Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah says if he win the UMNP Presidency, he plans to turn the Barisan Nasional coalition into a single multi-racial political party with direct membership and an elected leader.---- END of UPDATE ----
Explaining the reasons behind the radical reforms he was suggesting, the Umno veteran said it was because he sees "Umno heading down." "I do not think Umno can survive the next elections. People are simply going for material gains now for themselves and their supporters. People are becoming more corrupt.This is not the purpose of the party. It is for serving the people and it must be in tip-top condition to do that."
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The Star reported veteran Umno politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has discussed with PAS, DAP and PKR leaders the possibility of forming a national unity Federal Government as a way out of the current political and economic stalemate.
He said a national unity government could be formed together with the Barisan (Nasional).
As a precedent, he cited former premier Tun Abdul Razak Hussein’s Barisan Nasional model that came from the original Alliance coalition of Umno, MCA and MIC.
According to Tengku Razaleigh, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had requested for the meeting to discuss a perceived national crisis reflected by low confidence in the existing political and economic situation.
Tengku Razaleigh said he had explored with them the possibility of formulating a minimum basis for a national front, a Government formed out of a sincere need for national unity. Read here for more
It is a bad idea, even if the intentions of Tengku Razaleigh were good.
Why NOT BEFORE, when everybody else knew, except UMNO leaders including Ku Li himself, that the country for the past decade was going to the dogs with corruption at high places, nepotism, arrogant abuse of power by the UMNO-led BN government, blatant manipulation of the electoral process, the disrespect to our Malay rulers, the disregard for the fundamental rights in the Federal Constitution, the emasculation of the judiciary and, particularly, the polarisation of races caused primarily by the racially-biased policies of the Government machinery and the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional?
It is ingenuous for Tengku Razaleigh to call NOW for a unity government when the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional saw its worst defeat in Malaysian political history.
Umno has always been an opportunistic party that has concern only for its own political survival and its interest of the wellbeing of the nation is secondary.
UMNO believes in winner-takes-all.
UMNO has a very poor history of treatment of its component parties to a point that these component parties in Barisan Nasional are rendered useless and powerless to their respective constituencies.
Eversince the formation of the Barisan Nasional in the 70s, national unity was NOT enhanced, it in fact became WORSE, due primarily to the arrogance of UMNO as the dominant party in the coalition.
As long as UMNO remains a dominant party in ANY coalition, it is bad news for other political parties in the coalition.
If history is any judge, Barisan Nasional-Mark II as proposed by Tengku Razaleigh will be more of the same. It is UMNO's strategy at making Opposition politics irrelevant, and to destroy Pakatan Rakyat as a political entity.
Tengku Razaleigh's proposal to follow the current Barisan Nasional model is hypocritical. This coalition model with UMNO as a dominant partner had failed the nation and was the cause for the rise of the Pakatan Rakyat in the 2008 General Election.
It was obvious from the start of the formation of Barisan Nasional that UMNO had never intended to fulfill its promise to govern for the whole of the Malaysian society nor it had intended to meet its part of the bargain to other coalition partners.
For any unity government to work this time around, UMNO must NOT to be allowed to be the DOMINANT partner.
For a Unity Government to be meaningful to the nation, the reins of government must be EQUALLY shared. There should be a rotation of the Prime Ministership between the leaders of the coalition parties and there should at least be TWO Deputy Prime Ministers, coming from component parties other than that of the sitting Prime Minister.
But, then, we also know the leopard will never change its spots.
Thus we say, it is a BAD idea to start with.