I attended the launching of Prof Khairil Anas's first book of a series of 4, on the Evolution of Leadership Theories & studies by the Deputy Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Shangri La Hotel, Putrajaya today on 18 August 2009.
At the function, I met some old and made many new friends, mostly from UMNO. I also met many 'Facebook Friends' for the first time although we regularly interacted on Facebook.
I discovered many politicians whom are my regular blog followers... thank you for the support.
Everybody at the function are UMNO loyalist and being a loyalist, some were quite offended with some of my blog posting... which I am grateful for the sincere remark... unlike some hypocritical politicians whom acted as a 'bro' in front.. then back-stabbed or threw stone then hide akin of anonymous blogger.
I am glad those that knew me (although for the first time), approached, spoke and clarified with me on some of my sensitive blog posts. My blog post was never meant to be offensive and if taken positively, it can be in capitalised in our favour.
A more diplomatic friends that came forward, asked which UMNO division am I attached to? but a more blunt question threw at me was... "if I am for or against UMNO?" "Reading through my blog, I do not sounded UMNO..." A few friends further added. Looking at both the defensive and offensive mode of some friends, I will avoid mentioning their name and will only refer to him as HE or Them.
There are so many questions and issues that needed clarification but to understand, we have to travel a decade back. I never thought of becoming active in UMNO until I met Dato Seri Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo whom was then the Selangor Chief Minister and his aide Datuk Dr Karim Hj Mansor at an official Proton function almost a decade ago. A day after that function, I received a call from Dr Karim, whom asked me to meet him at the Chief Minister's office the following day.
At the Chief Minister's office, I was asked to be actively involved in politic which I hesitated as I knew little about politic but after an hour, I was made to belief that UMNO needed younger leaders and barely 26 years old then, I fit his criteria... and so said Dr Karim but I declined diplomatically citing lack of exposure in politic as the main reason and asked for a grace period to deliberate.
I called and met a good friend, Dato Farid Ariffin (President MAKNA) and seek his advice. Farid strongly advised against going into Politic and asked to concentrate in business instead. I spoke to other close friends and other politicians as well as my dad and many encourages it though some strongly objected.....
After much deliberation, I called, met and spoke over and over again with Dr Karim. I said, I do not have any ambition in politic but I want to serve UMNO which Dr Karim explained the many ways to serve. Being in UMNO branch is a long process to be in power, explained Dr Karim. There are shorter way but I needed to be at the division level which again I hesitated. I did not want to create any unnecessary enemy, I did not have any ambition to be a politician. I just wanted to serve UMNO being a product of UMNO/Barisan Nasional government's policies.
Disappointed with my decision, Dr Karim suggested that I should at least open up my own UMNO branch, which although reluctant, I said yes. Dr Karim said, 'if I have no immediate ambition to be at division, then I should be in Puchong and support YB Dato Satim Diman whom was a very established Division chief, and controls one of the most stable division'. Dato Satim is a legend in UMNO and undefeated for many years in Serdang/Puchong and I should support him. Having a small business in Puchong, I agree to support Dato Satim.
And so the birth of my first direct exposure in political circle... via Dr Karim & Dr Khir Toyo whom first adopted me into UMNO circle almost a decade ago. I quickly gathered most of my family members, relatives, staff and business associates in Puchong to be registered as an UMNO member under my soon to be established UMNO branch with a simple resolution to eradicate 'Unemployment' in Puchong. Within less than a month, I submitted the application to set-up a new branch with the list of 111 young and eager professionals as a new members at the new proposed branch. Their membership was fully paid with the application. 90% of the names submitted was not yet an UMNO member.
Until today, I cant find any UMNO division that could stood proud to claim their division or constituency has zero unemployment. In fact, I do not think the division even had or monitors the unemployment statistic. I brainstormed and completed a 1-5 year plan to achieve the resolution. I cannot disappoint Dr Karim whom had invested alot of his time then to make me understand politic, I thought to myself... and thought further, it was the least that I could do for UMNO.
Being eager and enthusiastic, within less than a month later, with the help of Amir Shafi I met almost all of Dato Satim's Division & Youth exco members and communicated the plan to achieve the 'zero unemployment' resolution under my proposed UMNO branch... via business and employment opportunity capitalising from the government assistant for SMEs.
Unfounded rumours quickly spread and existing exco felt unease and threatened. I only wanted my own small umno branch having agreed with Dr Karim to serve umno. The rumours brought a few division, youth exco members and supporters seeking for my clarifation if I had any intention to go forward to division. Some unnecessarily pledged support which I immediately brushed out but some too came to threat, pre-warned and re-clarified my stand (again and again), including the Deputy Division chief then, Dato Hasnan Wahid. I re-clarified and re-iterate my only interest is in my small umno branch and none at division.
After various inquiries and follow up on the status of my new branch formation without success, Ir Rosly who was then in-charge of new branch application and membership (now Dato Satim's division Vice-Chief) ran out of reasoning to give.. At one junture, he said the division had endorsed my application and my Branch file was forwarded to UMNO State office and a week later he changed his statement and said my application was still under review....? Weeks and months passed by and finally, a year after submission, I was informed that both the application file and the membership fees submitted to formed the new branch went missing and dissappeared. I spoke again to both Dr karim and Dato Satim without success and gathered mine and the new members as well as the establishment of my new branch was not welcome. I did not re-submit my application but that marked the end of that episode. Since then, it has been all about business and had lost contact with all friends from UMNO Serdang/Puchong including Dr Karim... except for Ariffin Osman and Amir Shafi whom I occasionally contacted.
Now, almost a decade later, and for already a decade, I became an enthusiast observer and a strong 'external' supporter instead. I am still passionate with UMNO and Barisan National election manifest and resolutions. If there existed any weaknesses within UMNO, it should be debated within UMNO and should not be politicized by the opposition whom standalone, does not even have any pragmatic future direction.
So to answer those inquires from many friend's email, on Facebook and those that I met at Prof Anas's book launching.... yes, there is no doubt of my support for UMNO and will not join any other party although I had my share of very bad experiences with setting up an UMNO branch... but bygones remain bygones. It is a decade later but I am with UMNO and always will. There is no future in the opposition... they are good at picking on UMNO's weaknesses without any pragmatic or own vision... unlike the Vision 2020 that I am still very passionate about.
and again, my apology for almost a decade of silence to those whom supported me in opening up the UMNO branch way back in 2002... I never had the opportunity to clarify and apologized individually to all. When I check @ UMNO ONLINE REGISTRATION via the IC number submitted during the branch application submission, majority are still a non-umno member. I trust you have remained neutral and did not join the opposition.... or did you?
Although my branch file was lost with Dato Satim's official, copies of all documentations are still intact. Am I still interested to open an umno branch..? No, I am not interested but I will be a strong and aggressive supporter to UMNO though I wont blindly agree on everything. Some of the members in the proposed branch was unknown to me but was brought in by other pro-tem committee members. The list of 111 members that was previously submitted is as follows:
|PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF UMNO CAWANGAN PUSAT BANDAR PUCHONG 2002|
|1||ARMIN BANIAZ PAHAMIN|
|2||NOOR ARMAN PUTRA MAHADI|
|3||NOOR ERVIN SHAHRIZ DATUK NORDIN|
|4||F. R. RAZDEAN|
|5||KHAIRUL ANNUAR HASHIM|
|6||AHMAD KHAIRIE ZULKIFLI|
|8||AL JAZZURA KHAN|
|9||MOHD SOBRI BIN JAAFAR|
|10||AHMAD NAZMI BIN ABDUL RAHMAN|
|12||AZAIDI BIN MOHD LAZIM|
|14||IZHAM BIN ISMAIL|
|15||OSNY SHU-HARRY SHUIB|
|17||MOHD IDHAM BIN ISMAIL|
|18||SHARFATEN ANIZA BINTI MD KASSIM (via Apeq)|
|19||AZIZAN BIN ABDUL AZIZ (via Apeq)|
|21||SHARIFAH RAFIAH BINTI SYED YAHYA|
|22||NAWAL RAFEZA BINTI ZULKIFLI|
|23||HAFIZ BIN KAMMEL RIZA|
|24||MOHD KHAIRUL ANUAR|
|26||JUNAIDAH BINTI YUSOF|
|28||MUZAFIQ AFFYULZAIFUZAN BIN MUHAMMAD (via Apeq)|
|29||DATO' PAHAMIN A RAJAB|
|32||MAHMUD BIN ABDULLAH|
|33||ISKANDAR ZULFIKAR ALI BHUTTO|
|36||TREESNA AZURA DATO' JOHAR|
|37||MALYANNA ABDUL MALIK|
|40||ZAHARAH BINTI ABU JOHAN|
|41||TG MUZZAMMIL TG MAKRAM|
|42||JAMAL BIN JOHARI|
|43||MOHD FAIZUL SIDI AHMAD|
|44||TENGKU FAIRA EDNA TENGKU ISKANDAR|
|47||NORAZLIA BINTI AHMAD|
|48||MOHAMED @ MAHMOOD BIN MOHD NOR|
|49||WAN ZAHARI BIN HANAF|
|50||MOHD NAZRUL IZAM BIN MANSOR|
|51||WAN ROSMADIY BIN WAN YUSOF|
|52||MOHAMAD AZAM BIN YUNUS|
|53||AZMI BIN MOHAMAD|
|54||ENA NOOR RASHIDA BIN ABDUL RASHID|
|55||FAKIRUDDIN ALI AHMAD BIN ABU BAKAR|
|56||NORHAIZAN BINTI ABD SHUKOR|
|57||ABDUL MUHAIMIN BIN NASIR|
|58||MOHAIZAR BIN MOHAMAD|
|59||NIK IZYAN BT NIK ISMAIL|
|60||MARWAN BIN MOHD NOOR|
|61||MOHD FAIDZHIR IDRIS|
|62||MOHD LUQMAN HAKIM BIN ABDULLAH|
|63||NAWAL AINI BINTI ZULKIFLI|
|64||NURAZURA BINTI KHALILI|
|67||NIK MOHD IZAFIZAL BIN HAJI NIK ISMAIL|
|68||JOHAR MOHD YUSOFF|
|70||SYED HASRIL ALYAHYA BIN SYED SAPIAA|
|71||MOHD RHIZA DATO' GHAZI|
|72||CHE NOR HAYATI BTE CHE BACHIK|
|73||NOOR SYAHIRA SURYA DATO' NOORDIN|
|74||HAR ZANI AZMI PROBITAS|
|75||AHMAD RAFIQ ZULKIFLI|
|77||ED SIMOR KHAN|
|78||MOHD HAZLI ZAKARIA|
|79||ZAHARI BIN HANAFI|
|81||DR AZHAR ISHAK|
|82||MOHD AZMI HJ SIDEK|
|83||MOHD AIDIL BIN DAUD|
|84||RAZI KHAN BIN RASHID|
|85||MOHD ZULKIFLI ABD JALIL (MENS REVIEW)|
|87||MOHD ZAIDI BIN ALI (via arman)|
|88||MOHD ZAKI ALIAS (via ARMAN)|
|89||RAFIQ KHAN BIN AKBAR KHAN (via DR AZHAR)|
|90||TABIRA BIN TAHIR (via DR AZHAR)|
|91||NIK SAZHANI RAJA ABDULLAH (cia DR AZHAR)|
|92||AZLI BIN NORDIN (via dr azhar)|
|93||MOHD AINUL HAKEEM BIN RAMLEE|
|94||ZAI MUNIRA ABDUL RASHID|
|95||NURIN MOHD NOOR (via osny)|
|96||ADE KADRIS ABDUL RAHMAN|
|98||NIK AIDIL MARIA NIK SAPEIA|
|99||FARIHAN HATMI BIJURI|
|100||MUHAMMAD FARID SULAIMAN|
|101||NOOR HISYAM B. SABRALMULISI|
|102||MOHD ZAINI AHMAD|
|103||ANIS HAFIZA HASSAN|
|104||NOREEN RASLINDA RASHID|
|106||MOHD KHAIRI HASSAN|
|107||ABDULLAH ABDUL WAHAB|
|109||MOHD HAFIZOL OMAR|
|110||NURUL HISHAM B. ISMAIL|
|111||GHAZALAINI BIN GHAZALI|
Last but not least, a special CONGRATULATION to Prof. Hj Khairil Anas on a well written book. The launching was smooth, well-planned and well-organised. It is great to meet old friends from the same circle. I had known Anas for almost 15 years since we were in United Kingdom and although successful, he remained as humble. I am always proud to see my friends and peers succeed in their field and specialty. I am still writting my books but was delayed by endless work and business schedule.... ya ya yaa... i know.. same reason.
The "educational background" of other politicial party Youth exco members are still a "Work In Progress" but is on my list of priority.