Finally, Umno senses that it is a waste of energy and time to keep harping on the issue through the media. This is somewhat similar to the whole Terengganu Menteri Besar fiasco that happened nearly 2 years ago when the appointment of the incumbent Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was turned down by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong who is also the Sultan of Terengganu.
What happened next was a very public spat between the Prime Minister and the Yang Dipertuan Agong in the mainstream media.
An issue that should have been discussed in private and in a respectful manner was being exhibited in front of the public in the most horrendous of circumstances.
It took nearly 2 weeks for the Prime Minister to come to his senses and to actually go and meet the Agong. Finally he had to apologise to him and reverse his decision regarding Idris Jusoh.
In the end, the Sultan’s choice, Datuk Ahmad Said, became the Menteri Besar replacing his dejected predecessor.
But what did Umno learn from this lesson?
Its political leaders, suffering from a ‘syok sendiri’ attitude couldn’t help but ignite an issue that most of them are not familiar with in the first place.
Like I stated in previous article, “does it kill you to talk at the same table about this matter?”.
Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein was correct in saying:
“If the members do not fully understand the issue, they can use existing channels to seek explanations. Making sensational statements that can destroy the party’s image is, even in the past, something that we do not allow,”
Hence a gag order for Umno politicians is imposed so that any redress should be done privately and not through the media. The personal agenda of promoting oneself in public over issue they cannot contribute must stop.
Bear in mind, the gag order is to stop Umno politicians from making statements about the oil royalty issue in the media. It is not about stopping them to discuss the issue altogether. They may discuss it, but within the existing channels.
The damage control is to be done so that views from the grassroots can be obtained without the unnecessary pandemonium surrounding it.
Hopefully at the same time, Umno leadership can find the time within their busy schedules to arrange for meetings with the MP of Gua Musang, Tengu Razaleigh Hamzah (“Ku Li”) and discuss this in a healthy manner.
This gag order afterall, is also to protect Ku Li from being lambasted over the newspapers and the internet by Umno leaders and members. Now this is the most beneficial thing Umno is doing with this gag order. And Ku Li should see this as a good thing.
Even Ku Li, the central figure of this issue made a misdirection in his latest statement regarding the gag order.
I think Umno should apply this gag order properly and, from today onwards, also stop altogether talking about Allaryaham Tun Razak (Hussein). Umno Baru would consider him a traitor…
We should also put a gag order on speaking about the late Hussein Onn. He, at least, was a man of principle, and an absolute enemy of corruption and the abuse of power. He was such a threat to Umno Baru that he, like the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, was shut out from it, and died outside the party.
What does Tun Razak and Tun Hussein Onn got to do with the gag order on the current oil royalty issue? The gag order has got nothing to do with them both. We can speak about them whenever we want.
We understand he made those statements as a form of sarcasm. But it does not augur well for him as well. To re-use the term Umno Baru instead of Umno is an intended malice on his part. How could he be malicious towards this political party as it is the same political party he joined back in 1996? After feeling frustrated with his opposition partners of DAP and PAS back then, he and another 600,000 Semangat 46 members returned to Umno. Did Ku Li speak anything about Kelantan’s oil royalty right after he joined?
It is hoped that with this gag order, politicians will not inflame this issue further. With all due respect to Ku Li, he should know that Umno is trying to protect his reputation from being maligned by young and brash Umno politicians who don’t know any better.
It is not about curtailing debates or discussions as the channels to do that still exist.
It is about respecting the political party you are representing as a politician. If it had derailed itself from whatever purpose it should be doing, discussions should be made with the leadership in the most respectful manner.
Now, how should Umno and BN use this issue to their advantage?
Based on a comment by this blog’s commenter, the Federal Government and Petronas can amend the contract made long ago to whatever arrangement they feel more suited to the present situation.
What is the basis for the 5% royalty made in 1975? Can it be reduced to 2%?
And since all the oil drilled is within the Federal Government’s territory (more than 3 nautical miles from the state) can the agreement be changed so that no states should be given royalty but instead, a more just amount should be apportioned to all states so that the less developed state such as Perlis and Kelantan can be given it’s fair share of the oil revenue.
The point is, contracts can be amended between two agreeing parties.
I stated in the previous article, “Ku Li command some respect from the people, especially lately when all the opposition portals such as Malaysian Insider, MalaysiaKini and Malaysia Today had been singing praises for him in order to manufacture the perception that he is the voice of conscience within Barisan Nasional.”
Thus, extrapolating from the sentence above, we know that Ku Li has a lot of support from the supporters of the opposition. These are also voters in the next general election.
Imagine if BN leadership gives Ku Li some sense of purpose within the government. For now, a person who doesn’t feel a sense of belonging to the party, will definitely not contribute anything to achieve any of its goals. And what is BN’s goal in the next few years? To win the general election so that they can continue serving the people.
BN should take advantage of Ku Li’s new found supporters. Why should Umno and BN let Ku Li be stolen by the marauding Pakatan Rakyat and lose more votes?
Are you getting your strategy right by further alienating Ku Li from BN?
I am too tired to suggest what form of role that Ku Li can undertake. I have said it countless times.
But since Dato’ Sri Najib’s administration does not even want to seek help from Tun Mahathir about the economy (Mahathir can go around the world to help attract FDIs for instance), we shouldn’t hold our breath about Ku Li either.
Egos have destroyed civilisations, it can easily destroy politicians.