Monday, May 14, 2012

Where is Umno?

Umno is still celebrating its 66th birthday. I wanted to go to the Bukit Jalil Stadium on Friday nite but was engaged with another meeting with two European diplomats. After all, I am so used to speeches by Umno leaders, about things they will say and the kind of slogans to chant.

Umno is my party since 1981 and I hope it will stay relevant forever.

However, in order to stay relevant, Umno leaders must restrategise its approach and mechanism. We can be proud for having more than 3.4 million members supporting the party. But what have we drawn or learn from the 2008 poll 'disaster'?

I do not wish to write a long post. Enough to say that Umno (maybe) only exists for the leaders and those who benefit from working with its inner circle. The grassroot members are still there, talking about bread and butter on the promise of 'the moon and sun'.

How sincere are we in appreciating the grassroot members?

Just citing a simple case - an Umno member passed away in Kota Bharu Hospital last Thursday. Two hours later, representatives from KB PAS division came to pay their last respect to the deceased and contributed some money for his funeral.

The very next day, a rep from KITA also came to the family house to extend condolences and gave 'wang ehsan' to them.

However, nobody from Kota Bharu Umno division office came despite a promise by one of its senior official to send a rep and 'wang khairat' to the bereaved family. Up to this date, no Umno rep came.

I don't know what happened. Only God knows best. However, its not about money. Its the thought that counts. The deceased was very active in party's activities, and so are his family members.

But where was Umno when they needed it most?

Umno leaders are very busy with their work and schedule while its office bearers at the State and division levels are also tied up with their routine, especially in keeping their position and gaining the attention from the top.

I am not sure how do we treat 'petty and small' matter like this. Of course its not similar to that of tabling a new Bill at the Parliament or formulating a new development policy for the country. However, a small matter like this has a tendency to escalate into a big one.

This is one of several similar cases brought to my attention. Yes, people at the top may treat it as not important but just wait when it becomes the talk of the town or kampung. So, what kind of an impression do we expect from them?

I don't know if PM and Umno President Najib Tun Razak reads this. Many Umno leaders could laugh at it but I have so much worries for Umno, particularly in preparing its machinery for the next general election.

Will we still blame the grassroot members should the votes for Umno decline again? I think its fair, right?

34 comments:

masih di BH said...

a-ahhh...

at last, the real story about umno.

good one, bro.

najib must read this but wonder if he understands the message.

MASTANA said...

jai,

di tompek kito pun samo. cumo bezo eh, ado orang umno datang... lopeh 5 hari dah kebumi.

orang pas datang 15 minit bilo dapek tau ado org kampung mati. tokeh cino yang jadi wakil dap pun datang bagi rm500.

wakil umno yang datang lopeh 5 hari tu cumno bagi rm100.

apo nak buek. dah kito sokong parti keramat ni... hehehehehehe!!!! ambek kau!

pro-Pakatan said...

this is a fair posting.

i like it!

hooraaaayyy!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sigh!....cant agree with you more bro... UMNO leaders and members must change to stay relevant. They just cant rely on PM and TPM's hard work alone to ensure victory in PRU13. The cabinet ministers...where are they? Not much news on them meeting the people or ceramah. PR, despite them politicizing each and every bit of our life, is more active engaging the rakyat and ceramah here and there..

Shud BN wins PRU13, PM and TPM needs to get better and people friendly cabinet line ups..

Anonymous said...

good question - where is umno?

u got it damn right there, soldier. umno is almost dead. so, before it dies, u better make the right choice - pakatan rakyat!

orang lama said...

sayangnya umno makin bermasalah. bukan kita tak sayangkan umno tetapi pemimpin peringkat bahagian ke atas terlalu mementingkan diri sendiri.

dah terlalu banyak slogan digunakan, dah terlalu banyak kata manis diucapkan di perhimpunan agung tetapi umno makin jauh hanyut.

ahli peringkat bawahan hanya dijadikan alat untuk kepentingan politik orang tertentu. tiba masa pilihanraya, muka masing2 manis dan merayu undi, umnolah pejuang melayu.

memang umno berjuang untuk melayu tetapi itu cerita lama.

umno hari ini melihat ahli akar umbi sebagai golongan yang boleh disuap dengan sekilo beras dan sehelai baju T...

omar, temerloh said...

kalau tak boleh tunaikan, janganlah buat janji sana sini.

kitorang tak kisah kalau pemimpin atasan umno tak pedulikan kami.

tapi janganlah kami diperkotak-katikkan.

tak jenguk kami di bawah ni pun tak apa asalkan kami cukup makan, pakai dan selesa daripada dahulu.

ini tak, makin ramai orang melayu yang hidupnya makin susah...!

samagagah said...

As time evolves, umno is seen more as a party for the rich n famous rather than to fight for d malay course.

Umno is rast becoming an institution to opportunity, contracts and fame.

Gone r d days when umno had to find people to lead it...

joehancl/PRAY, it works said...

Once corruption sets in you lose the human touch and your God given conscience is lost. That is what is happening to your leaders.

Anonymous said...

Jai,
Your observation about UMNO leaders not being sensitive to the goings on at the grass root level is spot on. The same happens during times of catastrophe such as flood and fire. This maybe due to their need for press or TV coverage before making a move unlike the PAS rep who will do just without them. After all which MSM will cover them?
The 3.4 million membership is a doubtful figure. It includes non paying and non committed members like me and there are many more of them including some dead members. My best guestimate as to the true blue UMNO member is far less than half the figure. Why not try a reregistration just to prove me wrong?
Pak Tua

Anonymous said...

JR - UMNO will not learn.Dont be sad.
Their parasite ketua bahagian who are in the favoured PM camp will be doing the damage for UMNO and their leaders. IN Selangor and Kelantan the saki baki losers who are still hanging on to power by sheer bodek powers will continue to keep the leaders in sweet snores.

These ketuas only raise their heads and paste their grinning sickening smile like as if they have been working hard when PM does his rounds. To add to the bodeking icing they will be the first to kiss the PM's hand. There have been complaints from ordinary folks in Kelantan ignored by Pas over their problems they go to UMNO ketua in Kota Baru. Also ignored inspite of the sweet promises.

We all know that those ordinary UMNO members who have been working hard will be at the back waiting for a chance to say hell o to PM when he visits, which never happens.

And guess what- in spite of their disappointment, inspite of knowing full well thier useless bosses will be upfront to greet PM, they smile shake thier heads and CONTINUE WORKING AS UMNO GRASSROOTS. So who do you think will be attending funerals- them. U will not recognise them bec they are nobodies.

God bless these people who have no expectations yet do everything for UMNO because they love the party and the country.

Malays being Malays they only react when they reach a point of Amuk. When they turn their backs , nothing can make them change their minds. There are already pockets of them in Selangor and Kelantan who will not vote UMNO, nor PAS or PKR.

They belong to the Melayu Hati Luka. Their children react to this. They carry the anger for thier parents and turn against UMNO. Yes we do know of these cases. We pretend not to. Do you think the umno ketua bahagians afflicted with this scenario will tell their leaders?

That will be the leaders uphill battle.It is really das for members to see leaders like these still able to position themselves infront of PM's eyes.Hope the PM see thru this wayang.

NAGAMAN

salim bachok said...

umno tu ada tetapi bukan untuk orang bawahan macam kita ni, jai. kita semua ni dianggap kucing kurap, diberi makan sesekali bila sokongan dan undi kita diperlukan.

jadi, kita teruskanlah mengundi umno walaupun kita tak dapat apa2 daripadanya...

penangan said...

salam tn,

sudah banyak kali disebut bahawa umno akan dirombak pendekatannya tetapi saya lihat masih begitu juga, tiada perubahan ketara.

yang duduk di peringkat bahagian dan atasan umno rata2 dapat habuan itu dan ini serta macam2 kontrak tetapi ahli bawahan langsung tidak merasa tempiasnya.

saya juga sayangkan umno tetapi parti keramat ini makin lama makin diragui keikhlasannya oleh ahli peringkat akar umbi.

Anonymous said...

that's why i've been telling u malaysians, especially the malays.

ITS TIME TO CHANGE THE GOVT!

mat gombau said...

jai,

den masih ahli umno. gaso2 takkan masuk parti lain.

den pun aktif yo dalam kegiatan umno gombau ni tapi den tgk masih ado puak2 yang jadi kayo sekolip mato sobab gapat dgn ketuo.

den macam tu yo, totap miskin tapi bahagio dgn kojo kampung ni.

cumo kito harap janganlah pihak atasan umno tgk kito di bawah ni macam takdo mato jo...

apam balik said...

jai,

politics are all about power, money and autonomy.

those at the helm of politics usually get strong endorsement from the grass root.

however, sad to note that problems on the ground are only being attended to when they held big functions.

no personal approach in dealing with it.

Anonymous said...

umno akan terus relevan, bro.

melayu takkan berpaling tadah kepada parti lain, kecuali segelintir.

tetapi memang benar, untuk mengekalkan kedudukan umno, masih banyak perlu dibuat.

clemence chang said...

not only in kelantan, bujai. it happens in other places too.

for instance, when a house burns down, pas and dap are very quick to come to the aid.

but umno will take sometimes. why? they need to calculate on the budget and access the damage.

is money always a big problem to umno?

geng 69 said...

dah lamaaaa daahhh!!!

tukaq la kerajaan, kita tgk siapa lebih handal.

tak rugi punya!

lunchai said...

agree.

grass root members are not that important to them.

what's important is to stay on power.

but who gave them power?

Anonymous said...

Indeed it was very sad to say that they never learned what had happened in 2008. As usual only those in circle benefited most leaving behind orang kampung like me. They keep on enriching the cronies by awarding contracts etc and living in style and comfort we orang kampung so scared to come near. To come close to us langsung tak pernah. Btw as people say whatever going up must coming down for sure and the coming PRU13 these UMNO and BN will sure doooomed....

wanrosaini said...

Where is UMNO? Honestly, UMNO is nowhere near where and when it matters and yet UMNO dominates the main stream media. TV3 and Utusan, NST, too, are blatantly biased and they thought they are doing favours or it could be merely following orders. Is PM the only visible UMNO leader? Whatever good PM does, much of it get negated when his other significant half also wants to have her fair share of the limelight. Where is UMNO? Nowhere near the transformational mode it needs badly to be in. Many UMNO leaders at state level and division leaders are busy endearing themselves to be winnable candidates thinking that power and positions are prerequisite to make money needed to sustain their positions. And when in power they think they work hard and therefore deserve every penny they grab by whichever means without regard for merit, competency, fairness or even halal. Where is UMNO? Possibly on the other side of the Parliament seating if the leaders only know how to talk rubbish and talk big about capturing lost States and believing the illusion that they have changed. This self inflicted misery is well deserved and this possibility is real and this is not even due to a better Pakatan since PKR is really full of horseshit, DAP is still chauvinistic lots and PAS are just compliant idiots dreaming big about seats of power in Putrajaya and going about their business in jubah, sarong and selipar jepun.

Anonymous said...

ahli bawahan memang sayangkan parti dan hormati pemimpin.

tetapi adakah pemimpin sayang dan hargai ahli bawahan?

dah cakap banyak kali dah! said...

diorang ni patut jentik je telur dia, baru senak sikit.

masalah kecik macam ni pun tak boleh nak urus, macam mana nak tadbir bahagian dan negara?

macam mana umno nak dapat kepercayaan rakyat kalau begini!

Anonymous said...

learn from UMNO Johor...lor. kematian ke kenduri kendara ke kumpulan kompang ke , u named it semua ada ....dan semua di atur beres.

drmuzi

Anonymous said...

Money is no problem..it is the TV camera...no camera and newsman following what for!

Anonymous said...

Inilah yg membezakan YB BN dgn YB PR..Yg Berhormat vs Yg Berkhidmat..wallahua'alam

Anonymous said...

DIMANA UMNO BERADA, TAK TAHU???
Where is UMNO/Dimana UMNO, semua orang tidak tahu dimana UMNO, so it end with a reasoning as this >> If you cannot explain it simply, then you don't understand it well enough<< Kata Albert Einstein.

Senang sahaja, di PRU13 nanti kita tukar mereka dengan PR dan selepas 5 tahun kalau PR menyampah, kita tukar mereka dengan UMNO kembali.

Dengan cara ini sahaja, kita akan mendapat khidmat yang First Class, sebab semua YB (Yang Berkhidmat) akan betul-betul berkhidmat untuk rakyaat bukan untuk isi perut dia sahaja, fan takut selalu kena tukar setiap 5 tahun.

Untuk menamatkan rungutan kita, apa kata kalau kita berikan Undi kepada PR dan rehatkan sahaja orang UMNO yang malas berkerja ini, buat selama 5 tahun, biar dia rasa macam mana menjadi pembangkang.

Pada muka mereka yang malas itu, duit habuan sana sini mahu kebas tetapi bertugas untuk rakyaat malas, sedangkan mereka di undi untuk berkhidmat untuk rakyaat bukan untuk peluk bini di rumah.

Anonymous said...

siapa ketua umno kota bharu?

latifps said...

Kebelakangan ini, ramai golongan pemuda umno yg memimpin di peringkat bahagian dan pemuda umno terdiri dari kalangan elite sahaja terutama anak-anak bekas perdana menteri,menteri, menteri besar,a li Parliament,adun, DLL. Macam la umno parti yg khas untuk golongan ini saja. Sebab itu kita lihat mereka ini tidak tau mendekati pengundi2 diperingkat akar umbi,cara mereka amat jauh berbeza dgn pemimpin terdahulu.mereka cuma selesa bergaul sesama mereka kerana mengangap parti umno it adalah warisan nenek moyang mereka.perlu diingat tanpa pengundi bawahan mereka tak akan kemana.
Dimana umno diperingkat cawangan Dan bahagian??? Rata2 kalau kita lihat tiada usaha atau initiatif digerakkan sehingga kini untuk menarik pengundi2 dikawasan masing2 walaupun PM Dan TPM bergerak menjaja Dan merayu disegenap pelusuk negara berkempen untuk mendapat sokongan bagi PR13. Oh mungkin takut nama tak dicalonkan jadi takpayahlah bersusah-susah berkempen untuk orang lain....inilah sikap pemimpin2 melayu umno yg Ada sekarang..kalu tiada dicalonkan takada lagi sokongan padu diberi, atau sabotaj saja calon yg bakal dipilih untuk bertanding...

Anonymous said...

Mana ada hari ulang tahun 66. umno dah kojol lama dah. yang ada sekarang ni umno baru. Kalau 66 tahun tu hari jadi hantu, patutlah ramai pengundi hantu. Menipu tak sudah, cukuplah tu.
Umno kan mesra rakayat, orang Felda baru dapat durian runtuh, sapa tak sokong,kena haram jadah dek PM.Rakyat baru dapat BR1M 500 ringgit.Sekarang Santa Clause dah muncul musim pilihanraya, kalau dulu musim Krismas saja.

vinnan said...

What is UMNO? United Malay National Organisation. 'Ketuanan' Melayu yang tak ada telor guna Bahasa Melayu.

Anonymous said...

Ketuanan Melayu is political tool of UMNO bro, all the while this has been used by UMNO to fool Malays. Im Indian, I respect a Malay and Chinese or other races in MaLaysia. Rakyat got no issue to live together and united. But UMNO/BN make mockery about it.

Anonymous said...

Apa yang terjadi kepada UMNO secara menyeluruh hari ini adalah sama seperti apa yang telah terjadi kepada UMNO Kelantan pada tahun 1990...rakyat meluat....bukan sukakan PR tetapi terlampau bencikan UMNO...