Monday, December 7, 2015

Umno the backbone of BN the ruling party 

Salleh Said Keruak 

It is no coincidence that the Umno annual general assemblies are more watched and get national coverage and international attention than those of the other political parties. This is because Umno is the backbone or lead partner in Barisan Nasional, which is the ruling party in Malaysia. Therefore what happens in Umno or what Umno does affects not just Umno or Barisan Nasional but the whole country. 

This year’s Umno assembly is about to start and because of the developments over the last year since December 2014 all eyes and ears are on this assembly with great anticipation as to what is going to happen. 

Of course, many, those opposed to Umno and Barisan Nasional in particular, are hoping for an explosive assembly .What is bad for Umno or Barisan Nasional is good for those opposed to Umno and Barisan Nasional. So they are hoping for a chaotic and disruptive assembly that would embarrass the party. 

We should show our critics that while there will always be power struggles in any political party in any part of then world, Umno knows when to close ranks and when to demonstrate maturity. Umno is the leader in Barisan Nasional, which is the government, and therefore Umno has to demonstrate how a leader should behave. 

We need to bring the party above petty squabbles and bickering and prove that we are still capable of being the government and are still able to place the future of the party and the country above all other interests. This year’s assembly is going to set the pace for the Sarawak state election, which is just around the corner, and the general election that will follow not far behind. 

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