Seeking Potential Protagonists

Bee Hive – As curious as any politically concerned netizen, I circulated a poll question implying on who was eligible in succeeding our current Premier as the UMNO President. Most similar polls posted on blogs and websites listed a limited number of expected candidates such as the YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib, YAB Dato’ Seri Ali Rustam, YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin, YB Tengku Razali Hamzah and such.

My poll respondents instead were allocated a wider scope of selection which not only included the above mentioned individuals but also those who were in line of the political throne, inside and outside of UMNO itself.

Besides the Deputy President and Vice Presidents (DS Najib, DS Ali and TS Muhyiddin namely), other Members of the Supreme Council (Ahli Majlis Tertinggi) which consists of 50 elected and appointed leaders are also possible candidates.

However, the party members are also given the freedom to propose anyone outside of this circle of power. Most of my respondents selected this option. From this poll, a few findings could be identified.

  1. The number of replies from respondents involved a number of opposition voters of the recent general elections indirectly proved that the party was not totally rejected by the public.
  2. Most of the respondents held that the successor of the UMNO President should be anyone that its members supported and not necessarily those from the Supreme Council. (*This differed from the usual answer which is DS Tan Sri Muhyiddin- the Vice President)

Regarding who exactly their favourite candidate is another point of query. Nizam al-Mulk known as the Great Minister

Farish Noor viewed that UMNO today is searching for a hero to save the party. In one aspect, UMNO seems to be short of heroes but this does not validate that the party does not have any saviours. Does a saviour necessarily has to be a hero to rescue a victim? It could be the other way round where the saviour rescues someone and then he is hailed as a hero for his triumph. There is nothing certain in this life and the laws of God is not like mathematics. Anything could happen especially when people are in desperate conditions.

In any party either from BN or BA, I believe that there are a lot of undiscovered statesmen which possess the potential of being the party’s protagonist in the future. However, we as the public need to emancipate from the demarcation of our perceptions to the standards fixed by our current popular leadership figures such as Tun Dr. Mahathir and Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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5 thoughts on “Seeking Potential Protagonists

  1. One question deserve an answer; why the so called undiscovered statesment doesn’t appear at the centre stage of their respective party (BN/BA)?

    For me, the protagonist has to sort out various challenges since from the lower rank at their respective party until their reach the top.

    To reach the top, he / she need to be fit enough not only to win the trust or support from the members of their respective party to overcome the challenges from the other member within the same party.

    The question is how can you gain the support by bringing a new/fresh idea, when most of the people were get use to unwritten guide on how to elect the leader? People always comparing the present with the previous one.

  2. Political parties in Malaysia, regardless the ruling party or opposition have been in place for more than 50 years. Within this time span of 50 years, they have developed certain “rules of the game” written or unwritten which serve as the governing principles of the parties. I believe that—in the context of the question that Mr. Firdaus has raised—there are certain rules which are considered to be out-of-fashion and needs to be overhauled, if not discarded because it impedes the progress of the party rather than propels them forward to face the ever-challenging political scenario in Malaysia.

    What I see right now is that, these political parties are on the brink of decline and loosing touch with the reality on the ground. They should find the point of connection, again with the subaltern.

  3. Protagonists are of two forms. Those who strive really hard to rise to the top and those who shine with just a stroke of luck. It may seem unfair but hey, it is up to Him to grant what and what not to whomever He Chooses so.

    “Say: “Verily my Lord enlarges and restricts the Provision to whom He pleases, but most men understand not.” (34:36)

    Still, that’s only one view of understanding this context. Further elaboration shall be pursued on another note…

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