Why need a loyalty pledge on paper for all UMNO leaders and elected representatives? This was a proposal by Mukhriz Mahathir announced in Kodiang, Alor Setar recently when he said, “Saya harap setiap orang (pemimpin dan wakil rakyat UMNO) menandatangan akujanji bagi membuktikan mereka mengutamakan kepentingan parti, menyokong, berkerjasama dan kerja keras bagi memastikan kemenangan calon yang terpilih”.
This has never been done before in UMNO’s 60 odd years history, and why has it to be done now? The only logical answer that I can think of is that UNMO no longer trust its members, and even if the loyalty pledge is made, does that guarantee the person honors his pledge? Now, if that person reneged on the pledge, what action can the party take? UMNO cannot send the person to prison; can they? The least that UMNO can do is to suspend or sack the person, but doing this may incur the wrath of some party quarters itself and that isn’t good for the party. This has occurred to the party before where loyalists to the person being punished has shied away from the party or even demonstrated against the party. UMNO surely does not want a repeat of the 2008 elections – do they?
Now, it looks like UMNO is showing signs of desperation and lacking in ideas. By adopting a loyalty pledge is akin to someone who wants to join a secret society. I am told that all adherents of the Free Mason have to sign a loyalty pledge and I hope this idea isn’t derived from that. The idea of a loyalty pledge on paper sounds so absurd that it would appear that no party member can be trusted, and that members are forced to prove their loyalty by committing it on a piece of document. I just wonder what would be the wordings of the pledge.
If I were an UMNO elected representative, I would certainly object to this kind of proposal if it was forced upon me. It degrades and questions my integrity. I do not know the reaction of the present crop of UMNO members who are by and large mere followers; the yes men so to speak. This is the UMNO of the new millennium where loyalty has to be demanded off its members which are normally accompanied by promises of material gains. Isn’t this the reason why there has always been so much of infighting among members even for a mediocre post like a Ketua Cawangan? I did not say this – it was told to me by some UMNO members, and I am not surprised.
For Mukhriz Mahathir to have come with the proposal surprises me, for I have all along perceive him to be a reformer. Reformer he is, but for the wrong purpose. This proposal has changed my perception of Mukhriz Mahathir since, and I begin to imagine what else he can do to further unveil the inherent weaknesses of his leadership within the party. UMNO, as I knew it, was build upon trust and unquestioned loyalty of its members towards the party (not to individuals) and I think this is no longer true today.
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