Finally, Hisham admits the fact that Umno members are actually fed up of infighting and bickering within the party. Whether he really sees and understands the whole situation in Umno, especially in Terengganu, is not important but his approach counts.
I am not sure whether he acknowledges the worsening infighting among Umno leaders, notably at states and divisions level as he himself has his politics in command of him. Whether he will advance further (he used to avow of aspiring to become a prime minister) or getting saturated at where he is now, only God knows.
He is not as friendly as before, so say many of his friends and colleagues. He gets snobbish by the day. He despises bloggers, including pro-government bloggers whom he describes as 'menyusahkan'. In other words, we are just a pain in the ass. But he loves the Press, calling press conferences and issuing statements frequently. Any difference between the mainstream media and bloggers?
Even efforts by his aides to arrange a 'bloggers meet Hisham session' was either called off or rescheduled many times. Afraid, maybe?
Now, does he understands what infighting among Umno leaders is? (read here) What kind of info did he get from Ahmad Said. Does he believe in all the feedback feeded to him by Terengganu Umno? Does he trust the people who gave him such info?
Terengganu is a 50-50 state at this particular moment. Should we call for a general election this year, the state will fall to Pas and the Pakatan Rakyat. Not only Terengganu, Kelantan will remain as a Pas stronghold, Selangor will see almost all Umno state seats fall to the Opposition, Johor will have more Opp Aduns, Kedah and Perlis will go to PR, Perak is a doubtful winner while in Melaka, Ali Rustam himself could lose in his own constituency.
What about the Dewan Rakyat? Barisan Nasional's majority would be reduced to between 6 and 10 seats. Will Hisham survive his?
Umno leaders like Hisham should look deeply into problems plaguing the party. Dont deny the fact that many Umno members have voted for the Opposition in the last general elections, hoping for the leadership to change. They were taught a good lesson.
Sadly, nothing seems to have changed. Umno leaders still love rhetoric, calling on members to continue supporting them. 'Siapalah kita tanpa Umno!' but what would become of the party if more and more members leaving it for Pas or PKR?
We are happy and proud to read news by the mainstream media that more and more Pas and PKR members are joining Umno but at the same time do we notice how many Umno members are crossing over? In Terengganu, situation gets worse each day. Does Hisham know that there are political empires at few Umno divisions in the state? What is he going to do about it? What kind of a picture that you got from Ahmad Said?
Most of Umno top leaders today were born with a golden spoon in their mouth. Najib and Hisham are sons of former premiers while the others are descendants of the rich and famous. They take things too lightly. Whatever happens at the grassroots is none of their business, just leave it to the state or division heads to attend it.
Umno members do not fancy stuck-up leaders who come with dozens bodyguards and luxury cars to their branch or division. As most division heads are also like many Umno leaders - getting rich quickly after being appointed to their respective positions - they only choose their own people to safeguard their interest. They only call on members to 'buy' them in the next party elections.
Some divisions have its own political empires. Apart from being a division head, his wife is the Wanita chief, his daughter as the Puteri chief while his son holds the Pemuda division chief. Umno leadership is aware of this ugly trend but there is nothing they can do about it as the precedent has been set.
So, like it or not, let the members judge the party and its leaders again in the next general election! You may not want to read posting like this but let me tell you this - Umno is getting irrelevant by the day because of its leaders' ignorant game!