Selangor Umno is under pressure but the state party leaders are empty of ideas on how to rejuvenate the party in the state, what more to wrest the state from Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
Plaque with factionism and internal squabbling, the party has been considered ‘dormain’ since after last year’s general election with none of the 22 division leaders and 12 assemblymen really think of strategising or at the very least bemoan the party’s position as an opposition in the state since then.
They seem to ‘shy away’ from making any noise such as statements hitting out at weaknesses of the opposition or making themselves known for still ‘being alive and kicking’ and still fighting the political battle.
And the reality is Selangor Umno has no idea on how to deal with the new political environment where politics is based on perceptions and personal touch, given the state Umno still has the old generation – 50s and above – holding division chiefs and other key positions.
While the political battle is now on cyber and personal touch where issues are debated intellectually in cyber and the personal touch is meeting up voters – young and old – at mamak shops and stalls where Selangor Umno leaders are still stuck with the traditional official events.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has already had a good hold on Selangor electorates particularly those around forties as PR assemblymen have been roaming the streets meeting them up without protocol and officialdom.
The just concluded state party convention at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) where party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had ticked off the state leaders for the lack of efforts to take back the state is considered as ‘too late’.
Although Najib laced his ‘anger’ with jokes that did not seem ‘too harsh’, the underlying factor was taken very seriously by the 1,000 party members who attended the convention to the extent that many felt ‘slighted and hurt.’
Many said Najib’s speech and ‘anger’ were directed to the party state chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar who had been detached from reality and the grassroot voters.
A former division head said Selangor Umno had lost the opportunity to increase its influence or at the very least make its presence felt when it did nothing during the Menteri Besar saga that saw Pakatan Rakyat (PR) split.
“In the nine months, from January to September, Selangor Umno could have gone to the streets with some sorts of propaganda against the ruling PR which could at least remind Selangorians Barisan Nasional (BN) is better off.
“But Selangor Umno did nothing and worse part is until today I have not seen or heard the state Umno has any blue print on how to take back the state,” he said.
Selangor Umno is in reality in a state of losing ‘spirit’ and direction as the party is plaqued with internal squabbling where Noh is said to be trying to strengthen his position while those division heads going different ways as they see Noh is ‘not suitable’ to face the new political environment.
An assemblyman said Noh was detached from the reality on the ground especially with voters aged around forties who were no longer interested in the conventional approach.
“Selangor is three quarter urban and semi urban, no longer rural and the minds of the people are no longer that of rural minds where development politics such as infra structures count.
“It is about mindset…perceptions and personal touch…and Noh does not seem to recognise this,” he added.
A veteran Selangor Umno said personal touch was missing from state Umno since Barisan Nasional (BN) lost the state in 2008 as all the parties in the coalition ‘shy away’ from meeting voters.
“Shying to meet voters is one, and another thing is shy to make statements hitting out at weaknesses and wrongdoings of the PR state government.
“In fact, BN parties in Selangor are even shy to highlights problems faced by the people which I think was the very reason why Najib made noise,” he said.MYNEWSHUB