If we talk about relevance, many things are not. Not everybody can talk relevance. We cant question the relevant of others if we ourselves are not relevant to some people.
So, Umno vice-president Hisham said MCA must prove that it was still relevant to the Chinese community in this country. Citing the Hulu Selangor by-election result, he said although the Chinese votes in the constituency had declined, it may not necessarily mean they have lost confidence in MCA (read here).
Hisham spoke like a party president. In cases like this, not even a vice president of other parties may tell Umno to re-engineer its relevancy to the Malays. Yes, Umno have had its bad time, Hisham did mention that.
But what does the 1,725 majority for BN in Hulu Selangor reflects? That majority of the Malays there voted for BN? Dont we think PKR is still a relevant political party? Remember Kuala Terengganu where we fielded a strong local candidate? We lost 'handsomely'. He himself is in charge of Umno Terengganu but does he really attend to the State's problem?
Is Umno Terengganu still relevant in the next general elections? Is Hisham himself still a relevant Umno leader to solve the problems and bickerings there? Or does he treat all that as irrelevance!
Its not that Umno has gone through a difficult period. Umno is still facing major problems in rallying support from the grassroots. Umno has become a party dictated by some people at States and national levels. Some division chiefs and their subordinates are screwing each other, trying to bring down one another.
Is his adviser a relevant person in feeding him with precision fact and figures or any information about Umno Terengganu? Compared with the time when he was an Education Minister, he is getting snobbish of late.
Or maybe he has never been under a difficult period since his childhood days. He is the son of our beloved former Prime Minister but will he gain similar affection and appreciation given to his late father? And is it relevant to have a descendant of a Prime Minister to become one when he grows up although he doesnt possess the credibility of a premier?
Sometimes, we also need to ask ourselves - is the chair we sit on fits us well enough? If not of politics and support from the grassroots, what are we today? With our present attitude, can we forever have their full support?
We like making decision. When we think its a big and a significant one, others call it stupid. When others cry, we laugh to ourselves. When we feel we can control a big organisation by ourselves, without taking advise and getting feedbacks from others, we may end up a bigot and later on fumble in so many aspects.
We may sound being so ambitious. Nothing is wrong with that but our moves and actions are not relevant to efforts in attaining our objectives.
So, what is so relevant and what is not here...