People can hype things up and hoodhink other people with stories of manipulation and deception but in the final analysis the facts would be prevalent as numbers don’t lie.
So much has been hyped about Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia making inroads and building the support amongst grassroots.
The detractors of Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak have been busy painting the picture and creating the perception that the UMNO President generally no longer wanted by Malaysians. Particularly the Malays.
In fact they are vehement that UMNO is taking the brunt for the demonization of Prime Minister Najib, with so many scandalous stories.
However, the fact still remain UMNO as the party based on nationalism, is still the forerunner of Malaysian politics. Particularly amongst the Malays, the majority of the people.
UMNO still maintain the position of 86 MPs in Dewan Rakyat, despite the sacking of former Deputy President Tan Srì Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin, former Kedah Liaison Chairman Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and former Vice President Dato’ Srì Mohd. Shafie Apdal resignation from the party a year ago.
Another interesting fact is that UMNO Kedah still operating actively in all 15 Divisions with 2,196 branches and 304,661 registered members.
That is compared against Kedah Bunga Raya party with 6,214 members. Some divisions are so thin that there are less than 100 members.
The photo in the mast of this posting is in Kedah, where the Bunga Raya President Muhyiddin Yassin and Deputy President Mukhriz Mahathir are about to begin their speeches.
It is even doubtful that party Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is attracting actual voters in the areas that he toured. Especially with his specific intentions of continuous demonization of Prime Minister Najib with his manipulation and lies.
The rakyat is more interested in the agenda for them and how bread and butter issues are being addressed instead of Dr. Mahathir’s obsession to oust Prime Minister Najib and personal political agenda.
The fact that his working relationship with former nemesis of more than half a century Chinese Chauvinist DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang and the party isn’t auguring well amongst the grassroots.
That is the fact about the political support a Malay hinterland like Kedah, the so called ‘Home State’ for a former UMNO President and State Liaison Chairman.