Like it or not, UMNO is a champion in the last 13GE barely four months ago. The nationalist party realised almost 40% of Dewan Rakyat and provided almost 2/3 of BN’s seats, to form the Federal Government.
As a political champion, the party has the responsibility to follow through in the agenda to champion the ‘Malay Cause’, be it political, socio-economy, geo-political and physical development of the process of nation building, transformation and moving forward.
Its time UMNO delegates live up to the support that the Malays had given them in 13GE. The Malays rallied around UMNO because it is clear that is the only party that would champion their cause.
UMNO must reciprocate by having champions amongst the Malays, who are worthy to correspond to the trust and support they have received from the rakyat in 13GE.
Champions like Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He has demonstrated his gung-ho-ness as the minister in-charge of internal security to address the increase of serious crimes and stood by the agencies under him. He dared to make statements like admitting the increase in serious crimes have direct co-relations to the decision of releasing detainees under Emergency Ordinance and setting free those who have been banished outside their home turf district for ‘restricted residence’ order.
Another champion is Sabah Chief Minister Dato’ Seri Musa Aman. He delivered Sabah, against the fallacy that ‘The Land Below The Wind is for Anwar Ibrahim’s taking’. Sabah BN managed to win 22 out of 25 parliamentary seats contested and by far is the best result in 13GE.
14 out of the 22 seats won are UMNO candidates. This also means that Sabah UMNO contributed 16% of UMNO’s standing in Dewan Rakyat.
The system Musa employs for Sabah is very effective. As UMNO State Liaison Chairman, Musa ensures that all divisional heads report to him monthly about progress in their constituency. Funds are systematically channeled to the divisions, so that all party programs are ensured.
Of course, Menteri Besar Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir is another champion. Even as deputy BN liaison chief, he lead the assault to recaptured Kedah. Not only BN Kedah succeeded, the state’s standing in parliament improved from four MPs to ten. That is 11.4% of UMNO’s standing in Dewan Rakyat.
So far, from those who are likely to contest for the VP posts, Mukhriz is the only below fifty years old. He should be seen as bringing the aspiration of the majority of the Malays, in the continuity of the NEP and Vision 2020 policies, political, economic and government transformation agenda and the noble struggle to champion the Malay cause.
These are Champions!