Sunday, May 25, 2008

Keadilan on nationwide membership drive

GROUPS of young men and women, in twos and threes, have been going on a membership drive for Parti Keadilan Rakyat in recent weeks. An old Umno member told me that he saw these young men and women distributing forms and pamphlets at public events and functions.

Senior leaders of the MCA, MIC and Gerakan have been having small group discussions with professionals, academicians and opinion makers trying to get feedback and suggestions on how best to move forward.

After the massive defeat at the March 8 general election, the leaders realised that they better get their act together. First thing to do is to acknowledge their shortcomings and get some independent minds to identify the problems and suggest remedial measures.

The feedback centres around how voters view the BN parties. It's a perception game. The leaders were told that they were (in fact some are still) seen as arrogant, big-headed, rent seekers and very selective in their friendship. The BN were seen as insular.

The MIC, MCA and Gerakan have been having small gatherings seeking feedback and collecting data. Various reports are being compiled and some conclusions were being finalised.

As for UMNO, the party is caught in its own web of hiprocrisy and denial. Many grassroot leaders, especially at the branch levels, are still unable to explain to their members what went wrong at the pool booths.

They just couldn't explain why the party and the BN as a whole suffered such massive erosion in popular support. They couldn't explain why they were rejected. You and I may be able to do so, but grassroot Umno leaders just aren't able to shed light on the fiasco they face.

Those whom I met in recent days are even more confused at the state of the party, especially when their leaders continue to argue, disagree and do battle among themselves. Will this ever end, one branch secretary in his 30s asked.

While the young men and women of Partri Keadilan Rakyat goes on a membership drive, the young men and women of Umno are still looking for answers and guidance. Those from MIC, MCA and Gerakan are poring over datas and reports trying to piece a blueprint for the future.

One simple conclusion I make is this: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had asked Umno members to leave the party and return when its president, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, has resigned. Dr Mahathir won't get his wish, but those in Umno have to deal with dispirited rank and file who are unsure of their way forward.

I wonder how many of the Keadilan forms have been distributed, filled and returned to party HQ...


mn said...

A.kum Datuk,

1. Sebenarnya Keadilan itu pun adalah UMNO, baju jer warna lain.

2. MCA, MIC, Gerakan juga UMNO, rambut jer warna lain dan ada yang rambut palsu.

3. So, Umno, Keadilan + 3 lagi tu..semua 2x5 !

Anonymous said...

NAtionwide drive. LOL. Make sure the 5 states that they already have actually FULFILL their countless promises before DSAI starts making even more promises to others. Is that so hard to ask for?

Anonymous said...

In actual reality, there can only be two to choose from for the Malays.

Ultra-right wing Capitalism vs Left-wing liberalism.

Centralism or Moderates are for wimps or people who are unsure or lack of confidence or ignorant and confused people.

If you believe in duality of cosmic forces that exists in our universe, then read on.
The ancient Egyptians and Chinese believe the existence of such forces.

Here are the examples:

Yin vs Yang

Negative vs Positive

Dark vs Light

Proposer vs Opposer

Arts,Social Science, Business students vs Science and Technology students

The art way of attaining power vs The science way of attaining power

Majority-Democracy vs Minority-Socialism

Consumer society vs Producer society

Capitalists vs Production Workers

Profits before people vs
People before profits

Capitalism vs Socialism

Female vs Male

Cold vs Hot

Politicians vs Technocrats-leaders

An inverted pyramid human food chain vs Pyramid human food chain

USA vs China

West vs East

Water-Wood vs Fire-Earth

Bankers-Water vs Intellectuals-Fire

Ketuanan Melayu Ultra-Kapitalist-UMNO-BN
Ketuanan Islam Kebajikan-PR

You can only choose one.
There can only be one that can be placed at the top of the human food chain in your society or nation.

So choose wisely.