I remember sending text messages to a minister, his secretary-general and director-general over the need to pool editors of pro-Umno mainstream media and bloggers into a forum, specifically to discuss 'pro-Umno' and 'pro-Barisan Nasional'.
That was about two months ago. Only the sec-gen replied, seconding my proposal and promised to bring it up at a meeting with his boss. Then, everything went silent.
I know its not 'advisable' to blog about it as it should be confined to top level discussion. But even our Prime Minister and his Cabinet members are not doing anything about it. I guess that explains why those in charge of the government's propaganda machinery are sleeping on their job. Or, they are not aware of the danger awaiting BN in the next general election.
Yes, I am worried.
Why? While some mainstream media and bloggers are pro-Umno, they are not BN-friendly. I thought when we are pro-Umno, it goes without saying that we should also be pro-BN.
But the situation is otherwise. In showing undivided support for Umno, some pro-Umno media and bloggers are battering MCA, Gerakan, MIC and other BN component parties. It gives the impression that MCA, for instance, belongs to the Opposition.
It also implies that Umno can form the government without MCA, Gerakan and MIC. Reading some editorials and blogs that condemned MCA sent shivers down my spine. What is MCA to Umno? A rival?
What is the point attacking Chua Soi Lek, Koh Tsu Koon and G Palanivel when the parties they lead are part of BN? Can Umno form the next government without having to bank on their contribution?
I am not sure if Najib is aware of such a 'ring worm' shrouding the media and blogosphere but it does not augur well in bringing Malaysians - especially BN members - together under the 1Malaysia slogan.
We need MCA. They have their own domestic problems but Umno too is facing similar setbacks. But blaming each other for some minor issues will cost BN dearly in the next national poll. Distrust among each other will be very, very disastrous to BN.
Please bear in mind that there is no more 'comfort zone' for BN in the 13th general election. The Pakatan Rakyat's onslaught gets stiffer by the day and we cannot forget the simple fact that Umno cannot form the government all alone.
So, badmouthing MCA by pro-Umno media and bloggers should be put to a stop. I am not the right person to discuss the issue here but since such a proposal fell on deaf ears, its my duty to ring the alarm.
To my pro-Umno fellow bloggers and media, do accept my apology. But please consider this - do we have to be anti-BN and anti-MCA for wearing the pro-Umno tag?