Monday, September 11, 2006

Respect Outcome In Kubang Pasu. Why Should Mahathir Or Honest Umno Members?

Imagine if a thief walks into your house, steals some valuables and while making his exit, is caught by passers-by and handed over to the police. The cops investigate and find that there is no case against the thief and duly inform you. Then your jealous friends and neighbours tell you "accept the outcome of the investigations." What would your reaction be? Mine will be to give a bloody nose to the first sanctimonious fool who said that. Not exactly an accurate illustration of the advice being given to Dr Mahathir and Umno members, but it will suffice.

After the Kubang Pasu con, Umno leaders are out in packs (a description normally reserved for wolves) preaching a similar mantra - respect the outcome and accept in good faith Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s unsuccessful attempt at becoming a divisional delegate to the party’s general assembly in November. Leading the charge is Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Razak who said whatever decision was made by delegates in Kubang Pasu had to be respected. Of course he doesn't say who made the decision for these mentally challenged delegates.

Also giving their 2 sen worth of opinion were a couple of Mentris Besar. Perlis MB Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said there was no need for any speculation after the result. "In any competition, there are bound to be winners as well as losers... such is the fact." My God! What brilliance, what intelligent deduction! This guy should be PM.

Pahang MB Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said party members should consider the events between Dr Mahathir and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi history." The message from the Kubang Pasu division is clear. Let’s forget about the whole episode and move on to see how we can implement the Ninth Malaysia Plan." Basically he doesn't want finger pointing including the 'up yours' type for which he is already history. He may want to forget, but like his much photographed right index finger episode, this con too would not be easily forgotten.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin played it safe by firmly planting a foot in both camps claiming 'mixed feelings.' "To say I am happy, I am not, and to say I am disappointed, that’s not right, too. My respect and adoration for Tun remains but I am sad he made the decision (to contest)." Cheh waah, real diplomat bradder.

Minister Nazri Aziz said the defeat was the grassroots' way of sending a message that no matter how important a person was, he was not bigger than the party. 'The people have sent a signal that they want to move on.' Of course Nazri knows that the people actually have never said any such thing. But hey, who cares? Nazri will keep on talking even till the lembu2 come home. No one pays much serious attention to his blabbering anyway.

Of course there were other minor players, like Azalina Othman who had something or the other to say in the same inconsequential vein, but I won't bother mentioning it here.

The point is, why after what is generally felt as an unfair election process are the protagonists scurrying for cover while asking all and sundry to accept the outcome? Guilty conscience? A very unlikely political trait. Fear of repercussions? You bet! While the ordinary Umno member may feel compelled to keep his peace despite knowing that injustice has been done, the same rule does not apply to Mahathir. You can safely predict that his mind is already working overtime to confront the present situation which he had probably predicted in any case. The leadership surely knows that. Could it be a reason for all this 'accept the outcome' rash of speeches nationwide? Very plausible.

As for us on the sidelines watching the unfolding drama, the best is yet to come.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How to respect a disputed decision. even in general election we can go to court. Here where can mahathir go to? that nazri fellow must be sacked for talking nonsense.

2:41 PM GMT+8  
Blogger toniXe said...

from your analysis, it should be clear that there are more silent supporters of Mahathir than these minority bunch of little children "ball carriers"

9:20 AM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

anonymous, Mahathir will go to the court of world opinion. That's the only route left for him.
tonixe, what is the use of silent supporters when the noisy ones are winning the game?

11:55 AM GMT+8  

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