...DAP has recruited Malays who are ‘politically bankrupt’ and have lost their relevance as leaders...
Big Dog on DAP's efforts to recruit Malays, such as Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz
A look at Ariff’s writings reveals him to be someone who always makes superficial analysis and strays from the truth, as a result of facts and assumptions that are incorrect. Aspan also often makes rhetorical rumblings that are unconstructive and sometimes disappointing, considering he’s someone who is mature and experienced. In fact, his complaints are like a broken record, which shows his disappointment as a leader who couldn’t make it any more in the UMNO arena.
From the records we can see that it’s rare for an UMNO assemblyman to only be given one term to represent the people, especially among the Malay majority. Typically, UMNO candidates on BN tickets in any general election were dropped because they didn’t cut it as effective representatives.
Ariff, who until now is known as a ‘failed assemblyman’ because of his poor service record, wasn’t given an opportunity to contest for the Pulau Manis state seat in PRU12. Also Aspan, who lost the Seri Menanti state seat when he contested on the Semangat 46 ticket in PRU8, didn’t get the opportunity to contest for UMNO in any general election, even though in 1996 Semangat 46 President Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah dissolved the party that had been formed in 1988 for Malay unity and the majority of its members returned to UMNO.
For Aspan, who fought desperately in Semangat 46 to uphold the interests and position of the Malays, Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia, and royal institutions, his willingness to abandon the struggle just because he’s been given an opportunity to contest in PRU13 on the Chinese Chauvinist ticket is extremely disappointing. This is a sign of ‘political bankruptcy’ and desperation due to the fact that his political opportunities were thinning out, especially with his advancing age.
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