Better Late Than Never For Umno March 26, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, Najib Tun Razak, Pak Lah, UMNO.
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AT LAST, Pak Lah reaffirms that his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would takeover as Umno president and Prime Minister as planned.
His reaffirmation has put to rest weeks of speculations and all tittle-tattle shrouding uncertainties that he may not hand over the Prime Ministership to Najib.
“Nothing could stop the handover from taking place,” he said at a Press Conference after a closed-door meeting with Umno delegates at PWTC on Tuesday.
His statement to the Press has made Najib’s task straightforward, allowing him to carry out reforms and changes in the party as he had pledged during his speech when opening the party’s Wanita, Youth and Puteri’s delegates conference on the same day.
So, I hope Pak Lah’s family members, cronies and close friends will stop any attempt to derail the power transition. They are now history in Umno’s book.
Pak Lah also expressed his unhappiness that certain quarters in Umno had unduly pressed for a transfer of power.
“Yes (I was offended). I know what I am supposed to do. I don’t have to be disturbed,” he was quoted as saying.
It is Najib’s game now. Najib has to put Umno’s house in spanking condition first before he steers Barisan Nasional and the country to a new epoch.
Najib has to tighten all lose ends as well as clean up all relics and thrash left by Pak Lah his infamous son-in-law KJ, seems as a gargantuan task for him to do.
Historically, Umno has never suffered a severe beating from the rakyat before Pak Lah introduced KJ into mainstream politics.
I remembered my Umno division chief friend grumbling that he was forced to nominate KJ for the post of youth deputy chief as he did not want to go against the order from Level 4 and the “traffic flow”.
This was at a time when KJ reigned in Umno and labeled as the “untouchable boy” on Level 4, a cynical term always referred by Tun Dr M, who commanded not only Umno but the government machinery.
The big question now is can Najib translate his pledge into practice. Will the 3 million Umno members embrace the reforms and changes demanded by Najib to make the party relevant to the Malays.
“Change from being aloof to be friendly, from being self-centred to putting interest of the people above our own, from laziness to diligence and from being the required minimum to embracing a passion for service.”
This is only a small fraction of Najib’s demand but it sounds gargantuan..
We hope Najib’s pledge will not remain as rhetoric as what had happened in previous Umno general assemblies. We hope all the fiery and sizzling debates will not remain as speechifying.
But I still believe that it is better late than never.