Where do we go from here? The current system of representative voting is already not favorable to the ordinary rank-and-file members of UMNO, and yet we would see the possibility of another no-contest directive from the top.
See, the current UMNO system of voting is based on individuals choosing one individual who would later choose another individual and it goes on and on until a select group of individuals, purportedly representing the views of the 1st group of individuals, choose the leader for everyone.
The system could already be manipulated, as I could be voting for a Ketua Cawangan whom I believe would then elect a Ketua Bahagian whom I hope will then elect someone I want to see as the President of UMNO and yet along the way the person I voted for could support someone else who doesn't support my choice as President.
It's all a bit confusing, I know. But the point is very simple: the grass root won't know who chose whom even at the Division level. So we might be comfortable thinking that our Branch Chief would be voting for A, when in fact his vote has changed to B for the post of Division Chief. We would be powerless, because we wouldn't know!
Well, you can see how this might translate when the Persidangan UMNO proper begins later this year. Frankly, we have absolutely no say. We can change all our Ketua Cawangans, if this is our wish, and yet they might still change their minds and vote for the same Ketua Bahagian.
This is all just a pointless discussion, because if MKT UMNO decides that there should be no contest for the top 2 posts, then you'll see almost no changes from top to bottom. In other words, your votes in the PRU 12, that 47% who voted against BN (let's no kid ourselves - it was against UMNO & Pak Lah), will not get your wish after all for UMNO to change itself.
I have nothing against my leader personally, but I view competence above and beyond good manners and friendly disposition. What about you?
Another Year Goes By
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's longest serving Prime Minister, celebrates his 83rd birthday today (although officially, the record shows his date of birth as 20th December).
Selamat hari jadi Tun. Semoga dimurahkan rezeki, dipanjangkan umur, dan diberkati Allah S.W.T.
Despite the criticisms, I was proud of our achievements when you were the Prime Minister, that much I can say.