Since losing their real charismatic, dynamic and innovative captain ‘Bossku’, BN and Umno are on a free fall now from the political ladder!
Once a powerhouse in Malaysian politics, Barisan Nasional (BN), more specifically Umno, has become a lame-duck political entity after yesterday’s regional polls in six states in Peninsular Malaysia.
Umno was the dominant ruling party in the federal government from independence in 1957 until it was knocked off its perch in 2018.
All looked lost then, especially when Umno leaders like former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, current President and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and several others were slapped with a pile of corruption charges.
But BN and Umno regained electoral grounds, albeit temporarily, when the coalition won subsequent state elections in Sabah on 26 September 2020, Melaka on 20 November 2021 and Johor on 19 March 2022.
For a while, it seems BN was back with Najib, the Bossku, steering the ship.
But all hopes collapsed after Najib was imprisoned on 23 August last year over trumped-up false corruption charges related to SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC).
Loss Of Captain
Since losing their real charismatic, dynamic and innovative captain, BN and Umno are on a free fall now from the political ladder.
BN won only 30 parliamentary seats in the last 15th General Election (GE15).
On Saturday, 12 August, Umno could win only 19 out of 108 constituencies it contested in the six state elections held at Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.
Umno, especially, has to do some soul-searching now.
Malay Vote Bank
Previously Umno preferred to pin all blame on its partners – MIC and MCA, for failing to win over non-Malay Muslim votes.
Umno on the other hand would brag that it was still the dominant party among the Malay-Muslim crowd.
Now no longer.
It has lost its ground considerably in the Malay heartland.
Perikatan Nasional (PN) has emerged as the political vehicle for Malays while Pakatan Harapan (PH), BN’s dominant partner in the federal unity government, remains stuck with non-Malay support.
So all those insults hurled at MIC and MCA for no longer being relevant to their respective communities are haunting Umno now.
Umno itself has lost its once guaranteed Malay-Muslim vote bank.
Responsibility & Accountability
Zahid and company must take responsibility and accountability for the trouncing in yesterday’s state elections.
They must act fast or else Umno and BN will be completely wiped out in the next GE16.
Not only Umno and BN, the whole country today needs a strong, dynamic, charismatic and innovative all-Malaysian leader now.
The country needs Najib back to steer the nation and its people from current economic doldrums.
The nation needs Bossku back at the helm to drag out the people from the current muddied racial-religious polarisation.
Current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is definitely not capable of closing the racial-religious divide.
Many may have forgotten that Anwar and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad were primarily responsible for planting seeds of racial-religious polarisation in Malaysia when they were working together in the Umno-BN federal government in the 1980s and 1990s.
Hence Najib is the right man.
Umno should stop being a lame-duck partner in the unity government.
Instead of lazing around in their comfort zone provided by the Putrajaya corridor of power, Umno leaders should step up proactive actions to free Najib from his illegal imprisonment in Kajang.
Once ruling elites, do BN leaders still unashamedly want to play bridesmaids to other coalitions?
Zahid and company should stop giving lip service to the ‘Justice for Bossku Najib’ cause.
Najib’s supporters want proactive actions and, Umno and BN leaders are obliged to deliver.
Rule Of Law
Most sensible Malaysians, who hold dear to the rule of law, know that Najib should be out as a free man while certain judges, a former attorney general and some former directors of 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) and SRC International should be behind bars by now.
But the Malaysian justice system is so defective now, thanks to an octogenarian, that even the Almighty might find it difficult to mend it.
Umno must have its charismatic, dynamic and innovative Bossku back at the helm or else the party will perish in GE16.
Once BN banishes, MIC, MCA and others will flee to jump into the winners’ bandwagon leaving the lone Umno in a political killing field for turkey shoot.
Umno and BN must have Najib back now to steady the sinking ship. Period. — Mediahit
Editor’s Note: Aathi Shankar is a veteran journalist and a reader of New Media Hit. The views expressed in this article are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the management or the editorial board of newmediahit.com.