Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Satu Perjuangan, Satu Harapan

Assalamualaikum, Hello and Salam 1Malaysia,

It has been quite a while since I last wrote in an elaborated manner. Time has not been very kind to me, as I always saw myself struggling to keep up with it these days. Fortunately, today I have some extra time that I can wisely spend on updating this otherwise dusty blog. 

It would be noticeable by now that I am an UMNO member.

My entrance into UMNO was only recently; I registered in 2009 under the Seri Setia Lembah Keramat (SSLK) branch. However, my involvement with the party has began since 2002 when I was in MRSM Jasin. In June that year, a very drastic change in UMNO had occurred where the nation saw how Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, now carrying the title Tun, announced his resignation from all posts in Barisan Nasional (BN) and the party during its annual assembly. I, along with other surprised students, watched his announcement that was aired on the evening news when we were about to have our early dinner that day.

That day, some of us shed tears while watching the news. You can find the clips of this in the following video attachments:

News clip from TV3

As taken from spectators' seatings

My history with UMNO did not only start when Tun M announced his resignation. It started when I first got to know about the party movement from my own parents. My mother then worked in Kementerian Belia & Sukan (KBS), where as a child I used to roam the office floor, playing and meeting with a lot of now very prominent figures such as Dato' Seri Mohd Najib Razak (used to give me 50 cents for no reasons every time I met him), Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Dato' Abdul Ghani Othman, who then all were the ministers of KBS. One of my good friend there was Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who then was the political secretary of Dato' Seri Najib Razak. 

At home, both my parents introduced me with a lot of information on UMNO and the BN. Both being avid UMNO supporters guided me in knowing my roots and my journey in the future. This of course strengthen my foundation as a politically-savvy kid, but it was not until one day when I was accompanying my mother looking for furniture in Subang Parade when we came across a man, along with two of his bodyguards, whom my mother told me to shake and kiss his hand. He then put his hand on my little head and advised me to study hard. At that time, I have no idea of, or even if I did, I never realize his importance in my life. The identity of this man will be revealed later in this writing. 

When I was in university starting 2003, I was exposed to many political news. In 2003, the sentiment against the BN government was still evidently showing, mostly due to the dismissal of Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim from the cabinet back in 1998 due to his sodomy case. Many knew that I came from an UMNO family, and I was not spared from the public bashing by the opposition supporters among the students. However I continued my journey in the open as an UMNO kid, facing mixed opinions from others, most of them were negative. After one point, I decided to stay low for my own safety.

Later in 2008 when the result of the general election was aired, I was in my room at the university watching the television, where one after another seat was lost to the opposition. The BN lost four states as a result to this. This major losses have caused many, including myself, to accept them in complete disbelief. I had been trashed by many opposition-supporting students whom all of them were Malays. I was in my final year at the time. In that year too, I met again with the man who placed his hand on my head when I was little and advised me to study hard. This time, we both shook hands before he handed me my degree in engineering as the chancellor of the university. The smile on his face I cannot forget, let alone the feelings in my heart at that time.  

The Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, taken at my graduation dinner, 2008.

In 2009, as the local political scene started to show a lot of critical changes, my awareness became significant enough to encourage me to enter the field. I handed in my membership form to Datuk Hj. Mohd. Kassim Othman, the SSLK branch head through my mother, the branch secretary of Pergerakan Wanita UMNO. At that point, my journey in politic made its first formal step. 

My mother (first from left) as the Wanita UMNO SSLK secretary during a meeting

Even as a beginner, I had numerous supports from many people. I started to get involved with a lot of activities hosted by the branch and also by the residents to get to know people and offered help whenever necessary. I started to give out information on many things to clear out confusions and to gain back their confidence in the Barisan. And slowly the people started to realize just how the state administration has abused its power in governing the state, and they are willing to change by voting for the Barisan in the next coming election to again bring back order and balance to the state, other than to have a better administration. 

My most active year is 2011, where I was involved in many activities both held by UMNO and residential committee. The following pictures and accompanying details explain:

With the Pemuda and Puteri members during Kem Jati Diri Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO SSLK
at Dusun Eco Resort on 23-24 July 2011.

While answering questions from the spectators after giving a speech
at Kem Jati Diri Pemuda dan Puteri UMNO SSLK 

While attending Rumah Terbuka Hari Raya Aidilfitri anjuran Gabungan 8910 SSLK,
an NGO that supports UMNO movement at my home area. I am also a member in this NGO.  

With Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO Gombak (3rd from left), Ketua UMNO Cawangan SSLK and Bendahari Perkasa Selangor, Datuk Haji Mohd Kassim Othman (blue shirt), Ketua Penerangan UMNO Gombak, Ismail Ahmad (3rd from right) and Exco Gabungan 8910, Tuan Sallehuddin Mashor (2nd from right) during Acara Mengacau Dodol anjurang Gabungan 8910 SSLK. 

With Datin Sharifah Salmah Syed Agil, Ketua Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Gombak during Acara Mengacau Dodol anjuran Gabungan 8910. This event involved 5 huge craters or kawahs of dodol and 50 participants. Each crater produced 50 to 60 kg of dodol to be donated to members and residents. 

My latest involvement. Taken during I was giving a speech representing UMNO Gombak to spectators from UMNO Gombak and UMNO Baling in Persidangan Meja Bulat Perwira UMNO held in Kuala Kangsar on 11-13 November 2011. 

With (from left) the Persidangan Meja Bulat Perwira UMNO program secretaria and an UMNO Veteran Pak Zawawi, an accompanying representative from UMNO SSLK who is also my psychological warfare specialist, Muhd Amin Sahak and Ketua Wira Perkasa Selangor, Mohd Nor Safar Mohd Darus. 

At this current moment, I am the assistant secretary of Pusat Daerah Mengundi (PDM) DUN Hulu Klang for the upcoming PRU13. I also have been given the responsibility as the Ketua Penerangan Pemuda UMNO SSLK and an UMNO cybertrooper along with Muhd Amin in the last picture above to work on the psychological warfare for PRU13. 

My involvement in UMNO aims at helping my generation to face the dog-eat-dog world by providing them with information and knowledge about Malaysia's political scene, other than to motivate the elderly to continue supporting the Barisan and the Youth. I am one of relatively very few Malays who are proceeding towards the world of higher academics by enrolling for a PhD. With my knowledge, I believe that I can be a good help towards the society by means of knowledge sharing, for I am aware that not many has the opportunity I've got. 

The government has helped me since I was born, and it is time for me to return the favor by improving the system for a better tomorrow. Although UMNO is a party specifically for the Malays, I offer help to anyone who comes to me regardless of their race. In Malaysia today, BN aims for a united Malaysia, hence 1Malaysia, in order to strengthen the nation's integrity and well-being. In fact I have offered many academical assistance to Malays and non-Malays, international students included, with my expertise to ensure their brighter tomorrows. As also a Barisan Nasional supporter, I have the responsibility to help Malaysians, and not only Malays, as long as it is within my capacity and does not compromise any of the government policy and people's harmony. 

My hopes are that Malaysians can live in peace despite our differences, and together we build a better Malaysia by doing something that matters to the country. We have seen so many people trying to destroy our nation, including our own people, and it is time for us to hold hands and make a change that leads to a long time harmony for the people and not only just for a small portion that may jeopardize the people as a whole. I don't believe that by changing the government as a whole will change anything. The oppositions cannot even control their own people nowadays, how can we give them the mandate to govern an entire nation? The existing government has been here for long as has since worked effectively. It only needs a few improvements here and there, and I am sure that by choosing for the Barisan, Malaysia will be ready for greater challenges of tomorrow.

Make a change. It starts today. 



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