Today is the start of Umno's general assembly proper.
The party's wings meetings ended last night.
I think they ended with a whimper.
Shahrizat got no other thing to say except demanding more recognition for Wanita as being the tulang belakang (spine) of Umno. Berapa kali mau cakap itu rhetoric la makcik. May as well demand Wanita to be the sirloin steak of Umno. Lagi best.
The new Puteri chief whose name I can't really remember demanded that the movement not to be treated as cheerleaders or decorative item anymore. Mas...whatever...don't really have to say that, I think. Act mature and people will treat you accordingly. You don't demand respect. You earn it, okay.
Khairy's speeches were rather dull this time, except for his pantun about Siti Nurhaliza and when he whacked TNB for the electricity tariff hike. The only real excitement of the day was actually when his press secretary lashed out on twitter at The Malaysian Insider for writing a garbage article about her boss, or something like that.
The once darling journalist of DAP's handsomest boy Lim Guan Eng is at the moment the brightest spark at the Umno general assembly. Not bad at all.
Maybe Umno should hire an entire DAP's cybertrooper battalion to spear head its cyber war effort...led by Regina, of course.
The present ones, whoever they are, were quite useless. They can't even get their wi-fi connections right.
Ok, on to more serious stuff.
Party president DS Najib Razak will present his presidential address this morning and then the debates begin.
It will be bla bla bla again.
I think there will be a lot of fiery speeches about Melayu and Islam.
Those were the most popular at the moment after the Chinese tsunami of GE13.
Everyone would like to be a bit like Zahid Hamidi, who rode on those vehicles to become the most popular Umno vice president at the moment.
Well, that's up to them. After all, everyone want to be popular.
I just hope that the one or two speakers could instead speak about doing something substantive like saving the Umno's tiang seri - JOHOR.
Honestly, at the current rate, I think Johor will be lost in GE14, four years from now.
That is, if Pakatan doesn't implode first.
I think even Najib knows this and worries about it.
My suggestion is for an independent audit team to be send to check on the running of the Umno-led STATE GOVERNMENT itself, in order to curb all the excesses which will piss off the rakyat.
For instance, check why the menteri besar got so many special officers (10 or is it 12?) and why their salary is more than double than that of the state assemblymen.
And while the audit team are at it, maybe they can check if any of those guys had ever demanded direct negotiation contracts from agencies such as Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda). That would be interesting.
Also, the independent audit should also be done on Irda itself. I'm sure the people want to know about big stuff such as sale of land to foreigners by the billions of ringgit to the small stuff such as how Irda finance golfing trips (disguised as corporate visits) to Indonesia among others.
Well, I'm not really counting on it, but, it would be nice if the Umno people could once in a while talk about real issues like that instead of just talk with the intention to be popular at the party assembly.