Hornbill Unleashed

November 30, 2016

As AGM kicks off, Umno told to prepare for GE14

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak tells Umno to prepare for the 14th general elections. ― Reuters picNajib Razak has blown the “war horn” for the party to get ready for the 14th General Elections.

Party leaders who attended the closed-door presidential briefing of this year’s Umno annual general assembly said Najib had instructed the party machinery to begin the groundwork immediately.

“He told us to be prepared. He wanted us to make early preparations for the general election.

“We don’t know when but the war horn had been blown for Umno to be ready for the polls,” Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters after attending the briefing at Putra World Trade Centre here.

“There were a few issues that he shared with us, which makes us understand what his position and what he had done as president.

“But what is clear is that the signal for us to be prepared at all times so we can continue to serve our race, religion and country,” party information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa told reporters.

Annuar added that while Najib did not indicate when the national polls will be held, his message indicated that it could be near.

“He did say generally that as a party, it must be ready as elections might be called soon”.

Analysts polled recently by Malay Mail Online said this year’s Umno general assembly will likely see more pro-Malay rhetoric from both delegates and leaders in an bid to defuse any political threat from the splinter Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

They believe PPBM, the new Malay outfit chaired by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has the potential to menace Umno in the next general election.

Najib had also said in an interview with a mainstream paper that Umno should not treat lightly the threat posed by PPBM.

Pundits have predicted that Najib could call for elections as early as March next year but his Barisan Nasional government has until June 2018 to complete a full term.


Source : SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID AND KAMLES KUMAR@The Malay Mail Online


17 Comments »

  1. Once again, race and religion dominated the recent United Malays National Organisation (Umno) General Assembly last week, as did the Malaysian ruling party’s feudal political culture. Key party leaders extolled the importance of loyalty to the Prime Minister, as a way to fight off various threats to the Malay race and Islam.

    Umno runs on a patronage system where its politicians are feudal lords dispensing favours to their local communities, in this case, the Malays. In return, the Malays are expected to be loyal to the party and support them politically.

    The concept of being grateful is deeply ingrained within the Malay psyche, which means that any favour done for person must never be forgotten and must be repaid in the future.

    The logic of this argument is that Malays have the moral responsibility to support Umno as a sign of gratitude for its defence of the community against threats posed by non-Malays, namely the Chinese.

    In his opening speech to the party assembly last Thursday, Prime Minister Najib Razak reiterated the importance of loyalty at least 18 times.

    Mr Najib is mired in a financial scandal related to the 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) state development fund and has sacked those within Umno who have raised questions about 1MDB. Those detractors have since joined former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad — himself a vocal critic of Mr Najib and 1MDB — to start a new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

    That party is likely to join hands with the opposition in the 14th General Election, due by mid-2018.

    Mr Najib reminded party members that it was Umno that has transformed the country’s economy, that it was under his leadership that Malaysia secured major investment deals and that he was himself loyal to Dr Mahathir, whom he now describes as Umno’s greatest betrayer.

    In essence, Mr Najib made it clear that dissent will not be tolerated, and loyalty will be rewarded.

    He also invoked Islam on numerous occasions during the meeting and spoke favourably of proposed amendments to Article 355 of the Malaysian Constitution, which will see an expansion of the role of Syariah courts in the country and facilitate the implementation of Islamic criminal laws in Kelantan, ruled by the opposition Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS). These amendments are opposed by Umno’s coalition partners such as the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).

    Umno Vice-President Hishammuddin Hussein said cooperation with PAS is based on a mutual understanding of an “Islamic agenda”. The employment of Islam as a political tool has become a worrying trend within Umno.

    In fact, the term “al-wala” was invoked to explain the importance of loyalty. The concept of al-wala, translated from Arabic as loyalty, focuses on enhancing the solidarity among the individuals of a specific group in line with specific tenets; in this case, it is the solidarity of Muslim Malays in line with the principles of Islamic governance.

    This concept, which Mr Najib mentioned in his speech several times, has recently been associated with puritanical and violent extremist movements such as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.

    The Umno leadership is utilising Islam to reinforce feudal politics. Mr Najib specifically mentioned that “true” wala (loyalty), a central norm in the Malay world and culture, is given to the institution of the president or the prime minister.

    This is a clear case of the party leader playing to the gallery of a religiously conservative Umno membership that supports a more significant role for Islam within the political system.

    Another theme throughout Mr Najib’s speech was race, specifically unity of the Malay race and the importance of championing marginalised Malays.

    In addition to historical references to the peripheral role Malays played in both the colonial and post-colonial state, Mr Najib sketched out the central features of Malay-ness, most prominent of which were loyalty and perseverance. In other words, be loyal to the leader, win the next election and save the Malay race.

    In his speech, Mr Najib also urged Umno unity and loyalty in the face of alleged threats from the Chinese-based opposition Democratic Action Party.

    According to the Prime Minister, “the Malays and Bumiputra and all Malaysians are facing one of the most critical crossroads” because if the country falls into the hands of the DAP, then “the rights and the privileges championed and defended by Umno … will become extinct and disappear”.

    Mr Najib’s emphatic notes on race also represent a reaction to Bersatu, the new party backed by Dr Mahathir. The fact that Bersatu is led by former top leaders of Umno and advocates a similar political agenda could make it an appealing alternative for discontented Umno members.

    With such threats to Mr Najib from within and without, the Umno General Assembly provided him with the perfect platform from which to call for unconditional loyalty, further reinforcing Umno’s feudal political culture legitimised by Islamic and Malay nationalist themes.

    In addition to its Malay-centred raison d’etre, Bersatu’s strong anti-corruption stance is a strong motivation for Umno members to slide towards Dr Mahatir. Yet, the way Mr Najib has been able to not let the 1MDB episode affect his politician position stands testimony of the support Umno members have for him and reflects the importance of the patronage system within the party.

    In light of this, it is likely his strategic calls for Islamic righteousness and Malay unity will be successful in securing substantial backing from within Umno for his continuing leadership of the party.

    http://www.todayonline.com/commentary/najib-plays-usual-cards-secure-continued-loyalty

    Comment by Samarinda — December 8, 2016 @ 10:14 AM | Reply

  2. Dr M has realised his past mistakes and is sincerely contrite about it. He is atoning for his past sins.

    Let’s try not to be too judgmental. He is a senior citizen and an elder statesman with not many more years to live.

    Dr M deserves a second chance, just like all of us. We should grant him at least the benefit of the doubt – that he can still help to correct the many wrongs in our beloved country.

    Comment by Samarinda — December 6, 2016 @ 10:32 AM | Reply

  3. Najib is extremely worried, not because of DAP, but his own political demise and probably imprisonment, and will use his Grand Master spinning skills to hoodwink the delegates.

    While the Chinese in Malaysia are getting more and more united, the Malays under his leadership have been split asunder. Never in the history of Malaysia have the Malays been so divided. Even Perkasa has plans to field its own candidates in the next GE.

    Perhaps we should thank Najib. Without his poor leadership, the Malays would not be divided. Without his scandals, we will not be able to know how corrupted Umno has become, and without his mastery at spinning, we would not have known that Umno has degenerated.

    Comment by Arnold — December 5, 2016 @ 9:29 AM | Reply

  4. If you really and sincerely want to solve the rakyat’s problems and not only your dumb, deaf and mute UMNO problems, please lah Najib be a good gentleman to step down and let others take over. They are better educated, non-corrupters, they won’t steal people’s money and amass wealth. They know how to lead the nation in a much, much, much better way. Enough is Enough Najib please go.

    Comment by mohan — December 4, 2016 @ 3:47 PM | Reply

    • Ahmad Maslan – Strategi UMNO dah keluar

      Comment by Samarinda — December 7, 2016 @ 10:15 AM | Reply

  5. GARIS PERLAWANAN MENUJU PRU-14: Antara Ketakutan vs Harapan, Politik Perkauman vs Kebangkitan 99%

    Pilihan Raya Umum yang akan datang bakal menyaksikan pertarungan sengit antara UMNO dan pembangkang: UMNO yang akan menggunakan senjata perkauman bagi mewujudkan ketakutan dikalangan pengundi manakala pembangkang dengan tema ‘harapan baru’ untuk masa hadapan negara, mewakili aspirasi 99% rakyat terbayak di Malaysia.
    Mencermati intipati ucapan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Najib Razak dalam Perhimpunan Agung UMNO (PAU), terdapat 3 tema yang mereka ketengahkan:
    • Pertama, wala’ (kesetiaan) kepada Presiden UMNO dan Perdana Menteri adalah perkara terpenting mengatasi segalanya. Dengan kata lain, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal adalah pengkhianat parti.
    • Kedua, Pilihan Raya Umum akan datang adalah tentang membuat pilihan antara kerajaan yang bakal diterajui oleh UMNO atau DAP. Dalam hal ini, UMNO akan bermati-matian menentang DAP bagi mempertahankan orang Melayu.
    • Ketiga, PAS adalah rakan UMNO.
    Skrip ini tidaklah terlalu sukar difahami. Najib menyemai rasa takut dikalangan rakyat terhadap DAP dan bukan Malayu untuk menyeru ahli-ahli UMNO berjuang bersama beliau sepertimana ungkapan yang dilaungkan dalam PAU; “kami berjanji akan berjuang bermati-matian hingga ke titisan darah yang terakhir, biarpun nyawa kami ditukar ganti!”
    Namun, Najib terus mengelak dari menyentuh empat isu kritikal sedang melanda negara dan menjerut rakyat: GST, 1MDB, kejatuhan nilai matawang ringgit dan peningkatan kos sara hidup.
    Apabila pendapatan rakyat tidak meningkat, GST akan memberi kesan terhadap pendapatan bolehguna mereka. Skandal 1MDB pula menghakis keyakinan luar terhadap ekonomi Malaysia dan institusi-institusinya, bahkan turut memberi kesan terhadap nilai tukaran matawang. Peningkatan kos sara hidup pula antaranya berpunca dari penarikan subsidi, kejatuhan ringgit dan perlaksanaan cukai GST.
    Apabila pendapatan bolehguna rakyat menguncup, keyakinan mereka untuk berbelanja turut sama menguncup. Ini memberi kesan negatif kepada perniagaan/bisnes. Sekiranya keadaan ini berlarutan, tidak mustahil Malaysia bakal berhadapan krisis lebih parah yang sukar dipulihkan lagi.
    Rakyat Malaysia terbanyak – iaitu kelompok 99% – adalah kelompok yang bakal menerima kesan langsung dari kelemahan urustadbir ekonomi dan pentadbiran negara pimpinan Perdana Menteri Najib. Pun begitu, beliau hingga kini masih terus membisu. Lebih dari itu, beliau memainkan sentimen perkauman sempit sebagai senjata bagi mengekalkan survival kuasanya.
    Kita tidak perlu terkejut, bahkan kita mesti bersiap sedia dengan kemungkinan lebih buruk lagi. Agenda perkauman sempit ini bakal dimainkan oleh kerajaan Najib menuju hari-hari mendatang menjelang pilihan raya.
    Kepada seluruh rakyat yang tidak mahu Malaysia terus dicengkam oleh kleptokrat Najib, termasuklah ahli-ahli UMNO yang tidak bersetuju dengan Najib, kita perlu bergerak dari sekarang untuk memastikan pilihan raya yang akan datang adalah bebas dari muslihat agenda perkauman sempit ini.
    Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 bukan perlawanan untuk memilih kerajaan yang bakal diterajui UMNO atau DAP, jauh sekali perlawanan antara Melayu dan Cina, TETAPI perlawanan sebenar adalah antara minoriti 1% Najib dan kroninya dengan 99% rakyat Malaysia yang mengimpikan masa hadapan negara yang lebih cerah.
    Demi menyelamatkan negara, demi generasi masa hadapan, demi melawan ketakutan untuk Malaysia yang lebih gagah, tiada pilihan lain melainkan kita – kelompok 99% – perlu bangkit segera!

    Comment by Samarinda — December 3, 2016 @ 2:33 PM | Reply

  6. Najib has ran out of reason to convince the people to support BN or ultimately UMNO themselves. Hence he is using race and religion and this is very dangerous and harmful to all Malaysian. I hope the Malaysian can think wisely.

    Najib said ratings to our economy are still good.
    But ask yourself if the falling ringgit not affecting your purchasing power?

    Comment by Hanim — December 2, 2016 @ 3:36 PM | Reply

  7. UMNO malays need an enemy to live on. Everyone out there is your enemy: jews, americans, indians, thais, chinese, singaporeans….It is as though the whole world is going against you.

    Comment by Hanim — December 2, 2016 @ 2:42 PM | Reply

  8. Najib is holding on to power at all costs, as his failure will lead to his personal disaster. This sad but it is true. He will use his political skill to retain his position. There was look of dismay and confusion among somne of the senior members in the UMNO GA. When he can sack a duly elected deputy leader and vice president of UMNO and still come out unfazed, his political skills are unnerving. Nobody within UMNO dares to question him. Having a tainted leader of the influential Wanita, his support from this Wing is indisputeable. But all this is within UMNO. Do the Rakyat trust a PM, who has not explained the 1MDB fiasco with a loss of RM42 billion and causing the plunge of the Ringgit? Have the Rakyat absolved Sharizat of the RM250 million loss in the NFC debacle implicating her husband? Or are the delegates afraid to question as their fate could end up like Muhyideen and Afdal or even TDM. Whatever, UMNO is carrying a huge baggage and will loose Malay confidence.

    Comment by lazim — December 2, 2016 @ 12:14 PM | Reply

  9. The National Debt will kill the Malays before the DAP can!
    http://steadyaku-steadyaku-husseinhamid.blogspot.my/2016/12/the-national-debt-will-kill-malays.html?spref=tw&m=1

    A NATION WITH A NATIONAL DEBT OF RM.680,616,742:00 AND RISING.
    Interest per Year
    RM.25,378,691,519
    Interest per Second
    RM.805
    Debt per Citizen
    RM.21,815
    This national debt alone will kill the Malays before the DAP can!

    Comment by Ervin — December 2, 2016 @ 9:53 AM | Reply

  10. Same story at Umno AGM every time: Condemn DAP and condemn the Chinese.

    Sooner or later, when the riches disappear from the country, the Malays will surely awake from their Umno-induced slumber and assured platforms to posture from.

    It is empty vessel noising today, but all will soon realise that they were actually taught a pittance, given and provided a pittance and protected with a pittance.

    Surely if we are a nation that all agreed to ‘Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan’, our Tuhan is not going to let that ‘dark side’ of the nation destroys all those who pray in the light sincerely for the well-being of Malaysia.

    One can guess, things shall get worse before our Tuhan intervenes – this surely cannot be an empty threat, otherwise we have been a nation of liars subscribing and believing in the Rukunegara.

    Comment by Ervin — December 2, 2016 @ 9:36 AM | Reply

  11. Najib is so scared of Mahathir’s Pribumi that he kept bashing Mahathir at Umno assembly?

    Comment by aizat — December 1, 2016 @ 5:30 PM | Reply

  12. From 1969 UMNO has done far more damage to the country than anyone else. Removing English language from state schools, dividing the country down the middle into ‘bumi’ and ‘nons’,taking income from all the county’s oil resources away from Dewan Rakyat,only to mention the major damage. The Malays as the majority community from the 60s there is no need for a political party to protect their interests.It is the other communities that need protection. The resulting Malay political hegemony has done untold damage to the country. Instead of being a first world country we are a pathetic third world state.

    Comment by Ervin — December 1, 2016 @ 5:05 PM | Reply

  13. Tun Mahathir – UMNO Tidak Memperjuangkan Melayu Lagi Tetapi Hanya Najib Razak.

    Comment by Ervin — December 1, 2016 @ 10:52 AM | Reply

  14. Wanita Umbo wants more dedak and positions in GlC.

    Comment by Ervin — December 1, 2016 @ 9:55 AM | Reply

  15. Is the proposed RM3.5 billion new UMNO Baru headquarter funded by part of the the RM55 billion ERL project which every single Malaysians including from Sarawak and Sabah have to pay? We want full transparency and accountability of the inflated RM55 billion ERL project. MACC and IRB must step in to investigate how the new UMNO Baru headquarter will be funded.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — November 30, 2016 @ 6:04 PM | Reply

  16. KUALA LUMPUR: A Wanita Umno delegate has questioned the Government for appointing non-Malays in top positions in government-linked companies (GLCs).

    “When top positions are filled by other races, the effect is that opportunities for contractors, consultants and lawyers are all given to them (their community),” Hamidah Arshad (pic) from the Bagan division said in her debate at the 70th Umno general assembly Wednesday.

    Hamidah said there are other qualified Malay professionals who could have easily filled the positions.

    “GLCs belong to us, but why are we giving them (top positions) away to other races? Who will help our own race? Whose fault is this? It’s ours,” she said.

    http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/11/30/wanita-delegate-why-appoint-non-malays-in-top-positions-in-glcs/

    Comment by almaz — November 30, 2016 @ 4:30 PM | Reply


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