Former deputy premier and ex-Umno deputy president Tun Musa Hitam said on Wednesday it was time for Umno to choose young bred of leaders who are vibrant, full or ideas and wise enough to lead the Malay-dominant party.
Somehow or rather, I do agree with him.
When you are too old and too long at the helm, your cadres and members at the grassroot may find it 'not proper' to tell you what you did was right or wrong. On the other hand, being too young for a senior position will open you up to simple criticism should you fail to move around 'correctly'.
So, Tun... what is the ideal 'young' age to lead the party? Those 35 to 60 maybe?
MCA has, in its just-concluded elections, saw a balanced mixture of veterans and youths. It was perhaps the best results the country and the party have seen in many years. Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek whose sex-scandal forced him out of the Cabinet, gained popularity by emerging as the party no.2 man.
We can say that MCA members were wise in chosing who they wanted, regardless of one's personal scandal or problems. To the Chinese, track record of service and the acceptance of party members are more important.
Umno has so many factions, a texture of old and old, old and young and the young ones. Which one do we prefer? Some veterans and seasoned leaders cannot deliver anymore but still want to hold on to their position. A few who realised that they cant even make the cut for Supreme Council and vice president seats, were still hoping for miracles.
What are the criteria and ingredients to become Umno leaders? Tengku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein, Tun Mahathir and Datuk Seri Abdullah have got their own supremacy elements as leaders, then and now. Najib is emerging fast while Muhyiddin gains so much support fron the divisions.
What about others? Some may get enough nominations and some may have to bow out. Names like Hishamuddin, Mukhriz, Khairy and few others are young leaders who can chart the party's next move towards becoming more relevant in Malaysian politics. Nonetheless, back-stabbing, money and all sorts of tactics are being used to gain that few seats.
The veterans and youth combination should augur well to stabilise and reconcile all factions in Umno. Many may say there were no factions, that no money was being offered to delegates and no match-making was involved.
It is time for Umno to wake up in the midst of post-12th general elections dilemma. Its leaders and members must realise that whoever they may choose for no.1, no.2, vice presidents and other positions MUST bear the responsibility to regain confidence from grassroot members, work as a formidable team and close ranks with everybody.
Yes, we need some GOOD young leaders, irrespective of where they come from and with whom are they close to. As long as this seasonal and young leaders can secure satisfaction within the party and uphold Umno to the ideas mooted 61 years ago, then there will be nothing to worry.
Just a reminder, DONT CHOOSE WHO SHOULD FIT INTO YOUR TEAM!