Many quotable quotes were sprinkled at in the Umno annual general assembly last week. Topping the list was 'Umno has no place for traitors', which was voiced and echoed throughout the assembly hall.
And in one voice they threw out the tremendous international goodwill which the country gained in the releasing of Anwar Ibrahim 'the traitor'. Did they know the huge mistake they had committed in broadcasting aloud their own insecurities to the world?
In putting their insecurities above party interests, aren't Umno leaders not undermining the 'Malay agenda'? In refusing to show any regret over the miscarriage of justice to Anwar, these self-serving Umno leaders brashly announced to the world that they are still the same cold political animals when Anwar was imprisoned six years ago.
Pak Lah reportedly said after Anwar was released that he had no quarrel with the latter, so how did the 'traitor' label pop up? And his son-in-law Khairy Jamaludin said: 'I will defend Umno against the traitors'. But wasn't this the same Khairy who paid the 'traitor' a visit in his own house?
So much for the 'open-minded', 'modern' and 'progressive' outlook of Umno.
Another quotable quote was: 'Knowledge poverty is the Malays' new dilemma' . But in fact Malays and non-Malays all are in this dilemma together.
We all suffer from knowledge poverty when we wonder how Rafidah Aziz and other big fish can escape prosecution when the Anti-Corruption Agency has already documented their corruption.