Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has less then three years to put the BN house in order if he expects to win the next general elections.At the rate corruptions are being exposed in his administration and his languid action and no reaction, the damage could never be restored.
His 1 Malaysia is a good move to bring the people together but that was not the real cause of BN's misery.The people main grievances are corruptions, abuses of power and the extravagant lifestyle and display of opulence by the leaders and their families.
Malaysians are not blind to their surroundings, they can see, they can enumerate and they can sum up exactly what should be the net worth of those holding public offices.
The PKFZ scandal should by now have those responsible for the debacle sitting in the docks facing charges of impropriety and corruptions.So far, none have materialised. As the people wait impatiently to see those involved are brought to justice more cases of impropriety are exposed.
Former Premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made the same grievous mistake.Riding high after the 2004 General Elections victory, he ignored the rising discontentment among the people.He was under the mistaken notion that his popularity would continue unfettered and his leadership unassailable.His failure to stamp out corruptions and abuse of power, as promised by him, was the main reason for the erosion of support.Is Najib going to make the same mistake?
The recent revelation of Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar abhorrently breaking the country's foreign exchange law by sending RM10 million out of the country using the hawala system (money changer) speaks volumes of the integrity of UMNO politicians holding high offices.They live in ivory towers and have become the untouchables.
Even if he earns the money legitimately, by the mere fact that he used the illegal channel reflects badly on his integrity, his position as menteri besar and UMNO as a whole.It wouldn't be wrong to say that any self-respecting politician would have resigned his position or be removed by the prime minister.UMNO seems to have no element of damage control.Unashamedly, makers of the law are also breakers of the law and shame seems to have no place in their political lexicon.
Najib's troubles are the makings of his own men.His every step forward is taken two steps backward by the action of his own men.
Arrogance and the lack of will to change seemed to be too deep-rooted in the BN, particularly UMNO, giving them a false sense of invincibility.
Three years is not too far away.It can go by in a flash.
Unless, Najib can change the people's perception, winning the next GE (General Elections) may be harder than what he imagines.
His main coalition partners MCA,Gerakan and MIC are in a shambles.
MCA, ravaged by infighting and leadership tussle is in a freefall and teetering on the edge of the abyss of total political wipeout.MCA's loss will be DAP's gain.
Time and tide wait for no man. Is Najib running out of time?