An aging Umno battles the new face of tomorrow

A year after the most intensly fought general elections in 2013, the Teluk Intan by-elections this month represents a test whether the hirtherto UMNO/BN’s policy of divisivness has prevailed or has been discarded.

The battle for Teluk Intan appears to be equally a tough fight for both BN and DAP.

Whenever UMNO faces a tough election against the DAP, it has consistently employed bigotry and race as the central election issue to run down its opponent.

The fight is more intense in this by-election as the DAP has fielded a young Malay girl. This has the affect of putting fear into UMNO which then becomes racial whenever the DAP’s candidate is a brave Malay.

And it becomes even worse when the candidate this time is a young Malay girl educated from the very exclusively Malay agended, UITM.

Any Malay who is courageous and thinks differently out-of-the-box is labelled and accused of being a traitor who is betraying their community.

By fielding a Malay candidate, DAP is challenging the very political divide and segregation that UMNO has painstakingly upheld since independence.

The policy has been re-engineered to perpetuate itself and to stay in power. UMNO is threatened by this multi-racial approach by the DAP as the BN’s support has been seriously eroded since 2008.

They have to face PKR and PAS to retain the Malay heartland rural areas but now the DAP is opening a new front to entice liberal and urban Malay youths. In social media, Dyaana Sofya Mohd Daud is well accepted by all races much to the disdain of the elders in UMNO and cannot accept this new revolutionary development.

Young Malays have supported Pakatan Rakyat during the 2013 general elections. While the people gravitate towards integration, UMNO is for differention and against a one and truely united Malaysia which goes against their stock trade of division and exclusivilty.

All these shows the UMNO/BN days are numbered and the future picture of Malaysia is one without UMNO in power.

Old, Bigoted Policies

The party strives on base tactics by calling others racist but keeps the nation chronically racially divided country.

Even after 57 years of independence Malaysian polity is dominated by race and religion. I wonder how many Malaysians mix with other races in their daily life.

Perhaps, somewhere and at some point, some survey must have been done as to the percentage Malaysians who mix with other races, both in urban and rural areas. The results maybe shocking for UMNO.

On macro scale, all ETP and GTP projcets implemented since 2009 are slow and staggering to achieve their targets due to the racially divisive policies of UMNO/BN.

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