In a household with two strong heads domineering each other, it is sometimes difficult to keep a straight face in the midst of conflicting political opinions. I am talking about my husband: an ardent BN supporter. And yours truly – well, I don’t have to explain myself as you probably know where I stand as we speak.
My husband used to say, I quote, “masalahnya, dalam BN tak ade Hang Jebat. Semuanya Hang Tuah, Hang Lekir dan Hang Lekiu.” Today, a BN’s member of Parliament, Mukriz Mahathir, proves this theory wrong when he raised above others stating his stand for Pak Lah to step down in no uncertain terms. I have to say, he is risking his neck in UMNO and will probably get fired from an association stiffed with rigid “lets-please-your-PM” policy.
I applaud his braveity for he indeed has forsaken his future in politics to tell the truth. We need more leaders like him in BN. Excerpt is the letter widely circulated in the internet from Mukriz to Pak Lah. The letter is published in BigDog, Rocky’s Bru, and the Samad Sisters – Tok Mommy & Nuraina.
Read it yourself and draw your own conclusion. As for yours truly, I believe we are now deep in uncharted water.
12th March 2008
Let me take this opportunity to thank you and the party’s leadership for the faith in me and the chance to contest in Jerlun as a Barisan Nasional candidate. With the blessing and hard work of the party’s leadership and machinery as well as the people of Jerlun, I have won the elections and am now a new Member of Parliament.
However, sadly enough, my victory is rendered meaningless in view of the defeat that Umno and the Kedah BN suffered in the hands of the opposition. Apart form Kedah, four other states as well as the Federal Territories also received similar humiliation in defeat.
In fact your own state of Penang was wrested by the DAP from the BN. Kelantan is again under Pas rules. In other states, the BN also suffered a similar humiliation when the level of BN support by the people has tremendously reduced. This, Datuk Seri, has never happened in the history of BN rule.
The sole intention of my letter to you is meant to save UMNO and BN from being rejected further by the people and from being no longer relevant to our religion, race and nation.
Dato’ Seri, the people are unhappy and the message from them is very clear, and that is they have rejected you as the nation’s chief executive.
Contrary to your claim that you still have the support of Umno and other component parties, the reality is that even our own party members had reneged in their voting pattern by supporting the Opposition and inflicting the BN its defeat.
Dato’ Seri, when the people held street demonstrations you openly dared them to resort to the ballot boxes to demonstrate.
They took your challenge by coming out, especially tho people in the Peninsular, and they demonstrated their feelings by voting us out at the BN at State and Parliament levels.
It is therefore clear that your leadership and your handling of the issues faced by the people and the nation are no longer accepted. Let’s not deny the truth just for the sake of keeping your seat as Prime Minister.
For the love of this country and the people, I beg that you take responsibility for the defeat. We can save UMNO, the BN and the nation only if you relinquish your positions as Prime Minister and the President of UMNO.
Dato’ Seri, I hope you will understand that I make this plea with the intention of salvaging a very dire situation. A move has been made to woo the BN representatives to join the Opposition. The enemy needs just 35 seats more to topple the government of your leadership.
If you do not resign in the near future, I fear that the situation will become untenable and that the Malay support for Umno and BN will be a thing of the past.
This plea I make without malice, and I am aware that your reaction and that of other UMNO members could very well be hostile.
But come what may, I am prepared, for the sake of the Malays and UMNO, to face the consequences of my action. With all humility, I leave my fate to Allah SWT.
Dato’ Seri, I am sure that you will do the right thing for the sake of the people and the nation. May Allah SWT bless you for the sacrifice you make by stepping down.
Jerlun Member Parlament
[Excerpt of letter taken from Rocky’s Bru without his permission]