UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin to do a systems and reality check whether or not the nationalist party still remain relevant and wake up quickly sort everything out. Otherwise, risk losing in the 14GE
Muhyiddin: If GE14 held soon, Umno will lose
Published Jul 26, 2015 10:49pm
Updated Jul 27, 2015 8:14
Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin has warned that the party is suffering a perception crisis due to the 1MDB controversy.
Speaking at the Cheras Umno division annual general meeting this evening, Muhyiddin said that should the general elections be held soon, Umno will lose.
However, Muhyiddin qualified his prediction by stating that it is not a form of criticism against party president Najib Abdul Razak.
“I speak the truth. If the Parliament is dissolved tomorrow we won’t win the general election.
“There has been research that say it is hard for us to win the next general election.
“But the consolation is that there is still time before the next general election. But the (negative) sentiment is there.
“I’m just stating how we are being perceived on the ground” said Muhyiddin.
‘Are people sick of Umno?’
He said the party members must be sensitive towards grassroots sentiment and never lose touch with the public.
He warned against being trapped with a denial syndrome and urged party members to check the what was being said on social media in order to have a “real time” overview of public sentiment.
“Adakah orang ‘meluat’ (Are people sick of Umno)? That has been said many times. But now it’s more than ‘meluat’. You now have access to social media which can gauge the people’s sentiment regardless of race in real time.
“This is one of the thing we should look at. I’m not looking to blame (anyone) because I’m part of the system. I am inside the government. But I am worried and afraid if things are not managed properly,” he said.
Muhyiddin said Umno has to counter the idea this malady by giving Umno a “Wow factor” to convince the people to support them.
The former Johor Menteri Besar also reminded that Umno should increase their profile by making friends and not enemies with the public.
“If you call 10 person outside and ask them if they supported Umno? Do you think they will say they do?” he ask the crowd and was met with an emphatic “No” from the floor.
GST implementation poor
He then offered any Cheras Umno members RM1,000 if they could suggest ideas that gave the party some sort of “Wow factor”.
“I don’t think people forgot the great things Umno and BN did. But they are evaluating us based on our (current) actions.
“They say our leaders are corrupt. It might be true. Ignoring sentiments and thinking we are always right is the wrong thing to do.
“That is important, including solving the 1MDB problem. But the main issue for peoples grouses are important. If needed, we must review our policy on ‘wow factor’ which made people say: ‘Yes. This is what I want’.
“We have yet to find it,” he said.
He said that many people are facing economic hardship, especially since the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).
“Surveys shown that most Malaysians are affected by economic issues. GST, cost of living and others. Last year it was safety and security.
“Is GST-related problems serious? I supported GST as a cabinet member but when I went to the ground and witnessed the implementation, the price of some goods went up by 100 percent.
“Some items that was not taxed under GST but had gone up as well,” he said.
The challenges that the leadership, party and government facing at the moment unparalleled to anything previous administration have faced and needed to sort out before.
The Opposition is working closely with parties outside the country mainly in the corridors of power in Washington D.C. and London and with the help of global media, they work in concert to attack Federal Government policies and initiatives.
Even to a point of fabricating and distorting information, in the series of very systematic and convincing well concocted lies.
All with the strategic purpose of demonising Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and his leadership. At the same time, attack and destroy the legacy of previous UMNO leaderships which have proven to propel this country from a British colony to an upcoming newly developed nation.
The current vicious attacks on 1MDB and the demonisation of Prime Minister Najib mostly through online media which include Neo Con Jews’s controlled globally powerful media even manage to create doubts among middle and grassroots UMNO leaders. Some are taken in by it and want to see Prime Minister Najib go.
It does not help when the party and government strategic communications apparatus is facing systemic failure.
It is a necessary call by Muhyiddin as Prime Minister Najib’s deputy in the Federal Government and party to stand up and voice this discern. UMNO has to wake up to reality and quickly overcome all its weakness and the same time wade through these challenges.
There are too many rumblings in the interior. This is not about within UMNO members and supporters only. UMNO needs none members and supporters to remain relevant in power.
Hence UMNO leaders and members must be aware of the issues that the people talk about, especially when they are scandalous. It could be politically damning for UMNO.
Prime Minister’s Office issued a short statement as a response to DPM Muhyiddin’s call at UMNO Cheras Division last night
Blurb by Bernama.com:
Everyone especially members of administration including DPM Muhyiddin should wait for the outcome of probe into 1MDB issue – PM’s Office statement
Probably as edgy as many are, including UMNO leaders and members, the due process is already being executed and in time, it would be completed.