Yesterday The New Straits Times came with a 'this-is-what-I-have-been-waiting-for!' article in their website. I meant to post this yesterday itself, but workload caught up on me. The title of the article was 'Get to Work', and I felt it was so aptly named. It's so coincidental that the article was published just a day after I posted this. Here goes..

It's been five weeks since the general election. The Barisan Nasional was returned to power, albeit with a smaller majority and the loss of five states.

Despite the shock of the result, it was still a mandate that no one could argue with, not even Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his wildest allegations of electoral fraud. But what has Umno, the leading partner of the coalition and largest party in parliament, been doing since March 8? Bickering, pointing fingers, baying for vengeance and doing everything imaginable except rolling up its sleeves and getting down to the work of governing.

Enough is enough.

People are getting fed up with Umno’s moaning and groaning, the political wayang and sandiwara its cast of characters is playing up and down the country.

The truth is that the people have long been disgusted with the kind of boorish, loutish behaviour that Umno leaders had exemplified because of their grip on power since independence in 1957.

Brandishing the kris was hurtful to the non-Malays but the party leadership did nothing to take the Umno Youth chief to task for the menacing and insulting gesture. Which was why he was emboldened to repeat it and provide extra impetus for the Chinese and Indians to abandon the BN at the polls.

It also did not go unnoticed that the leadership put up with the racist and inflammatory rhetoric of the delegates at the televised 2006 Umno general assembly.

Then there was the desecration of the temple under the watch of the then Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo which did so much to outrage the Hindus throughout the country and turn them against the ruling coalition. And Dr Khir had the cheek to award a broom to a local council president, when neither he nor the party president could control the warlords who held the party to ransom over the choice of candidates, and stabbed the party in the back when they did not approve of the candidates.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is now paying for these and other acts of omission, including the undeliverable promises of change that he made when he first became prime minister in 2003.

Every other day, he has had to deflect attacks by party members and ex-leaders who conveniently have absolved themselves of any fault. But every day that he is sidetracked by party bickering is another day affairs of state are neglected — the nation and the people are the losers.

Abdullah has said that he has got the message; he has accepted responsibility for the unkept pledges; and this time, he vows he will deliver on his promises and set the country in order before he retires.

That is, in fact, the verdict of his mandate, and he should be allowed to get on with it. But all the worms crawling out of the Umno woodwork — especially the retired and those with shelf lives past due who have found new breath in their calls for a party coup — won’t let him.

They don’t get it. Abdullah is not solely to be blamed and everything will not suddenly be all well again if he goes. Umno from the roots to the high branches all have to share the blame for their silence, their greed, arrogance and shenanigans that have turned off voters. So stop the navel-gazing and infighting.

If they have to fight among themselves, at least have the decency to keep it civilised and behind closed doors. They don’t have to drag the whole country through their infernal politicking.

There are more important things than private peeves and settling of scores.

Neither the brewing crisis over soaring food prices nor other major issues are going to wait for Umno to put its own house in order. Now is the time for the grand old party to move on, do the things its leaders have promised and show that it still has what it takes to lead the nation.

NST Online 16/04/08

Very true! They will never learn do they! Rotten species! Do you know the food crisis is a worldwide issue, and there's no apparent solution for it? This is claimed by the United Nations people!!! What are you doingggg???!!!!! Astaghfirullahal'azhimmmm!!!! PLEASE SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THE RAKYAT FIRST LAAAAA!!!!!!! WE SO DO NOT ACCEPT THIS!!! AngryAt wits endWaitingNot listeningShame on you


mangosteenskin said...

aww...very serious post indeed. yeah i feel tired too, after a month had passed they still argue on the reason of their failure. Move on lah! Too late to change the fact or anything, it's time to change and adapt.They should focus on other more critical issues. Like the food problem. it's not only becoz of the increasing price, but the truth is---the whole world is facing the danger of food scarcity! Pollution and global warming, changes of world climates and growing number of major casualties---crop desctruction...bla...bla...(people so worry about oil price, they start concentrating on developing alternative fuel--biodiesel, n forgot to plant edible crop. then economic recession?...then of coz more serious problem will emerge, sooner or later. how about health? and poverty? life's going to be so much harder for the poor. yang miskin tambah miskin lah. nowadays---no matter who's the leader---it surely needs greater leadership skill and wisdom to rule the nation. after all these days everything seemed fine, i think there's no harm if we keep the level of tolerance on some sensitive issues.

I am more worry about the future.How's our next generation's life going to be?

seweng said...

errr...marah ke...

yeah btul tu gis...diorg sibuk2 cari salah org sana sini,ada yg mo jd pm,pdhal blm pun pm,kerusi pun tda!

heran manusia...sbb kuasa,mcm2 bole jadi!pathetic!!!

its true,mcmana kita pny anak cucu cicit nanti ah...btul la Allah bilang...d ujung zaman sdh kita ni...

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