By Awang Abdillah
In the 2008 general election, Barisan Nasional (BN) won 140 seats compared to 198 in the 2004 polls. Of the 140 seats, Sabah and Sarawak contributed 54 seats, giving the BN coalition a simple majority.
If you do not count Sabah and Sarawak, then Peninsular Malaysia only won 86 seats in the 2008 election.
MIC and Gerakan only managed to retain three and two seats respectively while MCA won a face-saving 15 seats. In the 2004 general election, MCA won 31, MIC took nine and Gerakan 10 seats.
What was obvious is that BN component parties in the Peninsula took a heavy beating in 2008 compared to in 2004.
Umno-BN in the Peninsula was saved by the BN component parties of Sarawak and Sabah.
Since then there is a clear indication that the trend of the Malay voters in Peninsular Malaysia is the growing loss of confidence in Umno-BN.
BN chairman and Umno president Najib Tun Razak is distressed and troubled over the coming 13th general election – the outcome can either make or break Umno for good.
Najib is desperate for answers.
‘Follow my rule, Najib’
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has indicated to him to go back to his (Mahathir’s) political doctrine of the undemocratic, dictatorial rule .
During the 62nd Umno general assembly, Najib, followed by Umno leaders and delegates, called for Umno and Malay political, economic and racial supremacy.
They believed this was achievable through the Mahathir doctrine and unachievable through the practice of the standard democratic and free enterprise rules of competition.
Najib has tried juggling his options before, initially adopting more democratic approaches namely introducing all sorts of political, electoral and economic reforms.
He also introduced “transformation” plans and invested in personal image-boosting campaigns by foreign consultants but with little results because the real leadership with Umno, and national problems are not addressed.
In fact, problems in Umno, among the Malays and national issues, can be solved through the standard democratic and economic measures if aimed at the right targets, namely gross abuses of power and malpractices by the elite in Umno and Sarawak’s Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and the adoption of the good value system .
From the feedbacks and various reports the people, especially the Malays, are not convinced of Najib’s leadership abilities – there are too many things not right about his leadership and the party.
Under such circumstances, if the latest report indicates that Umno would likely lose in the election, he may be left with one option – override all rules of the game.
This means cracking down on the opposition leaders using the available security laws and declaring a state of emergency in accordance with Article 150 of the Federal Constitution to prevent the surrender of the politcal power to his adversaries .
This move is in line with Najib’s despotic doctrine. – FMT
Awang Abdillah is deputy leader of MoCS.