I was reliably informed yesterday that the people at the Umno headquarters had approached a party veteran to be part of their team.
This Umno veteran is a good man and one of the key members of the small team assisting former Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman in the defense of the state in the 13th General Election.
I know him and had seen him in action on the electoral frontline. The guy is really good.
Despite losing five out of 26 parliament seats and 18 out of 56 state seats, Johor Umno did relatively well especially in maintaining up to 85 per cent support of the Malay voters in the state. Four out of the seven MCA's parliament seats were also won in Johor.
Unfortunately, I was told that the guy had declined the offer.
I think he would had done a lot of good if he had accepted it. He is one of those genuine Umno man of integrity, incorruptible and devoted to the good cause. He is also an excellent administrator and a thinker.
But then, I was told that this guy had declined to be in the team at the Putera World Trade Centre because he felt that he can't work with some of the individuals there.
He was said to have disagreed with the way these individuals manage the affairs of Umno. Being an incorruptible person, he was said to find it hard to work with these people whose real aim is to further their own vested interests and accumulate monetary gains via their position in the Umno headquarters.
How I wish DS Najib could clean up the place.
The Umno veteran had decided to retire from politics, a decision he made after GE13 and is now spending time tending to his goat farm in his kampung.
He was said to be now disinterested with the goings on in Umno, as well as in Johor where things are turning really bad and showed no signs of improving any time soon.
This is how Umno is losing its good people.
I really hope that Najib will realize this and do something immediately to stop the slide. He simply need to get rid of the crooks and get back the good people.
Otherwise, things will get really ugly.
In Johor at the moment, a new group of young crooks are emerging from Kota Iskandar, replacing people like that good Umno veteran.
This group is known as the "Sepuluh Budak Hitam".
They went about demanding all sorts of things for themselves from the government agencies by brandishing the name of Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Khaled Nordin.
Those in IRDA, JCorp, and other such institutions in Johor should know who are these Sepuluh Budak Hitam and what they had demanded from them. The people of Johor Civil Service (JCS) should know them too.
Their catchphrase as they go on their rampage is "nak bersihkan tahi Ghani" (cleaning up Ghani's shit). The fact of the matter is, they are the ones crapping all over the place to the detriment of Umno and the State government.
It's now nine months since their boss Khaled took over at Kota Iskandar and I have not yet see anything substantive being done in Johor.
Except of course for a bit of populist moves which aim at keeping the Malay electorates happy.
At the same time, the pillaging of Johor by the Sepuluh Budak Hitam and others continues.
These are among things that Najib needs to put to an immediate stop if Barisan Nasional is to have any hope of winning GE14.