Sunday, October 28, 2012

Umno’s chief crony

Umno’s chief crony

Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz | October 28, 2012
This wealthy Malay became a billionaire because he worked hard to become a super-crony of Mahathir and Muhyiddin.
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Umno is finding itself increasingly isolated despite having three million members. But then the Malay population in country is far more than Umno’s three million members.
In 2008, the Malay population was 5.7 million. Umno’s candidates only garnered two million Malay votes.
This means than one million of Umno’s own members did not support the party because they realised that the policies touted by Umno were destroying the country.
Umno only managed to gather 35% of the Malay votes. In 2008 total voter turnout was 10.9 million. Malays formed 52% of the voters.
In the 13th general election, the voter turnout is expected to be 11.58 million. Malay voter turnout is expected to increase to 55% or 6.37 millions.
Umno is expected to garner only 2.4 million votes this time round.
This time the party, whose president Najib Tun Razak, accursed its people, will have to seek the support of the Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Vietnamese, Myanmarees and the Indonesians to win.
This fact is a clear act of treason. The right to vote belongs exclusively to Malaysian citizens.
Isn’t it curse when immigrants are given citizenships? Why has this happened to Umno which has long since been slogeneering about Malay struggle?
The answer is because the Malays have realised that since 1988, Umno’s struggle has been for totalitarian power.
Umno’s chief crony
This totalitarian power enabled Umno leaders and their cronies to plunder the country’s wealth. Don’t believe me?
The chief Umno crony, Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary – a good friend of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Muhyiddin Yassin – today owns and controls a litany of companies including MMC, DRB Hicom, Proton, Malakoff,  Johor Port,  Senai Airport, Port of Tanjong Pelepas, Bank Muamalat, Padiberas Nasional, CSR Sugar, Gardenia, MPH Bookstores and  Penang Port
This same man is now eyeing RTM, KTMB and Bank Islam.
This wealthy Malay became a billionaire because he worked hard to become a super-crony of Mahathir and Muhyiddin. Almost all his wealth was handed to him on a gold plate.
This is the kind of people who support Umno. The ordinary member, he’s just good for the crowd and to scream ‘Hidup Melayu”.
We Malays keep quiet because Bukhary is a fellow Malay.
This is the attitude that is touted by the very government that is prepared to go to any length to retain its totalitarian hold on the country.
But the Malays have wisened up. In the 13th general election, the Malays will show themselves.
The writer is a former Umno state assemblyman but has now joined DAP. He is a FMT columnist.

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