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Matangkah demokrasi dalam UMNO?? Mac 26, 2009

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Seperti biasa, saya menghabiskan hari ini dengan membaca laman The Malaysian Insider dan menemui artikel ini:-

Troubled days ahead for Umno Youth

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — It was to have been a glorious start for Umno Youth as their new chief was crowned. But an ugly incident of in-fighting initiated by unhappy supporters of one candidate exposed cracks within the wing that point to a more serious illness within the party.

The drama began slightly after 11pm last night as the results for the wing was announced. It was the last of the three movements under Umno to be read out, delayed by recount after recount for the top post.

A quarter after 11pm, the crowd at and around the podium block, where a giant screen was set up to broadcast live the proceedings from inside the conference hall, had swelled tremendously. Bodies pressed tight against each other for a better view. Even some of the escalators had been halted.

The crowd went wild with cheering, clapping and drumming on any hard surface they could touch, including the notice boards at the surrounding booths every time the master of ceremonies pronounced the winners for the various posts.

And then came the moment everyone was waiting for — the pronouncement of the new Youth chief. It had been an intense fight all the way and it was anybody’s pick of which of the three, Khairy (affectionately known as “KJ” to his admirers), ex-Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo, or the one who had led in nominations, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.

The tension was palpable.

Khairy MenangWhen the MC called out Khairy’s name, the crowd went wilder. The dam burst. His supporters were raucously yelling “KJ! KJ! KJ!” repeatedly while pumping their fists in the air.

All of a sudden from the sidelines, several groups started chanting “Rasuah! Rasuah! Rasuah!”

Believed to be the disenchanted cheerleaders of Mukhriz, they quickly surged from all directions towards one corner of the hall to confront the Khairy faction.

From above, the entire floor looked like a fight between two colonies of fire ants.

The two factions surged towards each other. There was lots of pushing and shoving and more accusations of bribery flung at each other in strident voices.

No punches were thrown … yet. But it looked as if it could possibly end in bloody noses and black eyes if the clash continued.

It took another quarter of an hour for the uniformed police to move in and break up the battle between both camps.

It seemed an uphill task. As police attempted to restore order, more of Khairy’s jeerleaders joined the fray, adding fuel to fire.

Mukhriz’s side began hurling a litany of accusations at Khairy, calling him a “Cheat!” and of carrying out a “bribery campaign” even as Khairy’s victory speech continued in the background, broadcast through the giant screen.

It took a long while but finally the police appeared to have muscled order back on the scene. At least three men were escorted out. But the atmosphere inside the concourse remained painfully tense.

Another few teams of police moved in on the scene and linked arms to form a human barricade at the escalators and outside the conference hall to stem the tide of anger.

Unknown to the rest, Mukhriz was taking his leave at the porch outside the Merdeka Hall, surrounded by tearful supporters.

He was observed to be consoling his campaigners, many who were openly and unashamedly weeping while he remained dry-eyed with a small, sad smile tipping the corners of his mouth upwards. Mukhriz’s men were loathe to let him go and burst into shouts of “Long live Mukhriz!”

But he left, finally.

On the sideline, a red-eyed man in songkok, the Umno white baju Melayu and checquered sarong pelikat, was overheard exclaiming: “This is the end. We’re going to lose all three by-elections.”

No doubt the anonymous man was referring to the upcoming by-elections in the two Bukits and one Batang. Perhaps it was a spur-of-the-moment exclamation, an outburst of overwrought emotions, but such thoughts said aloud do not spell a bright future for the wing at such a vulnerable time.

A couple of hours later, as the last of the workers exited the Putra World Trade Centre, a woman campaigner remarked to her companion: “The opposition media were here. It’s so shameful!”

Memang, buat malu sahaja!

Nampaknya telah bermula perpecahan di dalam UMNO di mana selepas ini kita akan dapat melihat jentera Pemuda mereka akan goyah, gara-gara ketidakpuasan hati selepas pemilihan ketua Pemuda UMNO. Ini akan menjadi satu malapetaka besar untuk UMNO di tiga pilihan raya kecil nanti, iaitu di Bukit Selambau, Bukit Gantang dan Batang Ai.

Saya sudah menjangkakan perkara ini akan berlaku selepas Perhimpunan Agung UMNO. Akan ada yang tidak berpuas hati dengan kelompok lain, dan mereka tidak dapat bekerja bersama-sama untuk memastikan kemenangan BN dalam ketiga-tiga pilihan raya kecil ini. Justeru itu, pihak PR pastinya akan menggunakan kesempatan ini sebaiknya untuk memenangkan calon mereka.

Kita lihatlah pula malam ini selepas pengumuman pemenang jawatan Timbalan Presiden, Naib Presiden, dan Ahli Majlis Tertinggi. Pasti pertelagahan ini akan berterusan dan merencatkan UMNO dalam mengadapi hari-hari mendatang. Inilah akibatnya daripada pertandingan yang disulami politik wang dan penipuan, serta tindakan yang berat sebelah daripada pihak urusetia pemilihan.

Soalan saya, mampukah UMNO menjadi tunjang kepada umat Melayu dengan perselisihan sebegini rupa? Bagaimana Najib Razak mahu meyakinkan orang-orang Melayu dan seluruh rakyat Malaysia amnya untuk menyokong BN? Jawapannya TIDAK. UMNO jika berterusan sebegini, akan sepi dari minat masyarakat Malaysia.

Baca satu lagi laporan:-

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Dr M absent from Umno meet

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — It was to be Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s triumphant presence at Umno 2008 to see his successor’s departure but the ex-party multi-hyphenate did not turn up.

The former party president and member was invited as an observer but his press secretary Sufi Yusoff confirmed he would not be present today.

There was no reason although it was learnt he could be at another event.

Some speculated he did not turn up as his youngest son Datuk Mukhriz lost and came out last in the Umno Youth chief race yesterday.

Dr Mahathir had asked Umno delegates not to vote in corrupt leaders and had branded Mukhriz rivals as such.

The new Umno Youth chief is Khairy Jamaluddin, son-in-law to outgoing president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi whom Dr Mahathir has campaigned to oust.

Ini pasti kes kecewa dengan kekalahan anaknya dalam pemilihan ketua Pemuda. Malahan, orang yang paling tidak digemari beliau (dan mungkin ramai lagi rakyat Malaysia) memenangi pemilihan tersebut.

Selepas ini, kita nantikan pula ulasan dan tindakan seterusnya dari Tun Mahathir untuk menghadapi kekecewaan ini. Jika Muhammad Taib menang malam ini, pasti kekecewaan itu akan terus berlarutan kerana Muhyiddin Yassin rapat dengan Mahathir.

Saya berharap agar UMNO menjadi sebuah parti yang matang, jika ingin menarik sokongan anak muda seperti saya. Amat jelik melihat perlakuan seperti bergaduh, dalam satu parti pulak tu. UMNO sudah 63 tahun usianya, seharusnya menjadi teladan kepada parti-parti pembangkang. Namun, sebaliknya yang berlaku, dan pertelagahan terus tidak berhenti.

Jadi saya cadangkan UMNO belajarlah dari parti PAS dalam menjalankan pemilihan parti.

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