It's Umno general assembly time again.
I'm going to PWTC later in the afternoon to meet some friends from Johor Umno.
One of them is an aide of Johor MB DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Well, it's nice that I still have friends in Kota Iskandar despite many there hating me for my criticisms of Khaled.
Good to know that Khaled can still appoint true professionals into his team so that criticisms could be turned around for good.
At least my friend still wants to talk to me and even sometimes want to belanja makan.
These days, whenever I got angry with Khaled, I would remember my friend and it made me cool down a bit.
Nonetheless, Khaled and his boys are still not my favourite bunch of people.
I'm still sore with what they did to former Johor MB TS Abdul Ghani Othman and his people right before and after the last general election.
I'm also still not happy with them for messing up my home state ever since they took over Kota Iskandar.
Well, that's the way I see it but I better not start on it again.
It's not going to help anyway.
So, that aside, what could be expected of this Umno general assembly?
Personally, I don't expect anything.
I have to admit that I lost quite a lot of interest in Umno at the height of its civil war last year.
When both warring sides started with their "either you are with us or against us" policy, I decided to distance myself from the whole nonsense.
Told myself that I'm not going to fight my friends on either sides just to support some politicians.
I have been trying my best to be politically neutral ever since.
These days I prefer to write about what's happening the way I see it and let you all dear readers decide for yourself what to make out of the subject matter.
I no longer try to even guide you all to what I think is right or wrong.
As for the Umno general assembly itself, I think it will more or less be a showcase of party unity in preparation for the next general election.
No doubt, Umno is more united this time compared to during its general assembly last year.
TS Muhyiddin Yassin, DS Shafie Apdal, DS Mukhriz Mahathir are no longer around.
So, no more dissenters in the party.
At least that's how it appears to be.
But I believe there are still many in the ranks and files who are not happy but keeping quiet.
It's not that they don't love the party, but they are worried over the things that were troubling Umno ever since the civil war started and the rebels were either kicked out or left to join the opposition.
It will be foolhardy for Umno to deny this and not addressing it at the general assembly.
Whatever it is, if I'm an Umno member (which I'm not) I would be wanting the same of this general assembly as these people,
I think the Umno members interviewed for the story made a lot of sense.
Excerpt 1 :
“Please stop saying that there is this elaborate Jewish-backed agenda to wipe out the Malays and Islam from this country,” quipped padi farmer Daus Saad who has been a card-carrying member for 23 years.
Excerpt 2 :
“Waving the keris while chanting demi maruah Melayu (for the dignity of the Malays) just does not work anymore in this era,” reasoned a 62-year-old Johor Umno wanita delegate Norasyikin Hamid.
Excerpt 3 :
I think these senior Umno members are better than some of their leaders and party strategists.
Well, I'm not an Umno member.
So, I can only say that as an observer. It's the party leadership that will decide how they are going to proceed with things.
All the best then for those who are sincere and good among them.