people may think that excesses are okay as long as the economy is growing.

Well, it is not and nothing can justify expensive shopping trips or diamond rings in a country where many still find it hard to make ends meet.

Malaysia must be the only country in the world besides Zimbabwe where a top government official can remain in his job despite facing countless allegations which strike at the core of the man’s honesty. The man in question is the Attorney-General Gani Patail.

He has been accused of fabricating evidence, of hiding corruption cases involving Umno politicians and every dastardly act by a former senior police officer.

The correct thing for the government to do would be to set up an inquiry and examine if the allegations are true. This man is after all the top legal officer. Instead the Najib administration just keeps silent and ignores all this incriminating evidence.

We can only surmise that Gani Patail has enough to sink Umno dulu, kini dan selamanya. Just like probably VK Lingam knew too much that he could not be charged with subverting justice by trying to influence in the appointing of judges and just like how Tajudin Ramli knows enough about the backroom deals to warrant the government asking GLCs to stop litigation against him.

Honestly, I can’t think of a period when race relations have been worse than now and a large part of blame has to be directed at Umno for its divide-and-rule policy.

When it feels threatened as it does now, it plays the Malay race card, warning of some imaginary threat to Malay political power. When the party is in this mode, everyone who is not of the same thinking and religion is an enemy. How do you build a united country with this thinking?

Like a number of Malaysians, I always thought that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was a decent chap but who was ill-equipped to lead Malaysia. But the Wikileaks exposure on his sister-in-law’s US$400 million (RM1.2 billion) cargo aircraft deal and the report that Umno guys get 30 per cent commission on defence deals just tell us how systemic the rot is.

Given this track record, it has to be Anything But Umno.

  1. #1 by asia on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 1:03 pm

    The best candidate for Malaysia admin the country is DAP who work in logic, secular, justice, fairness and efficiency

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Absolutely agree. Face it, its possible Malaysian don’t deserve the kind of govt they want. So a PR govt that is imperfect but changeable will not only be definitely better, ITS A NECESSITY. We just need to clean out the trash first, forget about getting it nice and classy..

  3. #3 by tak tahan on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Anything But Umno,ABU.Yes la…even ABENG or AMOHAN BUT UMNO.

  4. #4 by limkamput on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Ali Kadir, the challenge now is to put what you wrote in simple Malay so that our pak chik and mak chik in kampong and villages like those in Bukit Kepong, Pagoh and Pekan can understand what you are saying.

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 1:28 pm

    Unfortunately many rural Malays still think the Umno government is perfect and flawless. It is the job of the opposition to explain to them what is wrong with Umno.

  6. #6 by k1980 on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Calling it difficult to accept, the Prime Minister has joined in the chorus of people against the move by telcos to impose 6% service tax on prepaid mobile phone users.

    Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the move comes at a time when the Government was trying to ease the burden of the rakyat’s who are already hit by the rise in living costs.

    He added the move was not approved by the Finance Ministry as the decision to impose taxes was taken by the telcos themselves.

    “I have received many reactions and feedback from the people,” he told reporters yesterday. “The move to impose the service tax on consumers is very unpopular and difficult to accept.”

    BUT THE #%^&* CONVENIENTLY OMITS TO MENTION THAT HE WAS THE VERY PERSON WHO INTRODUCED the 6% service tax during last year’s Budget Day!!! That’s umno for you…

  7. #7 by k1980 on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 1:55 pm

    //But the Wikileaks exposure on his sister-in-law’s US$400 million (RM1.2 billion) cargo aircraft deal //

    Why wikileaky has no report on the 1990s iraqi oil-for-food scandal in which a certain malaysian by the name of Dollah Bad Awi received millions in back door dealings?

  8. #8 by drngsc on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 2:10 pm

    Yes, come GE 13. Anyone but BN /UMNO. They have become too corrupt and with that they have become too arrogant with no respect for the people. kick them out this time and let them realise that in a democracy, the people is king.
    In a 5 year term, uneven an inexperience PR cannot wreck havoc. The country will be on auto-pilot by the civil servants. Hopefully PR will not be corrupt and so we will have some money. If they rule well, it will be a bonus.
    If after 5 years, PR is also useless, we can always bring BN back. Then we will have a two party system.
    The BN /Umno has become too corrupt and way too arrogance. The PM’s wife giving a Hari Raya message. Can you beat that?
    We must teach them a lesson. GE13 must see a change of tenant at Putrajaya.

    We must change the tenant at Putrajaya. GE13 is our best chance. Failure is not an option. Let us all work very very hard.

  9. #9 by cinakampung on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 2:42 pm

    Selfish~ the power of money!

  10. #10 by k1980 on Saturday, 10 September 2011 - 3:03 pm

    Umno had never resorted to armed struggle in the fight for independence, yet the other freedom fighters had sacrificed their lives in the fight to drive out the British colonial regime. As such, Umno only joined at the “final lap” of the struggle, thereby taking credit for the country’s independence and denying the contribution of those who had died and who opened the path for Merdeka in 1957.

  11. #11 by boh-liao on Sunday, 11 September 2011 - 12:58 am

    There is a new song in d air: ABU, ABU, ABU, ABU, ABU, ABU, ABU, ABU, ABU, ABU, ……..

  12. #12 by Kedahan-Malaysian in Japan on Sunday, 11 September 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Greetings Ali… agree with you on all your points… no doubt about it… and I like the way you put it… ‘it has to be Anything But Umno’… I am getting quite impatient waiting for the day to see them being kicked out of the system…

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