Monday, December 05, 2011

The UMNO General Assembly 2011


People called me and asked when will I come up with part two in the article where I wrote about Anwar jumping up and down at the place gates. Where he does a Sivaji the Boss routine and maybe sang a few Hindi songs. I ended that article by suggesting, it’s Tengku Razaleigh who will become the pace setter and the play-maker. That will have to wait a little while more as I analyzed a few things more.

At the moment I am more interested to write about the recently concluded UMNO GA2011. Some people thought I treated the GA as a nonevent. Of course it wasn’t. It wasn’t a congregation of minds meeting to discuss how the real Malay agenda of uplifting them, their economics, and their future are being discussed. It wasn’t that event. It was just an event allowing mediocre and uncultured minds to let out their own frustrations and sense of absolute fear. UMNO fears for its future. It was speaking about the UMNO agenda. Not Malay agenda.

For those reasons- we must do the exact opposite. Deny these so called Malay leaders a chance to concentrate power. Its power which they shall apply to the misfortune of the majority of Malays and to the misfortune of this country. Give us power bellowed Najib because we want to continue with the agenda? Why wasn’t the agenda, whatever it is, debated in that GA? Give us power intoned KJ so that the nikmat or tidings we enjoy with having power is kept. Nikmat to do what? To pillage and plunder?

Instead it’s an event of love fest and blood fest. This delegate loves Najib. That delegate says more about how Najib is the savior and all that. The agenda of the GA was actually to whip delegates into frenzy about how to defend UMNO and defend the life as the leaders and UMNO warlords have always known. It’s the life of the leeching aristocrat feeding off the fears and hopes of the silent Malay majority. It’s a life of living a lie pretending to fight for the interests of the majority and the interests of the nation.

When KJ said that we have to defend UMNO because of tidings ( nikmat) that comes along with having power- that’s the real weltanschauung of UMNO. That’s its real raison-detre. UMNO exists to secure power so that through power they can do all the bad- corruption, pillage and plunder of the nation’s wealth. As far as the Malay agenda is concerned, yes, the GA2011 is a non-event. It wasn’t worth my mental effort to exert.

Let me ask you why the real big issues are not and never discussed? Why do UMNO leaders have this self-conceited idea that it is when we, good people like ourselves hold power we can do more good that those evil in DAP, PAS and PKR and whoever else.

The answer to this seeming paradox is this. I find it a pleasure repeating the seminal ideals of Milton Friedman in his preface to Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. In the passages which I marked with highlighter:-

“It is tempting to believe that social evils arise from the activities of evil men ( UMNO has already identified these evil people) and that if only good men( like ourselves, naturally) wielded power all would be well”.

That describes very well those UMNO delegates recently. This view is fallacious.

“That view requires only emotion and self-praise-(that’s the orgy of love-fest in the UMNO-GA) – easy to come by and satisfying as well. To understand why it is good men in positions of power will produce evil while the ordinary men without power but able to engage in voluntary cooperation with his neighbors will produce good, requires analysis and thought, subordinating the emotions to the rational faculty.

The argument for collectivism (read concentration of power as demanded by UMNO President and his cohorts) is simple and false. It is an immediate emotional argument. The argument for individualism ( read emancipation of the people especially Malays) is subtle and sophisticated; it’s an indirect rational argument.

I didn’t write about it while the GA was going on. The point is I write when I have something to say about it. I am not a journalist trained in giving run up by the moment takes on events. I have to think it through, being a little slow. You want to read trash or you want to read something that sets you thinking? You want coffee shop chatter, please visit other blogs.

Let me ask you this question. How does UMNO sustain itself? You get the answer if you analyzed what just went on during the UMNO General Assembly 2011. UMNO gets on by making Malays believed that they being besieged attacked, assaulted and victimized. That’s how UMNO can survive. How does it do that?
By fabricating lies and manufacturing stories. The Chinese are going to eat you up. The Chinese are going to Christianize you. They are going to wipe out the sultans, ban use of Bahasa Malaysia, and abolish Jawi and so forh. You feed on people’s irrational fear. You want to maintain stupid and mute people.

Can you sustain whole people like that? - turning people into xenophobes? I say this, this is a recipe for destroying Malays, not cultivating them to become self-confident people. What kind of political party and government by extension, that keeps its people on a leash and drumming into them a debilitating dependent mindset? I say this is a party not interested in cultivating people.

About the Author:
Sakmongkol AK47 is the nom de plume of this blogger. His name is Dato' Mohd.Ariff Sabri bin Hj. Abdul Aziz. He was ADUN of Pulau Manis, Pekan.( 2004-2008) From 2000-2004, he was Ketua Penerangan UMNO Bahagian Pekan, under Dato Sri Najib. Studied Economics at University Malaya and University of Manchester(Owens). Sakmongkol was a legendary Muay Thai fighter. AK 47 is the Russian made firearm. He can be reached at the following e mail:

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