Monday, January 26, 2009

Absence of a Credible Leader

Much has been said and analysed about the current political atmosphere, more so about UMNO's loss in the Kuala Terengganu by election just passed. I am an avid follower of political blogs and am unashamed to admit that I trust Malaysia-Today than any other form of media. I don't obviously read accept what is published on the other hand I would safely say I am one of the countless concerned Malaysians who hunger for the truth.
UMNO in it's present form is still very much relevant however it is the absence of a credible leader which is sadly missing. The current crop of leaders have too much political baggage and skeletons in their closets to ever gain the trust of the rakyat now or ever. No need to name names as we all know who they are. They speak volumes in terms of paradigm shifts and changes which needs to be made but all are nothing but much talk and not much more. We the rakyat have yet to see any credible change or paradigm shifts which has been promised.
Promises upon promises have been made but until something tangible is done men and women of all walks of life will never be able to trust what comes out of their mouths.
I belong to the 35 to 45 age group of the rakyat and we represent the bulk of the population of Malaysia. We are not blinded by empty promises or threats any longer. We understand and demand true democracy, equal opportunity, meritocracy, good governance and transparency in administration. No longer are we hoodwinked into beleiveing what is being published and broadcasted in the main stream media. It's an open secret how the upper echelon of government officials live. Living a lap of luxury with not an ounce of iorta of how the other half lives. All they are concerned about is feathering their own nests.
It is not a total revamp of policies that is needed but a total change or personality which is required URGENTLY!!!!!! However we will never see the light of day of such a thing happening as these individuals are addicted to power and money. They live and breathe power and money. They can't live without it. Thats how bad it is and it will only get worse.
So at the end of the day we the rakyat are stuck between a rock and a hard place as these people will never vacate their present positions for fear of losing power, money and most important of all fear of being prosecuted for all their sins to the rakyat (people like you and me). So long as these individuals use GLCs like their own piggy bank leeching every ringgit and sen from us, the rakyat. we the rakyat will suffer till the day they cease to exist. One wonders why GLC's like Petronas and Khazanah Nasional don't make their accounts public??? As GLCs, we the rakyat are also share holders to these companies and have every right to know what is the annual profit or loss!!!!! Unless of course there is something to hide.
There is no one in sight which can carry the responsibility of leading and managing the country to it's capabilities within UMNO or Barisan Nasional, unless of course these individuals are being held back due to lack of support or influence. Which is more than likely the case. Personally, and I speak for myself ofcourse the rakyat has no other choice but to give and lend our support to alternate parties such as PKR, PAS AND DAP to get us out of this rut. Who is to say that the alternative parties will not be the same as UMNO or Barisan Nasional?? We will never know until they are given the opportunity to govern and prove themselves. Up to this day the five states under the Pakatan Rakyat have proved to be doing well with some hiccups here and there. What would you expect from a flegdling government still coming to terms with governing the 5 states formerly under the Barisan Nasional. Mistakes are inherent to any organisation or government, however it is the ability to learn from mistakes made which makes the any organisation or government credible and trustworthy.
A statement from RPK saying that we Malaysians are indeed a patient lot is all but true. However it is the ABSENCE OF A CREDIBLE LEADER within UMNO and Barisan Nasional which makes level minded Malaysians such as myself to lend our support to Pakatan Rakyat.