Dr M: Umno attracting fewer talented leaders

by Sean Augustin
Jun 04, 2013

Umno’s decreasing capable leaders have had negative consequences on the party and the government, writes former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his blog.

In a critical blog posting entitled Umno, then and now, the former prime minister said that unlike in the past, the party attracts fewer selfless and capable leaders, who instead tended to join its political rivals.

This, he said, resulted in fewer eligible candidates in a general election, while promising members fielded as parachute candidates for seats would be defeated.

Mahathir said the impact of having fewer talented people in the party was that it leads to a government made up of incapable people.

He said current leaders, from the division leaders up, are reluctant to allow new talents to come in, fearing they could pose a threat to their positions.

“They work to reduce the possibility of them being challenged, to reduce the likelihood that they will be replaced by people who are more qualified,” he said, attributing this to the party’s decline.

Malays ‘disgusted’ by party

The party, he added, did not receive the same support it did before because Malays were “disgusted” by the party and assumed it was no longer relevant and needed to be rejected.

Umno, Mahathir said, had strayed very far from its original ideals, where it fought solely for the Malay race, religion and country.

“But now, the Malays see Umno championing their individual causes instead of fighting for the race, religion and the country. Malays do not see the point of supporting those who were keener to look out for their own interest.

“If there was an alternative party, the Malays would support it. If the other parties are worse in comparison, only then would they continue supporting Umno. This is what happened in the 13th general election,” he wrote in his blog chedet.cc today.

Pouring cold water on Umno’s win in the recent GE, Mahathir said it was not because Malays still supported the party. The community, he said, had no choice.

The Malays, he said, were afraid of supporting former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the latter was allied with DAP, and this did not sit well with the Malays.

The community, he said, had therefore no choice but to support Umno.

“Umno however cannot depend on this. If it fails to purge itself from corruption and self-interest, the Malays would look for another champion,” Mahathir wrote.

Read more: http://fz.com/content/dr-m-umno-attracting-fewer-talented-leaders#ixzz2VHgba31D

  1. #1 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Umno attracting fewer talents, said monsterO’mamak.

    Errrr … dear mr creator of the monster brand bumi baking machine, actually that remark is more appropriate for you to ponder.

  2. #2 by john on Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 3:06 pm

    This Mammak always Tokok, feint complete innocent unless totally Dumb/Ignorant – actual fact just PLAY Stupid / Lupa-lupa whenever suka-suka.

  3. #3 by Bamboo on Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 4:06 pm

    Father of Stifling Talent got rid of 2 capable Deputy PMs in Musa Hitam and Anwar Ibrahim.
    Such hypocrite.
    Umno can only attract get rich quick wannabe’s with the perfecting of gravy train system in Umno since Mahathir’s days.
    Many young and talented professionals in PKR, DAP and Pas. Those with some fair sense won’t join Umno.

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 6:05 pm

    There is a saying that goes:
    Evil attracts evil……… same, same DNA.

  5. #5 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 9:32 pm

    apa talent? Yang masuk umnob semuanya mau cepat kaya.tanya itu ex tnb meter reader…kaya raya dia.tapi takpa,di dunia dia lepas di akhirat dia dipanah api yang panasnya berpuluh puluh kali panas api dunia…

  6. #6 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Thursday, 6 June 2013 - 9:18 am

    MonsterO’mamak’s greatest achievement in his 22yrs as PM and 10yrs as shadow PM was the creation of a band of super greedy and power crazy idiots in umno now popularly known as umnoputras.

  7. #7 by omeqiu on Thursday, 6 June 2013 - 3:35 pm

    Dr M: “Umno attracting fewer talented leaders.” I totally agree! The reason? The talented leaders have deserted UMNO; fewer are left.

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