I was in Melaka on Saturday afternoon. To be exact, I went to Rockybru's kampung, SLN which is much nearer to KJ's constituency of Rembau (mine is 2km further south of SLN).
Responding to a call, I was at the Balai Raya at 3pm where an Umno branch meeting was about to start. About 100 people attended it (SLN population is just about 300, excluding Rocky), so, it was considered a good attendance.
SLN comes under Masjid Tanah constituency. Datuk Wira Abu Seman is the Member of Parliament. There are 5 state seats, namely Taboh Naning, Ayer Limau, Tanjung Bidara, Kuala Linggi and Lendu. Only 2 state assembleymen were present.
The event itself was very interesting and quite tense. The scent of durian was all over (its durian season in SLN, anyway that provides extra income for the population).
But what I want to highlight here is for Umno President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, and the rest of the Supreme Council members, to understand just one thing --- why Umno members are beginning to hate their leaders (not the party).
Read very carefully. I believe Datuk Wira Abu Seman, too, wants to know and he may sue me for libel... BUT I got every proof and tangible evidence. For your info, I am an Umno member too (just that I've forgotten to pay my fees).
The meeting was called to order. Ketua Umno SLN, (call him Din) was challenged by his buddy called Abang.
Throughout the meeting, some odd things took place... like a person named Cikgu Bahaman claimed he received a telephone call from division head, Abu Seman, not to support the contender but to ensure the incumbent's victory.
Is it true? This shouldnt have happened. How could a division head do that? Party elections should be conducted in a very democratic manner and all factions vying for any position should not resort to dirty tactics.
Even the JKKK chairman, known as Jalil (who has held the position for 4 terms, just like Abu Seman as a parliamentarian) sent an SMS to Din's challenger 'jangan kacau SLN...(dont disturb SLN).
Adun for Ayer Limau, Amir, whom I think knows nothing much about SLN, took Din for 'a ride in the kampung on the eve of the branch meeting.... for what purpose? Din wont be in SLN if not through marriage.
Cikgu Bahaman told Abang that ketua wanita SLN, Melah Tahir got 'an order' from Adun Taboh Naning, Latifah, to ensure that the branch head position stays with Din.
This is a small conspiracy, right? How about a division head who only chose candidates of his taste for the last general elections?
Why cant we leave who should head a party branch to the rakyat who really know their own leaders? They know who is best to lead the party. If a small Umno branch like SLN is faced with such conspiracy, what about the rest of branches and divisions in the country?
At the end, I noticed discontentment in almost all attendees, including this poor Kak Timah and Along Mail.
The ssshhh-sssshhhh about putting the blame on Abu Seman, the hatred for local leaders and the show of disgust on the face, reflected how Umno is easily losing its support if the members' domain is being hacked.
And, of course, the best thing they said was 'takyah undi Umno lagi pada pilihanraya akan datang (do not vote for Umno again in the next general elections). Dont you think it is serious enough?
If one branch has responded such, what about others?
What's more? The SLN meeting, I believe, was not conducted accordingly to the party constitution. The present committee was not dissolved and a temporary chairman to service the meeting and election was not appointed.
Umno Disciplinary Committee - you've got a task.