Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked the entire Umno Selangor leadership to step down so that Umno Selangor can be revamped and to make way for new faces to take over the leadership.
Mahathir added that amongst the current Umno Selangor leadership not a single candidate is suitable to take over as Menteri Besar in the event Barisan Nasional manages to win back that state in the next general election.
This is actually the issue of the chicken and the egg. It is not so much who is suitable to be the Menteri Besar if Barisan Nasional manages to win back the state. It is how can Barisan Nasional win back the state if Umno Selangor does not have the proper leadership?
The ball is now in Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s court. Najib must not fear of being decisive. There are many issues that need a strong hand to tackle and the problem in Selangor is just one of many.
With three years or so to go before the next general election, time is not on Najib’s side. Many issues that have been raised by the opposition are not really that difficult to explain to the people.
The problem is while the opposition has the advantage of the social media and online news portals, the silence from the Prime Minister’s Office is giving the impression that what the opposition is saying is the truth.
The 2008 and 2013 general elections were basically a media war. The opposition was successful in its media campaign while the government was not. And this is what we shall see in the next general election as well.
We need to hear more from the Prime Minister. Najib must not be scared of speaking out and of replying to the many allegations against the government. Malaysians need to see that Malaysia has a strong prime minister and not what the opposition plus some of those in Umno allege.
And the first thing that Najib can do to show the country that he is in charge and is decisive is to revamp Umno Selangor in preparation for the coming general election.