31 July 2008
We remember once when Pak Lah said sarcastically, “mereka kata saya lembik… tapi orang takut kat si lembik seolah-olah dalam kabinet bodoh belaka”.
Then, we had an epiphany. Most people in Umno who have the power (Ministers, Supreme Council members and division leaders etc) wanted him to stay on not because they are afraid of him. They wanted him to stay on because he is so pathetic and weak that it is to their own benefit that he stays on at the top. That way, they can do just about anything without getting reprimanded when they do anything wrong. The Terengganu Mercedes fiasco was one such example. See how blatant the exco members defy him?
In any case, even when they do get chastised by the PM, all they ought to say was “Hey, you and your family members are even more corrupt than us!”. And so, they were left alone to do whatever they want. What is important is their loyalty to the PM and the gravy train is kept on rolling.
The PM seemed to have strong support from the Umno upper echelon not because he is strong but because he is a weakling. The affliction of this perversed logic is currently very severe among the Umno members. Only a few of those at the top saw how dangerous it is to have a weak leader to lead them. Muhyiddin saw this. Ku Li saw this. Even Umno grassroot members saw this.
But the fact that almost all Umno supreme council members and Umno division members are throwing their support behind Pak Lah shows how widespread this sickness is. Two years is a long way to go. Anything can happen. Umno may have the same fate like the ‘Sick Man of Europe’. A once great civilisation like the Ottoman Empire (Kerajaan Uthmaniyah) had been easily brought down to its knees by economic problems and weak leadership.
If the Umno Ministers, Supreme Council members and the division leaders in general do not cure this sickness, then Umno will succumb to a plague which will cause its death by the next general election.
John Steinbeck once said – “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
Perhaps he is right.
Umno is the ‘Sick Man of Malaysia’. And he who leads it currently, is the sickest of them all.