Tok Pa’s departure from UMNO a clear sign that Zahid Hamidi must go

TTF: Dato’ Seri Mustapa Mohamed has resigned from UMNO.

Now, what concerns me most is the statements he made today, regarding the party having lost its direction and lacking a will to rejuvenate.

At least, that’s what I took his statements to mean in a manner of abstraction.

If indeed that’s what he meant, he made absolute sense.

UMNO leaders, the bulk of them, are more concerned about mileage, positions and expediency to worry about the future of the party or the Malays.

They’re too busy shining their stars by riding on the predicament the party is in.

As a matter of fact, it is they, not Pakatan Harapan, who brought about the collapse of Barisan Nasional during the 14th general election.

It is because of their egotistical whims and fancies that Mahathir found it easy to manipulate the voter conscience in the lead up to the general election.

It’s kind of like looking into a monkey cage, where one monkey is busy pulling another monkey’s tail as the other monkey tries to climb its way out of the cage.

At the end of the day, they’re all in a blo*dy cage.

Pakatan leaders are probably looking at the cage, laughing and tipping their glasses in sheer amusement.

The egotistical barrier that surrounds these leaders is so thick, they’re completely oblivious to the realities abound and are simply grappling in the dark, stepping over one another.

They haven’t the faintest idea what it takes to rejuvenate the party and long lost their ability to resonate with the people.

Basically, these guys no longer have their fingers on the pulse of the nation.

The only one I see who has his finger where it should be is none other than Najib, the son of Razak.

As long as UMNO is led by Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the party is as good as gone and may as well close shop.

When Tok Pa said that UMNO would find it difficult to repair the “trust deficit” it is suffering, he was spot on.

I couldn’t care less whose side Tok Pa is on.

When someone speaks the truth, we say he speaks the truth.

It is my contention that Zahid Hamidi should resign as UMNO president by hook or by crook if indeed UMNO leaders are truly objective and intent on rejuvenating the party.

Otherwise, we may as well consider UMNO dead and gone and go about our separate ways!

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has bade farewell to Umno after spending more than 40 years in the party.

In a statement, the Jeli member of parliament said he believes that Umno’s direction and his political principles are no longer aligned, hence his decision to quit the party.

He said he is also unconvinced that Umno’s rejuvenation process has begun.

Mustapa, who was Kelantan Umno liaison commitee chairman, said he, like many others, had after the 14th general election, observed the Malaysian political landscape, Umno’s and Barisan Nasional’s direction as well as the future of the country.

He said, based on several latest developments, it would be difficult to repair the “trust deficit” and the party’s image. There are no signs, he said, that the majority of the multi-racial community would return to the party’s struggle.

“To remain relevant in today’s national political dynamic, Umno, as the main thrust of Barisan Nasional, cannot depend solely on the support of the Malays and the Bumiputera.

“In principle, my stand is that Umno should become a party that is inclusive, moderate and centrist. Umno must continue to champion the interests if the Bumiputera and Islam yet never once disregarding the interests of other races and religions. I believe that this is the best way to build a framework of a diverse Malaysia.

“But in my view, the direction taken by Umno now is no longer in line with my political principles. I’m also unconvinced that the party’s rejuvenation process has begun.

“Based on this, after a lot of thinking, I have decided to resign as an Umno member, after more than 40 years of serving the party,” he said.

Mustapa thanked his friends from Jeli, Kelantan and nationwide who had helped him during his term with Umno.

“I pray that this country will remain peaceful, prosperous and respected on the international stage. May this new chapter in Malaysia lead to a mature and inclusive political culture, apart from placing integrity in administration as a priority.

“It is time that all parties, regardless of political leaning, find a common ground for the sake of the people. In Allah we trust,” he said.

Source: NST Online