Whichever Umno warlord can harness Merah will acquire a potent force
There will not be any riot in Chinatown tomorrow. Jamal Sekinchan cakap besar jer.
“We want the police to arrest Jamal because he has threatened traders in Petaling Street,” said MCA president Liow Tiong Lai yesterday. His deputy Wee Ka Siong echoed the call.
MCA past president Dr Chua Soi Lek went one step further and said MCA should have insisted on it.
Job vacancy: Malay hero
The Malay masses deserve better leadership. Not Rani Kulup, not Ibrahim Ali and not poseurs of their piddling ilk. What a waste of Perkasa’s potential. Umno should get the movement a new president.
The disorganized Malay grassroots that turned up for Himpunan Merah desperately need leaders who are credible and have charisma (not the CGPA 3.85 fler).
They need someone to stop the country from falling into DAP hands.
BELOW: What a daffy pose!
Tell me, which ‘real’ cook would ever circumambulate cucumbers around the kuali like that, huh? Obviously Ahmad Maslan is someone who has never lifted a finger in the kitchen before, bleaeh
Umno needs leader who can read Malay pulse
Ahmad Maslan, the Umno Pontian deputy chief, was among the deputy federal ministers who showed up for the red rally on Sept 16. This is the guy who earlier got booed by the party rank-and-file at his own division meet recently.
A fellow Umno deputy minister who turned up at Padang Merbok was Tajuddin Abdul Rahman. He would, lah, he’s a hawk after all. But he’s not young or telegenic like, say, the three DAP Parliamentarians below.
The purportedly “handsome” Umno Youth chief tak nampak kelibat pun.
Among the cabinet ministers, another Umno right winger Ismail Sabri made an appearance at the Himpunan Merah – pix below. Ali Rustam and Annuar Musa were present too but they’re not holding any ministerial portfolio.
And that’s about it, unless I missed any Umno luminary’s name from the roll-call.
Merah is a latent force waiting to be harnessed
Generally the Bersih 4.0 crowd was younger, more well-to-do and they made their own way to the rally.
The Merah crowd was similarly a grassroots movement. As mentioned earlier, hoity-toity Umno Baru leadership like KJ preferred to have nothing to do with this uncool endeavour.
The Reds were given a T-shirt and ferried to the venue by those division chiefs who took a personal initiative to do so. Unfortunately though, Umno leadership at divisional level also produces characters the calibre of Jamal Sekinchan whose Sungai Besar division lies in a rural Selangor constituency.
Merah deserves better leadership than Jamal.
The raw energy contained in Merah is clear to see. Only there’s nobody savvy enough in Umno to grab this red bull by the horns. The man able to marshall this red tide will make himself a powerful warlord indeed.
Rural vs urban
Let’s not be disingenuous. Merah is to Umno as what Bersih 4.0 is to the DAP. Both colours are proxies of either political party.
DAP have got the younger Malaysians brainwashed while Umno is hanging on to the older ones. Ageism is Umno’s major shortcoming and acute problem.
DOPPELGANGERS … Azira & Azrul below could almost be fraternal twins.
Melayu baka Azirara
These days, DAP have got the Azirara (Azira + Rara) type urban Malays to visibly support Bersih because it is trendy.
Umno however is unable to get segments of the Malay urban middle ground to support Merah. These are the apologists for the Bangsa Malaysia ideology and many are apologetic for fear of being labelled racists and bigots. The Azirara Malay would rather be caught dead than at a red rally.
The prototype Azirara is of course Azira Aziz herself (pix above) – the young aide to Hannah Yeoh who marched in Bersih carrying the placard “Siapa takut Bersih memang kotor”.
Azira is an Anak Bangsa Malaysia and actually looks a lot like Azrul Mohd Khalib, the uber Malaysian Firster who distributed flowers to the Christians in Taman Medan at the height of the cross controversy.
BELOW: DAP’s Rara (Syefura Othman) shares a makeshift platform during Bersih 4.0 with Maria Chin, Bersih secretariat’s Mandeep Singh and Bersih special committee member Jerald Joseph
Most M’sians will be living in town and cities in near future
As I’ve also blogged earlier, DAP has got the city slickers while Umno is hanging on to the rural folks.
By the year 2020 (only five years down the road), the country’s population in the peninsula is projected to be three-quarters urban dwellers. So clearly Umno is in trouble. You can see from the chart below.
Without Sabah and Sarawak, BN can kiss goodbye to Putrajaya unless the Umno-PAS unity move comes to fruition.
In the long term, Umno has no choice but to reclaim urban Malaysia should BN wish to remain in power.
Merah is people’s power.
MCA wants Najib to stop to any further rallies
The red shirt rally is rocking the foundation of MCA or in the Chinese party’s more expansive words, “threatening to tear the fabric of our nation apart”.
The party released a statement after its emergency meeting yesterday that “MCA strongly condemns all illegal rallies”.
MCA also said “the clear animosity shown towards the Chinese community [at the red rally] is unacceptable and cannot be condoned”.
“MCA is adamant that all mass rallies must be stopped,” insisted Liow in his statement.
MCA is worried that the upcoming Umno general assembly will witness more anti-Chinese race-baiting. I’m quite certain that MCA’s nightmare will come true.
BELOW: MCA’s media empire is a nest of vipers that are rabidly pro-DAP and chief promoters of the evangelista personality cult
MCA is nothing but a hindrance
It looks like MCA wants Umno to do this, MCA demands for Umno to do that, MCA forbids Umno from doing this and that … and MCA just refuses to leave the ruling coalition.
Looking at the backlash suffered by MCA from red rally 1.0 though, it’s quite conceivable that a red rally 2.0 in Penang would exert enough pressure to compel MCA to quit BN.
Umno would be able to operate with better effectiveness in GE14 without the hindrance of the MCA which is clearly unable or unwilling to help the BN election campaign.
Watch the video below for tips on how to get rid of the other half who is no longer wanted.