The findings that disclosed 47 out of 191 Umno divisions were sabotaged during the last general election should send a strong message to the party's top leadership. Something was not right then, obviously.
However, is everything all right now for Umno to brace the 13th general election? I don't have the answer but I do have some observations to share.
Who were the saboteurs in 2008? The grassroot members or divisional office bearers themselves, especially those not nominated as election candidates?
The Malays are still thick in back-stabbing and back-bitting. Some people who lost their seat to a new candidate may turn into one of the party's greatest enemy within. For instance, a division head who had to pave the way for his deputy to contest would become the among the party's greatest enemies within.
He launched a campaign not to vote for his deputy and incited members to vote for the Opposition as a symbol of protest. An unperforming wakil rakyat, the division head felt his position was being threatened, thus such a bad disposition would ensure his deputy to lose and the division head seat to remain his.
Plenty of money was circulated. As a division head, he grabbed almost all projects and allocations for his division, making him from rag to rich during his one or two terms tenure as a Yang Berhormat. And with this money, members (voters) who supported him then were paid either to vote for the Opposition or not to vote at all.
I am not sure if that 47 divisions exposed by Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is precise but I agree that those involved should be axed or expelled from the party. Umno needs a big clean up before the national poll as to avoid the recur of the 2008 disaster.
There are many reason as to why members cast their protest votes in 2008. Among which are their dissension toward the choice of candidate, their dissatisfaction over branch and division heads and their frustration over the top leadership's failure to address some of their woes.
There is no need for me to write a lengthy me posting as I have written many over the past few years, especially during the party's General Assembly last year.
However, I would like Zahid to publicly disclose which are the 47 divisions affected during 2008 poll. By looking at the names who lead the divisions, we could easily identify the culprit and take action.
We don't need these people around.
But again, is everything all right with Umno now?