Umno supreme council member Puad Zarkashi has dismissed Dr Mahathir's Malay proclamation as just a gimmick.
Puad, whose statements were published almost daily by news portals these days is the new main frontman of Umno.
Just cringy, if you ask me.
I know that many Umno people in Batu Pahat feel the same about the guy.
What to do, Umno has now been reduced to that.
Anyway, the news portals are doing all they could to discredit the Malay proclamation.
Here's another similar story posted today,
Nice. That's coming from the son of the late Tun Dr Ismail.
Malays should never be allowed to unite ever again.
The last time they did was actually in 1946 and as many DAP people have said, the country then suffered under Umno's rule for decades.
Malaysia was as bad as Zimbabwe because of that, they said.
Fortunately, the non-Malays have over the past decade been united under DAP to overthrow the evil Umno and transformed it into a nice little junior partner of the ruling Pakatan Harapan.
Well, now this business of uniting the Malays had been taken over primarily by Pas, which is scarier because of its Islamist ideology.
Its main sidekick, Pribumi Bersatu is made up of the more radical Malay nationalists who were kicked out of Umno.
They made quite a lot of inroad in the Malay-dominated states in the last general election and expected to repeat the performance in the coming state polls.
It was feared that they may even gain ground in the less dominated Malay states such as Selangor and Negri Sembilan.
It's now paramount for Anwar and gang to stop these Malay Islamists.
I'm not really sure, actually.
Definitely not by letting loose irritating characters like Puad to criticise Dr Mahathir, Pas, Pribumi Bersatu and their gang.
That would only make more Malays wanting to side with them.
I think it would be a better move for Anwar to let Umno improve its standing among the Malays so that it could win back its support base to neutralise Pas and Pribumi Bersatu.
Get more credible Umno leaders like Mat Hasan and Jo Ghani to be the faces of the party instead of someone like Puad.
Too bad that Najib is still in jail. Otherwise, he'll make another good spokesperson for the party. to win back Malays' support.
Yes, I know the guy was convicted for corruption but the truth is that Malaysians don't really care about such things.
Anwar was convicted for sodomy, yet after he was given royal pardon, he went on to become the PM.
Malaysia is perhaps the only country ever to have a PM with such a conviction.
Well, Najib is still highly popular among especially the Malays despite his conviction for corruption.
For many, it was political prosecution, the same as it was with Anwar's sodomy conviction.
Despite 1MDB, Najib's administration was arguably the best that the country has had since Dr Mahathir's first stint as PM.
So, if Najib is available and he goes campaigning around for Umno, in support of Anwar and the gang, then many Malays will not go over to the other side.
Perhaps Pakatan people who oppose a royal pardon for Najib should reconsider.
After all, it's not as if Najib will become a PM again.
Having Najib around is not such a bad thing for Pakatan people compared to Malays being united under Pas and its gang.
Oh, by the way, I think Anwar turning around the country's economy for the better would help too.
Unfortunately, no sign of that yet.