Monday, May 14, 2012
Where is Umno?
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?