Same old Umno but funnier

Opinion  |  Thor Kah Hoong
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COMMENT | It looks like it’s going to be a long wait for those principled people supporting the development of a viable opposition.

The “new” Umno supreme council looks much like the old.

For all the talk of change and devolution of decision-making to more members, KL still calls the shots, and they have not been hitting the bulls-eye.

Like Mohamad Khaled Nordin pleading with his party president to “shed light on the matter immediately” because his appointment to head Perlis Umno “has elicited many questions from the Perlis Umno leadership.”

The natives were restive. A man, who led the party to defeat in the birthplace of the party, was being parachuted in to be their new lord.

They had no say in it, but obviously, they were saying a lot to prompt Khaled’s plaintive plea.

Like the appointment of former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali as a Umno supreme council member, and the Ooops-didn’t-think-of-that retraction a few hours later.

Apandi’s poetic analogy of a fish returning to its spawning-ground was unfortunate. Doesn’t he watch the National Geographic or Animal Planet channels?

A salmon returns to its spawning ground to excrete the next generation of supermarket and restaurant offering, and then it dies, the biological clock just stops.

The spawning ground becomes a feast for raptors and predators.

Before it gets to the spawning-ground, it has to run a gauntlet of insatiable grizzlies storing fat and flesh for winter.

And there may be a few grizzlies upriver from Apandi. We are only at the prelude to the new rewritten 1MDB saga that will take protracted unfolding...

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