Umno in survival mode


Make sure you catch this Aliran Monthly cover story on the future of Umno by political scientist Johan Saravanamuttu.

Racial sentiments ran high, tears flowed, the rhetoric became warlike, 13th May’s ghost was resurrected and even God was invoked during the 66th United Malays National Organisation (Umno)’s convention which wound to its close on the first day of December 2012.

Gearing up for the ‘mother of all elections’ due to be held within months, Umno leaders were striking out a posture of solidarity and rallying the troops. However, belying the pomp, decibels and camaraderie was an undertone of the dominant political party of Malaysia losing much of its ‘mojo’ and somewhat in a survival mode.

Milling around the convention premises and listening to the emotionally charged speeches of delegates, one could not but palpably sense that Umno was a party under siege. Umno, as the political engineer of the unbroken 50-plus-year rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN), may indeed have been responsible for the loss of the ruling coalition’s customary two-thirds majority of seats in Parliament and five state governments in the 2008 general election, its worst electoral outing to date.

The fact that the Umno’s President Najib Razak, who is also the Prime Minister, has held back from calling a general election up until today suggests that Umno and its coalition partners continue to have doubts that their performance in the forthcoming election would be up to par. The window to call the election closes completely on 28 April 2013 by which time the government would have served out its maximum term of five years. The Election Commission would then have the option to hold the election within two months.

Catch the full story on the Aliran website.

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Wee Chin

The damage done by BN is a deep scar in my mind. No need reminder for me!


Lets finish off UMNO and their sycophants from MCA, MIC and Gerakan.
While the pornstar … President keep talking of hudud, he should be reminded that he is just one … cheap skate where the Ah Cheap 1 Malaysia is just all a bluff.

Even medicine and vitamins are now being dispensed on race.

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Lets vote out Barang Naik AMMO together with their sycophants from MCA, MIC and Gerakan and all those from Sabah and Sarawak.

Desmond Lee Chee Moon

When Opposition take over the next Government, then ask Utusan and Star to be accountable for spreading lies. They are like SATAN keep telling lies.


Without mandate from the rakyat, Najib already make Malaysia saddled with HUGE DEBTS. If we Malaysian were to give him a new mandate, i do not know what will happen to our country. Please vote wisely all fellow Malaysian. Our future in our hand.

Theresa Yip Lai fong

UmNo and its … MCA, MIC will lose their pants, comes the GE13

Sophia Grace

NST and The Star is unreadable because of all the BN propaganda reporting and articles. Thanks for this wonderful piece of work (and word) from Aliran.


The more the lies and self-boasting they tell the more the people get fed up with them, let them be… I still buy the paper to be refreshed with the lies they tell…