THE THIRD FORCE
SHAH ALAM: Kelantan UMNO heavyweight Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah claimed today that it was “illogical” for Umno, which has more MPs, to crawl to PAS for help.
A report by The Malaysian Insight (see below) quoted the Kelantan Prince, fondly known as Ku Li, as saying that Umno should not be looking for a tie-up with the Islamic party but work towards strengthening itself.
In response to the article, a couple of minutes ago, I wrote an article titled “Ku Li, you’re wrong. An UMNO-PAS tie up will prove UMNO is sensible.”
The article has since been removed.
I see where Ku Li is coming from now, and would like to extend my deepest apologies to the Kelantan Prince.
Ku Li is completely right.
An UMNO-PAS tie up is a secondary matter.
For the immediate moment, UMNO must work towards strengthening itself first and prove that it’s worth its salt.
Only then can it discuss whether or not to tie up with PAS.
UMNO has yet to demonstrate its willingness under the current leadership to emerge as a defender of the Malays.
It needs to redefine its identity and to fortify its bases against the enemies of the race and religion before thinking about working with others.
The current leadership has failed miserably in this department and was somewhat influenced by PPBM.
Certain quarters even opted to tie up with the Pakatan Harapan party, which, prior to the 14th general election, clearly demonstrated its willingness to split the Malays and the Muslims and to consort with the enemies of Islam just to gain control of the nation and its coffers.
In essence, not only is the UMNO leadership weak, Members of Parliament (MPs) from the party have even been influenced by the leadership to abandon ship on the pretext that if they did not do so, they would be victimised by Dr Mahathir Mohamad for championing Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, the man the Prime Minister is tormenting.
This goes against the core essence of Islam, in that the leadership has knowingly or unknowingly instilled deep anti-Quranic values into the party edifice in a manner that has prompted some MPs to consider betraying Najib out of fear and to save their skins.
Effectively, not only has that weakened UMNO, it has demonstrated to the Malays that the party comprises cowards who aren’t even able to stand up against injustice, let alone the enemies of Islam.
It is for this reason, above all, that the party is at risk of crumbling.
How would one expect Malays to believe that UMNO is there for them when it isn’t even there for Najib?
Even Allah Himself sent the Prophet Moses to invite the Pharaoh, Haman, and their people to monotheism and to seek protection of the Israelites.
Did the UMNO leadership invite Mahathir towards the path of truth and justice and seek protection of Najib, the very Najib the party previously defended and insisted was innocent?
UMNO has lost its moral compass and needs to work hard to regain the trust of the Malays.
The first step in that direction is for the party to change its leadership, demolish its egotistical barricades and understand that it’s core mission is to defend the rights of the Malays and those oppressed in accordance with the principles of Islam.