Instead of admitting to flaws; instead of working to improve shortcomings and revisiting organisational goals in the light of changing times, the tendency is to look for scapegoats, observes Faisal S Hazis.
Sabah will be a focal point in the coming general election, especially after the defections of two BN MPs. If the opposition can avoid contesting three-cornered contests then Sabah’s status as a BN ‘fixed deposit’ state could hang in the balance, writes Arnold Puyok.
Umno has turned the practice of recycling discredited and disgraced politicians into an art form. In the process, it has displayed total disregard for the multiple problems facing society, observes Tota.
If the BN is judged obsolete and irrelevant to present-day Malaysia, it will not be the fault of the Opposition or the rakyat, but its own fault for deciding to follow the dinosaurs, writes Rakyat Jelata.
There is a deep underlying paranoia in the ruling coalition, which has been unable to adapt to a new political landscape that has seen Malaysians of all ethnic groups joining hands to demand accountability, observes Ronald Benjamin.
Pas’ espousal of a welfare state, its new leadership line-up and a more inclusive vision have set off alarm bells in BN circles. Ronald Benjamin writes that the party has adopted enlightened positions of late.
The BN old guard must come to terms with prevailing urban notions of equality, justice and pluralism instead of blaming “racism” by a political party as the reason for electoral losses in Sarawak’s towns, says Ronald Benjamin.
It is clear that the BN is desperate and resorting to foul means to ensure its electoral victory, observes Francis Loh. But the BN must remember, as was the case in recent events in the Middle-East, the whole world is watching.
The upcoming Sarawak state election has grabbed our attention and the outcome could have far-reaching implications for both BN and Pakatan. Faizal S Hazis looks at the hot seats and wonders whether electoral dynamics will sway to the opposition or the BN.