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The illogic of a liberal and progressive UMNO

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The illogic of a liberal and progressive UMNO – Part I

By Ramayana

The recent statement by UMNO’s new Ketua Pemuda (who is also the old Ketua Pemuda, of course) defies logic. And that drives me nuts. Enough to make me put finger to keyboard and write something so that people can see just how nonsensical it is. And how nonsensical Pemuda UMNO has become.

Yes. The Emperor-in-waiting has no clothes, and this is why:

1. Ketua Pemuda is quoted as saying, in Pemuda UMNO’s official mouthpiece, that his win was a sign that UMNO wants to be more progressive and liberal. In other words, that UMNO wants to be like him and his big boss. Yet, the recent elections suggest this approach makes no sense:

a. If the Malay majority had indeed wanted a more liberal and progressive leadership, surely they would have voted for PKR and/or PAS en masse at GE13? Why didn’t they?

b. Instead, they turned around and gave UMNO an even bigger win this time. Why? Was it because at that moment they saw UMNO as a more progressive and liberal Malay party?

c. Is this then to be taken as a sign that the majority of Malays wants UMNO to become more progressive and liberal? If so, we wonder how these folks read roadsigns.

2. Related to that: it’s not just the Ketua Pemuda who makes the mistake, but these days almost everyone on top in UMNO, too – I loathe to use the term “UMNO leadership” because at present time they are showing anything but. They confidently proclaim that the reason why the Malays turned and gave UMNO a bigger majority was because – get this – the majority Malays accepted and endorsed Agenda Transformasi that UMNO brings through its president President (if you get what I mean).

I got a one word response to that. Unfotunately, it is unprintable.

a. We have to ask the President and his deluded minions: if that is supposed to be a sign that the Malay majority wants UMNO’s Agenda Transformasi, what does it say about the 95% Chinese voters who soundly REJECTED it?

b. Why continue with an agenda that is accepted only by 55% of the electorate, and soundly rejected in the urban areas?

No need to answer the rhetorical questions because we all know that the present stand – “Melayu sokong dan mahu Agenda Transformasi UMNOOOOO!” – is just a classic “cover line”, to use the popular Malay term.

The delusional belief stems from an effort to save the UMNO President’s self esteem that got whacked kaw-kaw at the recent elections. Despite the greatness of his Agenda Transformasi, 95% of the Chinese who were supposedly eating out of his hands rejected BN/UMNO. Who can forget the face of the BN/UMNO President the day after the results were announced? Terkulat-kulat sampai tak tahu nak duduk atau nak berdiri. Priceless. But then, just a few months on, he has found a way to excuse his bad performance, and is now back to his arrogant self.

Delusions is what you get when you hang out with the rakyat to watch footie on teevee only in Bangsar and Subang Jaya. Go down la to the various Uptowns and Downtowns and see what is really going on the minds of the REAL Melayu who are UMNO’s constituents. Then maybe you would know – as we on the outside already know clearly and without any doubt – the over-riding reason why the Malay masses turned to UMNO during the last elections.

3. Ketua Pemuda declares that he wants to make UMNO more centrist. WTF. UMNO _is_ centrist. This has been covered elsewehere, so I will keep it short:

The extremists are PAS and DAP, both extreme parties that are trying desperately – and succeeding – to cover line their extremism.

UMNO has always been centrist: UMNO’s policies – despite repeated attempts to paint them as negative, even by its own Ketua Pemuda – benefit everyone equally, if not favouring more towards the nons. Even with the NEP, when Malays get government contracts, they bring these jobs to suppliers – who make up the vast majority of these suppliers? The NEP succeeded in creating a huge Malay middle class – who benefits from this huge market made up of almost 70% of the nation’s population?

The illogic of a liberal and progressive UMNO – Part II

4. Again, we start by querying the logic: WTF do you want to turn UMNO into PKR for? Offering the same shit as the other side? Where is your USP then? The Malay noobs who want to be liberal and progressive, they should just go vote for PKR. Which in fact, was what they did.

a. But hang on. Excuse me, didn’t UMNO itself say that the majority of the Malay male youth voted BN/UMNO in GE13? So where’s the problem, yo?

b. You think by doing a PKR you would out-PKR PKR? How is that logical?

The analogy is of a nasi lemak seller who becomes an overnight success. So the very next day what happens? A new nasi lemak seller opens up a stall. Right next to the incumbent nasi lemak seller. Familiar story, innit? Who would have thought that Pemuda UMNO wanted a Ketua Pemuda who has the mentality of a jealous nasi lemak seller?

To put it another way: when you go and ape Apple, you are doomed to be stuck in Apple’s shadow. Nothing you come out with will ever be better than an iPad because, hell, iPad is Apple. Solution: offer something that is not an iPad. Like Android. And a company whose philosophy is not Apple’s. Like Google. See, you _can_ offer an alternative and still be cool.

You just need to, I dunno, think. Innovate, rather than copy. And here we thought innovation was the in-thing du jour of Bapak Presiden.

Create a new category, the way Apple had created a new category jugak dulu. When people offer A, you offer B. That’s logical. That’s a real alternative. When people offer A, you ejaculate in your pants and hurriedly turn the ship’s wheels around to offer A as well. When it is not even yet proven – as we have seen from the GE13 results – that 60% of the masses want the philosophy that A has. WTF is that if not insanity?

5. Related to that: one, in GE13 95% Chinese went out to vote vs 55% Malay/Bumis, yet UMNO still won. What does that say? Two, stats I have come across suggest the Malay youth under 30 mainly voted for BN. What does that say?

The logical thing to do would have been to strengthen your existing base. AND THEN you go look for new markets. At that time you can use your Bapak Presiden’s favourite Blue Ocean strategy – might as well, right, since you already paid millions for it.

Where is the logic of going for new markets before consolidating your existing one? Pre-assuming – based on denials and false assumptions – what your current market wants? That’s why perhaps after graduating from a prestigious alma mater the proper thing to do would have been to look for a job rather than a well-connected soulmate to marry. Masuk wataniah, jadi model majalah, ada dapat bayaran yang contribute kepada income Melayu naik to First World levels ke, dik.

6. The Malays have to change in order to compete in this new world. I agree wholeheartedly. But at what cost?

a. Do we need to be like others and become ultra-kiasu just to compete with them?

b. Do we have to set our religious principles aside in order to become successful?

We Malays have our set of principles, we have our way of life. At least in this country we could still create an environment where we can live the way we want to live.

So why are we dancing to the tune of others when it is we – who form 67% of the population – who should be the ones beating the gendang – not drum, ye Bapak Presiden, no need to get excited – for others to dance to?

This is UMNO’s role and responsibility. To create that environment for the majority of Malays. But it doesn’t want to do that. Instead it wants to become exotic little creatures that everyone would coo and ahh to, massive exercises of ego-massaging for people with low self esteem and such desperately low self confidence in their own capabilities that they need a battalion of advisors.

The question we majority Malays are left with at the end of the day is this:

If UMNO becomes “liberal dan progresif”, where are we majority Malays who are “tradisionalis dan konservatif” supposed to turn to? We already _have_ a traditionalist and conservative Malay party: it’s called UMNO.

Those who crave to be liberal and progressive should just decamp to PKR. Why are you still in UMNO?

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11 thoughts on “The illogic of a liberal and progressive UMNO

  1. Can the malays people evolve and embrace the UN declaration for human rights? The means freedom of faith, no discrimination ( like what fifa is currently doing), no gender discrimination, acknowledge the existance of gays and tranvestites ( its everywhere in our society, its just that we refuse to accept the truth), stop oppressing and suppressing those other faith like the christians and shiites, freedom to use any word in any language and freedom to evolve and generate new ideas etc.
    Malays arw currently stuck in religious theocracratic mindset. They are so scared of religious authorities and allowed these people to dictate how the malays behave.
    Its better to let khairy free the malays from religius slavery.
    If we allow religious extremist to dictate,it won’t be long before malays are imprisoned because of the length of the beard or the way their women dresses up, just like in afghanistan.
    Malay childrn should emulate malala yusofzhai who was shot in the head by the talibans for daring to speak up. And her command of english, coming from a school in warizistan shames our elite schools.

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    • I thought I’d do other things for a bit after typing my first comment just now, but upon pressing the “post comment” button, saw this not-really-worth-to-counter comment, but what the heck –

      What “generate new ideas” are you talking man, when what you said above are the same words you have used in your comments that I have seen and silently laughed at in the past?

      Read again what Ramayana wrote – full of figures and facts to substantiate his views and opinions. You just make wild allegations, not even a single data. What’s with you?

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    • tempawan,

      You writing “the malays people”, using such shit grammar as “the way their women dresses up” and such stupid spelling as “theocracratic mindset”, yet you want to chide the command of the English language of children in our elite schools?

      Are you mad?

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  2. TO ME UMNO YOUTH IS A DUPLICATE OF PKR.
    THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO.
    UMNO SHOULD FIGHT FOR KETUANAN MELAYU.
    WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO READTHE GAME OFTHE ENEMIES.
    DAP BEING PART OF PAKATAN MUST BE VERY HAPPY WITH THE NEW APPROACH OF UMNO YOUTH.
    I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT UMNO WILL DIE A SLOW DEATH, A DOING OF ONE OF ITS WINGS.
    I ALSO BELIEVE THAT UMNO YOUTH MAIN AGENDA SHOULD BE TO UNITE THE MALAYS.
    UMNO STAND FOR UNITED MALAYS NATIONAL ORGANISATION, LESS YOU WANT TO CHANGE IT TO UNITD MALAYSIAN NATIONAL ORGANISATION.
    I SEE NO EFFORT BY UMNO YOUTH TOWARDS UNITING THE MALAYS THUS FAR.
    ABANDON UMNO THEN.
    A LIBERAL AND PROGRSSIVE UMNO WILL ONLY LEAD TO THE ELIMINATION OF MALAY RIGHTS, AND OTHER RIGHTS AS ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION.
    I WILL NOT BE SURPRISED THAT ONE DAY PKR AND UMNO WILL MERGE, AND PLURALISM, LIBERALISM ETC SHALL BE THE NEW AGENDA.
    SUDAH PASTINYA PERJUANGAN MELAYU DAN ISLAM AKAN TERANCAM.
    PAS ADALAH SEBUAH PARTI YANG TIDAK BOLIH DI HARAP, TIADA PENDIRIAN. RENTAK NYA IKUT ANGIN, SEKEJAP KE KIRI, SEKEJAP KE KANAN.
    YANG CINTAKAN UMNO, PERJUANGAN BANGSA DAN NEGARA, PILIHLAH VP YANG ADA CREDIBILITY, YANG PENTINGKAN ANSK CUCU BANGSA MELAYU DI ARI MUKA.
    LIBERALISM AKAN HANCURKAN MELAYU DAN ISLAM.
    BUNGA BUNGA NYA SUDAH KELIHATAN SEKARANG.
    HANYA MASA AKAN MENENTUKAN NYA…..WALLAHUALAM .

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    • I like your spirit, Putih. Smangat Melayu yang kuat. Unlike the PKR. They say Anwar Al Juburi might even sell his mother if he’s guaranteed the PMship.

      But technically no need to fight for the Ketuanan Melayu. It’s already there enshrined in the Constitution under those Clauses or Articles pertaining to the functions, roles and responsibilities of the YDP Agong, the Malay Rulers, the Rulers Council, Islam as “the religion of the Federation” etc. It’s unshakeable, it’s not amendable, it’s protected under the Sedition Act. We only need to fight those pendatang who try to question it, and those so-called liberal Malays in cahout with the pendatang in calling for the repeal of what they claim to be “draconian laws”, including Najib who talked about doing away with the Sedition Act.

      No doubt, he has hoodwinked the pendatang and might do it again – he repealed the ISA but let the amendments to the Prevention of Crimes Act be passed by Parliament. Those PCA amendments allow ISA-like detention without trial for 2 years, renewable for another 2 years thereafter. The DAP can’t tolerate those because Lim Kit Siang sudah merasa ISA. Jika Najib hapuskan Akta Hasutan dan menjejaskan Ketuanan Melayu, Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu dan Bumiputera Sabah dan Sarawak, kita minta UMNO hapuskan dia.

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  3. Awesome analysis and stance. Najib and KJ go spend some time with ordinary Malays especially kampung folks. There are still wide gaps in quality of education and life. Also don’t forget the underserved non-bumis. No need to be apologeticlah for being Malay. I am a Malay living as an expatriate in the US. I am ashamed to report Non-bumi JPA scholars at an ivy league univ here mostly do not speak fluent Bahasa Malaysia. When spoken to in bahasa the reply is in English. Last raya, most of them professed never ate pulut kuning, laksa and other malay treats. One poured kuah durian over beef burger. I am in awe these kids were minimally exposed to other cultures in Malaysia. Hmmm….is that possible?

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  4. Bloody good article. Well done Ramayana for writing it and JMD for publishing it.

    I’m damn glad there are Melayus with such clear thinking, fittingly effective whacking, with solid arguments and lucid writing capabilities, representing the vast majority of the Malays against the onslaught of the so-called liberal and progressive upstarts and the so called leader who was badly shaken and startled by the Chinese tsunami after giving away so much to them before PRU13.

    I’ll be quite happy just to provide a chorus, repeat and perhaps add a little here and there to what Ramayana says, under the name Mahabarata, the other great Indian epic of old. I’d love for him to write more. What he says is just music to the ears.

    I’d also love to see if there are worthwhile rebuttals by those calling or thinking they are liberal and progressive. I won’t even mind if the nasty DAP kind of detractors, like the fellow calling himself Shadow Banker, to come in, though his comments will be full of the usual “wild, unsubstantiated and unjustified allegations and claims”.

    Meanwhile, I’ll just wait and watch the comments that come in, until 1-2 appear worth for me to counter.

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  5. Slightly out of topic, but still within the topic of so-called liberal Malays SOGs –

    A senior lecturer with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Dr Faisal Hazis, described the Appeal Court’s ruling on the usage of the word “Allah” as “very disturbing”. He said the support of right wing groups and Islamic groups for the ruling was also worrying.

    “The court and these groups should not sow the seeds of fear and hatred among Muslims towards our Christian brothers and sisters … There is no coercion in Islam,” he said.

    WTH is he talking about? what “sow the seeds of fear and hatred among Muslims”? What “coercion”? And the report doesn’t say if he is qualified in Islamic studies or in law. Or he quoting any Islamic texts and the like. Trying to be liberal, is he? Wonder how strong is his religious faith. Just wanting publicity, is he?

    He accusing the Court and the Islamic groups of sowing seeds of fear and hatred is himself sowing that very fear and hatred that he spoke about. He should have just shut up. No fear and hatred would have come out. WTF.

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  6. Yes, “how nonsensical Pemuda UMNO has become.”

    Where before Pemuda was the front line of attacks against those trying to hurt the rights and the interests of the Malays, now they have become silent. Where during Dato Harun Idris’ time, Pedmuda was busy with instilling pride in the political and cultural values of the Malays, silat groups and all, these days nothing is heard of such activities by Pemuda. Where before Malay youths had been proud to spend their own money on petrol to drive their motorbikes ans scooters in convoys carrying the UMNO flags during whatever campaigns that UMNO had engaged in, in recent times,only Mat Rempits go about in convoys, engaged in non-beneficial and destructive activities like illegal racing, drugs, gangs and what have you.

    When you have Khairy Jamaluddin, found guilty of money politics but allowed to contest the Pemuda Chief post in 2009, what can you expect. When he was not given any post in the Government, statutory bodies or anywhere – never before in the history of Pemuda UMNO – doesn’t that tell how he was looked at by the power that be.

    But when Najib became desperate, having been wanked left, right and centre for giving away so much to the Chinese – and at the expense of the Malays, too – before PRU13, yet he was given the Chinese tsunami, he chose to rely on Khairy and Pemuda. Nobody ever said UMNO’s 88 seats at PRU13 were largely brought by Pemuda UMNO. Yet he appointed Khairy as Minister and also placed Khairy’s run-around man Azeez, the fake Master’s degree holder, as CEO in the huge and wealthy GLC Tabung Haji. Then the guilty of money politics Khairy got elected again last Saturday.

    That’s how nonsensical Pemuda UMNO has become. Who are responsible for that? Both the so-called liberal Ketua Pemuda and the liberal wannabe UMNO President/ Prime Minister.

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