Who prevails in Umno?

— The Malaysian Insider
Sep 22, 2012

SEPT 22 — Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah can talk about a better Malaysia, and we don’t doubt his sincerity. He has been principled on many issues, and speaks of the knowledge of authority, not the authority of knowledge.

That is the gist of his speech this past week in Melbourne.

“It’s not about numbers, it’s about qualitative change. There are many paths to a better Malaysia,” he told a mixed audience of about 130 at the annual Seminar Pembangunan Insan (Seminar on Human Development) at Melbourne Umno Club (KUAM) on Thursday.

Saifuddin identified four features for the participatory democracy needed to respond to today’s new social consciousness, especially among the young — integrity, governance, innovations in democracy, and progressive political thought.

Do the others in Umno or Barisan Nasional (BN) speak of the same things?

Does he speak for Umno or BN for that matter?

The thing is, Saifuddin is of a very small minority in Umno. In fact he stands alone, and is not popular in the party that feels its dominance is an entitlement, a birthright.

And the names he mentioned in his talk in Melbourne — Khairy Jamaluddin and Gan Ping Siew — are not in his class when speaking about change, be it in Putrajaya or within their parties.

The question is this: who has more sway in Putrajaya: Saifuddin or the likes of Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz or Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein or even Datuk Ahmad Maslan?

And who prevails in Umno? At this point in time, it sure doesn’t look like its Saifuddin or those like him.

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 23 September 2012 - 12:59 am

    ‘…who has more sway in Putrajaya..’ ‘….who prevails in Umno…’ ?

    Those who talk a lot of kok and those who appreciates and indulges in much koktok.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 23 September 2012 - 1:19 am

    Sometimes the smart fellow is the hamba and the goons are the masters.

    Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 23 September 2012 - 8:28 am

    Actually Safuddin is wrong..The problem really is every option open to change has problems in Malaysia and EVEN the Best Option of throwing out UMNO/BN is problematic, full of challenges and likely not to fufill all the aspiration of the people..

    The choice of keeping UMNO/BN is over..It was really over in 1988.. The way Anwar was sacked, it showed he never really had a chance unlike Razaleigh before..

    What is being revealed now is that No one in UMNO/BN is capable of real change and worst, its likely no one understand it – even Saifuddin. He is wrong technically and he is the one who don’t get it..

  4. #4 by Winston on Sunday, 23 September 2012 - 10:19 am

    Well, well, well!
    Another one of those who run with the hare and hunt with the hounds?
    Quite a number of them out there!

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