When our forefathers built this nation, they can never imagine this newly independent country can be a rich nation through natural resources. They were too busy built it, created institutions and enhance our sovereignity.
And our first generation of politician likes Tunku, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Dr. Ismail were very honest, direct and transparent. Someone told me, which I not agree hundred per cent, that he always believes PAS is a better party than UMNO but UMNO always provides better leaders.
And his notion of 'betterment' in term of PAS as a party is strictly religous. But he never trusts PAS's leaders. He is convinced PAS's leaders is not 'modern leaders' who can manage modern country. They lack modern knowledges and skills.
On the other hand, leaders in UMNO well equipped with modern skills. And as a reverse, his notion UMNO as a 'bad' party also strictly religous. But I admit, UMNO did provided good leaders if not better for a modern nation like Malaysia.
But seem to me UMNO running out of good leaders in their stocks. The last, (I don't like to say the peak) I see them during Dr. Mahathir's era. When was UMNO went wrong?
I notice UMNO begin to regress when the candidates to represent UMNO must be popular in Cawangan and Bahagian. And the popularity not necessarily comes together with qualifications. How to become popular? The answer is money.
Those who can afford to buy votes can be popular candidates and win. In this system, the candidates' qualifications are not relevant. Those who being elected hold amount of influence and power. They can determine higher level of candidates such as Vice Presidents, Deputy and President himself.
In return, they will be reward lucrative contracts and so on. They will make easy money with politics. This will encourage more 'ordinary' local leaders to join politics, and push aside those who are brainy with better qualifications.
In the end, UMNO will becomes PAS. No more good leaders left to lead UMNO in cawangan, in bahagian and up to Supreme Council.
Yes I know, in attempt to stop money politics, UMNO try to push the reform. Now the voters will be more than hundred thousands compare to 'perwakilan' system.Even cawangan will participate but the problem is UMNO highest level of leaderships running out of good leaders already.
Tun Dr. Ismail once discussed this phenomena of money politics with his closed friend, Phillip Kuok:
"I only wish that people will one day establish themselves in the professions and business world, and enter politics like the British politicians.[...] My message to the youth [...] is that they should not go into politics until they are financially or professionally secure". (The Reluctant Politician by Ooi Kee Beng)
How many UMNO leaders read this book? I am not sure. But the young generation of politicians should take heed of the late Tun Dr. Ismail's wisdom.
Money destroyed UMNO from within. Now we have a minister who give a solution not to eat chicken when chicken's price rising up.
Out of 28 millions citizens in Malaysia, how can we ended up with this guy becomes our minister?
May Allah bless Malaysia.