Saturday, September 23, 2006

We're loyal, loyal, loyal, loyal, loyal ...

The Star Online reported something that's probably unique to Malaysia, the periodic and constant declaration of loyalty and support by one particular political party. The following explains:

All Umno divisions in Sabah have given their support to party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“All the 25 divisions – including the Youth and Wanita wings – give their full support to the current party leadership,” Sabah Umno chief Datuk Musa Aman told reporters after chairing the state liaison committee here on Friday.

Asked if any particular resolutions were brought up at the division meetings, he said: “No. Our resolution is to support the president and the deputy president.”

Musa, who is Sabah Chief Minister, said issues raised by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had been explained to party members by the respective division and information chief before the division meetings that ended on Sept 10.

There may be many conclusions to such a need for regular declaration of political loyalty and support, such as:

(1) There's deep trouble within the party
(2) The Branch feels its loyalty is being suspected
(3) Bodek-ing is a NP, that is, national past-time or necessary party-requirement.

Add more if you can ...


  1. same cheap "saya sokong" statement. when other ppl become the PM, they'll still say the same... if not....

    makan pasir

  2. Bigjoe matey, you've just lumped Malaysia into a "certain category" of nations ;-) - how succinct! which in turn does not disprove my reference to those protestations of "loyalty" being unique to Malaysia, but in fact raises more questions of where Malaysia has drifted into

  3. Why the surprise? We live with a political culture where words and symbolic gestures are always deemed more important than action, or worthwile results...

    What does surprise me is the number of people who still think symbolism alone is the end-all, be-all of political success...