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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Where would Umno be without the Malays? – Sakmongkol AK47

By Datuk Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz | TMI

Where would Umno be without the Malays and the people? Najib Razak is a poor imitator and a poor student of history.

Many many years ago, President Kennedy asked the rhetorical question — ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. This particular passage has been criticised because it contradicted much that was said in the stirring speech. The speech, by the way, is a classic, not worthy to be estimated by a lowly person such as I.

It contradicts the very idea of freedom which the speech wanted to convey. Neither half of the passage reflects the idea of the freeman, freedom and liberty.

Ask not what your country can do for you suggests that the country, and by extension, the government, is your overlord, the one whose generosity one depends on. The other half of the passage, ask what you can do to the country, suggests that you are the slave to the overlord, consigned forever to toil and to owe absolute loyalty to the country and by extension to the government that rules the country.

It contradicts the idea that man alone has in his mortal hands the power to do good and also to destroy which Kennedy said earlier in the speech.

Najib on the other hand doesn’t have the intellectual breadth of Kennedy. He was able only to say: where would the Malays be without Umno. It means the same to the Malays, that Umno is the supreme overlord, whose generosity the Malays depend on and whose absolute obedience is owned by. Umno is your master, and you, Umno slaves.

The right question, Mr Prime Minister, should be: where would Umno be, without the Malays? Without Malay support, Umno is doomed.

Do we see Malays lying dead in Kelantan where Umno remains defeated for so long a time? Do we see Malays lying around dead since DAP took over Penang? And do we see dead Malays on the streets in Selangor ever since PR governed it? We saw better and more honest government in these states which we didn’t see during Umno rule. Things can only get better without Umno for the Malays.

Why? Because in replacement of Umno, we have governments that rule on the basis of the principles of the rule of law, on the principles of good governance and on the principles of responsibility and accountability. What does Umno represent? It represents absolute discretion, it represents corruption and abuse of power and it represents total abandonment of responsibility and accountability.

I have said it many times. Let me try to put it simpler and clearer. There are 18 million Malays in Malaysia. There are 3.4 million Umno members. In other words, 1 out of 6 Malays is an Umno member. Suppose the 1 Umno Malay were to drop dead, will the other Malays also drop dead?

The answer is, if the Umno Malay dies, the 5 others continue living. To answer Najib in a simple manner understandable by the Umno JKKK delegates: if Umno dies, the Malays will continue living. Will the people of Pekan die if Najib were not the PM?

Where are the Umno windbags when Zaid Ibrahim answered Najib? And we know, during Zaid’s short stint as a minister in Pak Lah’s government, Najib disliked him because Zaid has the mind of an independent gadfly who Najib cannot dominate. Why should any democrat submit to feudal Najib anyway?

Zaid has written an article with similar message that I have written many times. The destiny and future of Malays are not dependent on Umno. Their future and destiny lies in the own mortal hands.

We who oppose Najib and his Umno must always remind the people that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. I hope Najib doesn’t think that God is an Umno member! We must never permit the slow undoing of those human rights which Umno is doing.

The mass of the Malays are poor. The bottom 40% earn a monthly income of RM1,300 while the top 20% Malays earn RM10,666 a month. Since 1970, the top 20% Malays have always controlled and captured 52% of the income while the bottom feeders, the bulk of the sad class, share 12% of the income.

To borrow some passages in Kennedy’s speech, to those peoples in the huts and villages across our country struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

Najib simply doesn’t get it. He gets and understands only to heap praises and offer self-congratulatory and self-serving dictates supporting a feudal overlord and his consort.

The Umno people can’t respond to what Zaid said, because they simply can’t. The only thing coming out from their mouths are material that are supposed to come out from their rear end. That’s the value of what were said at length in the recent Umno PAU-wow.

Let’s see if any Umno member can engage Zaid sensibly. Chances are, they will come out with the usual vitriol and venom that are thrown at people who will not subscribe to the fascist thinking of Umno. -, December 10, 2013.

Sakmongkol AK47 is the nom de guerre of Raub MP Datuk Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz.

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