Monday, January 19, 2009

Barisan Nasional Will Fall If It Fails To Reform

This is the message by TDM if BN fails to reform. Both Permatang Pauh and KT by-election are sufficient indicators to measure the level of discontent for the coalition. Several factors have been identified as contributors to the loss from no confidence in BN and UMNO's current leadership, selection of candidate to state machinery infighting.

Whatever the reason, the majority has spoken in Kuala Terengganu. Will we hear a different voice in the 13th General Election? Will BN be given its first national defeat in the next general election? Possibly, if BN fails to reform. This is also coming from staunch supporters of UMNO and Barisan Nasional. Its members are tired of seeing corrupt leaders getting nominated and elected, subsequently running the powerful government machinery.
Many have accussed TDM for being a hypocrite as the plague of money politics started during his era of presidency. Nevertheless, it does not explain why suddenly Barisan Nasional is receiving this level of disapproval. Some may say it is the advent of blogs and alternative media. There was no such element used for political purposes during TDM's rule.

At any rate, we were expecting some level of awareness of what needs to be done to change public perception of UMNO during the divisional election last year. We were naive to believe that. A massive organization such as UMNO would react against any form of reform or change. Some just want to 'cari makan'. Whatever the excuse they utilize to justify what it is they're doing, others are hoping for a defeat. It may be the only way of reforming the fractured party.

Watch out for Sarawak state election.

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