By - Hesmel Faznee Faisal

The UMNO Youth have collectively agreed to drop the demand to appoint their chief as a minister in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s cabinet. The decision was made through a meeting recently with the Prime Minister and after the Prime Minister agreed to give a grant worth RM2 million to the movement to organize their incoming “Jelajah Pemuda 1 Malaysia” programme (read here).

In this win-win situation, one question kept crawling from the back of my thought; is it that simple to close the once feared UMNO Youth’s “mouth”? Or perhaps they are more concern for the unity within UMNO and would put aside the demand? Only time would tell.

I can’t help but to wonder the bizarre situation within the Youth rank. Both UMNO Youth vice chief Datuk Razali Ibrahim and UMNO Youth exco member Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, were appointed as Deputy Minister by the Prime Minister.

I believe the Prime Minister is well aware that sometimes immature leaders will only made things turn bad to worse. Bare in mind, this is not an attempt to imply the statement with anybody.

If UMNO Youth members could really understand and heed the true struggle of that movement, the issue of demanding their chief to be made as a Minister would not arise.

Let us all (Well, not all some of the readers out there have strong hatred towards UMNO!) flip our history text book for a while and look at the UMNO Youth past leaders, especially during the 1950’s – 1960’s.

The late Tan Sri Senu Abdul Rahman, during his tenure had came up with a thought provoking book titled Mental Revolution. The book comprises of interesting articles with the Malays as the subject of discussion had became an instant hit among the Malay scholars.

Before him were the late Tun Sardon Jubir who as the youth chief, initiated the date of our Independence and played a convincing role as a pressure group leader on then Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. He had also demanded from the British to allow the Jalur Gemilang be hoisted up shortly after the Union Jack were raised down from the flagpole.

This incident had created discomfort towards the British who felt this as a form of insult by Tun Sardon. These two great figures are examplar of what great leadership is all about and things we would want to see from the current leadership!

We are not too bothered with all the petty demands by the current UMNO Youth. I doubt some (let me rephrase it again, Jose; only some!) who are in the group would want to leave behind their wealth (among them are the “grasshopper eye” Mercedez Benz and a range collections of expensive golf sets!) and fought tooth and nail for the pride of their own race i.e the Malays.

I believe it is a ripe (Jose, observe the word I used is “ripe” and not “right”!) time, the UMNO Youth movement go through the defragmented procedure and mend back all the wrong doings that has been going on for more than a year.

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