Umno has not learned anything from electoral defeat

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Politicians and leaders must know that the duty to lead by good example in thought, word and deed is a must, writes JD Lovernciear.

The totally unacceptable tweet by former Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Razlan Rafii on the untimely demise of an MP deserves more than a disapproving statement from Umno leaders and followers.

His tweet was not only disrespectful and un-Malaysian, it certainly also echoed loudly how corrosive, insensitive and ever-divisive Umno politicians have been, as they keep showing, time and time again.

Losing a 60-year tradition of governing has not taught Umno anything. The rule of law catching up on street-fighters who believe they are infallible warriors of Umno, like Jamal for example, does not appear to be effective as a deterrent.

It is time civil society curbs such crass politicians who think they can erase their evil agendas by deleting tweets and saying sorry.

Politicians and leaders must know that the duty to lead by good example in thought, word and deed is a must. If they do not understand the power of this dictum, they should go study Kantianism.

What is worse is that the party that such renegades champion is slow, seemingly powerless and unwilling to take stern decisive action.

New Umno president Zahid Hamidi’s statement, made only after Khairy Jamaluddin helmed him into a corner, clearly shows that Umno will neither change its stripes nor has learned anything about the people’s aspirations to see a new Malaysia rise from six decades of race and religious-spiked divisiveness.

We need to see an immediate political overhaul even it means quickly arresting and charging politicians who cannot build a future for all Malaysians.

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All media can help right-minded citizens to bring about that immediate overhaul.

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Khoo Soo Hay
Khoo Soo Hay
5 Aug 2018 9.28am

The present/old guard of UMNO in the likes of Zahid and Najib will never change. It is not in their brain to realize the country is no longer with them. At least Khairy seems different, perhaps he is younger and made from a different mold, ala Oxon?