Integrity could keep Umno intact.
Sometimes we know of a bad situation but are afraid to spell it out, out of fear of being chastised or condemned for being brave enough to tread where no one dares.
At the recent Umno assembly the presidential speech was inspiring, Umno president Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak did not mince his words when explaining the future of Umno and the position of the Malays in the country, and what Umno members are expected to do.
He said, to paraphrase him, Umno members must be truthful when carrying out their missions to uplift the position of the Malays within the country sincerely, and to be a genuine caring leaders but not to be a drag to the party in view to the anticipated General Elections.
One assembly after another an ordinary Malay like me would hear the same Umno rhetoric and semantics during the speeches made at the grand hall at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), and many of us have to put up with a lot of that same old tirades....same old, same old!
After the assemblies and after a general election many, trust me very many, in the country will be left in a lurch after fiery promises were made to help that did not materialise.
Some, not all, Umno politicians will forever be engaged in active business ventures and raking in millions, and just check around for many of these Umno politicians who are indeed a bunch of leeches living beyond their means, with fancy houses and fancy cars and going on very expensive holidays.
Some even have houses that can make many palaces in the country look like kindergarten. Just go to Damansara Heights and you can see how our Umno politicians live.
So it is to no surprise that some of us mere mortals, including a prince, have come to the conclusion that some of these Umno politicians are a bunch of leeches, sucking the blood of the country's economy without compunction.
I personally know of an Umno division head who is raking one contract after another from a ministry, and he does it without playing by the rules. So if some of us decide to call them a bunch of blood sucking leeches....actually I have to agree with such assertions!
Recently, a columnist with the Star newspaper, Tunku 'Abidin Muhriz, who is also member of the Negri Sembilan royalty dare to say it as it is. Read the first column he wrote alluding to some Umno members as being blood sucking leeches, here!
Describing his jaunt in a jungle with the Volunteer Force, he alluded to a leech that fell on his neck trying to suck his blood, to be some of the Umno delegates that are akin to these bloodsucking creature.
Tunku 'Abidin is just expressing some of us Malays have known all along. He did not say anything new and what we have already known. Unfortunately for him his choice of words have offended some of the "demi-Gods" within Umno.
But seriously, I believe Najib is trying to do everything within in his limited power to curb bad practices within Umno, and also from the ruling coalition. I believe if this country has to move forward with Malays as the backbone of the country, we do need to get rid of the leeches that have stuck on to the sacred body of Umno, sucking the blood...almost dry.
If we alluded further, leeches can be easily gotten rid of just by applying many remedies and one of the most effective remedy is salt.
To the prime minister, remember this little piece of wisdom that says "certain measures are beyond good manners" so for you sir you have to use all means to get rid of these nagging and wriggly problems for Umno and Malays to move forward!
BTW since the column by Tunku 'Abidin, he has since apologised over his remarks made,read here! I hope he has learned a lesson when alluding to any sensitive subjects such as Umno.
I know like any other Malaysians, he meant well when he wrote his column . And I know this young man is full of the zest for life, but he needs to be careful of his choice of words. Especially so when his father is the ruler of the state.
From now on we do not want his comments on his column be be exploited by the opposition and for this Tunku 'Abidin must be aware all the time.
Daulat Tuanku! - BarkingMagpie