Today, Rais Yatim mustered up courage just to echo what this blog had pointed out a couple of weeks ago;
Rais: Set up commission to probe reasons for drastic drop in support for Umno
PUTRAJAYA: There is a dire need for Umno, which suffered huge losses in the general election last month, to set up a commission to probe reasons behind the drastic drop in support for the party, touted to be the backbone of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).
Umno supreme council member and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, in making the call, said the party should also “change” the way it operated.
“If you can create a commission for judges and now you want to create the anti-corruption commission, why can’t you create a commission for Umno,” he said, adding that Umno should go forward now.
I don’t think Pak Lah will be happy with the result of the commission anyway. The remedy of the situation could be a bitter pill to swallow.
Up north in Penang, BN lost one of its valuable member because they can’t see the bigger picture that goes beyond party politics;
Lee Kah Choon quits Gerakan
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed: With immediate effect, Datuk Lee Kah Choon has quit as Gerakan member after he was lambasted for accepting Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng’s offer to become director of the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and investPenang. “Since accepting the posts was not acceptable to the Gerakan leadership, I believe it is best for me to retreat totally from party politics,” he said in a one-page Press statement. “I hope this puts to rest any discussion on the matter.”
Lee, who was the Gerakan deputy secretary-general, had earlier submitted his resignation letter to the party. By resigning, Lee said he would be able to focus on his new duties.
BN chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in opposing Lee’s move (in accepting DAP’s offer), described it as being against the Barisan spirit.
Gerakan and BN’s loss is certainly DAP’s gain. Surely Lee Kah Choon’s loyal followers will follow his footsteps and find their footing in another party. BN can’t afford anymore disillusioned party members to cross over to the other side. But of course, we have flaky top party leaders who do not understand how to handle damage control.
Surely by now, Rais Yatim has a rough idea on why Umno lost its support.