My late father was the principal spokesman for UMNO, as an Information Chief and when he was SG of UMNO. From the initial stage of Malaya's independence and subsequently the formation of Malaysia, the leadership of the Alliance and BN by the Malays was never popular with the western diplomats, the foreign media and the non-Malay opposition parties. They created negative perceptions about the country and made all kinds of negative comments and criticisms. The Malay leaders who openly spoke for the betterment of the Malays would be branded as ultras.. Leaders who championed the cause of the non-Malays would be viewed as true Malayan or Malaysian. This was the environment and landscape that my father would make the voice of UMNO, alliance and BN loud and clear. He defended the party leadership and position until his last breath of fresh air. His loyalty to the party was absolute though he might have strong differences at times with Tunku, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein and Tun Mahathir and other leaders but that was for the good of the party and government. He was idealistic to promote that the party should be in control of the government on the basis that if the party is strong the government is sustainable at the polls. Of course a lot of things have changed and the party moves with the dictate of time. A small reminder about loyalty and faithfulness.
FBSHApost@5 March 2016