We are reminded of Shakespeare's play Macbeth when the soothsayer gave warning of 'Beware the Eyes ( ides) of March' meaning of course the assassination of the Roman dictator in 44BC. on the 15th of the month.
This March 2008 aptly struck a mighty blow too. A whooping knock out to say the least to the ruling coalition party of BN ( Barisan Nasional) in Malaysia. Shakespeare's phrase or metaphor has come to mean an 'impending doom' or to symbolize political intrigue, murder and a lust for power. Yet what does it mean to us? We decide what we want it to represent.
Already the perceptible signs are there. There is a call for 'restructuring' , 'reinventing' and surely 'retirement' to say the least. The ground swells must develop into a force to bring about an immediate and urgent change and re engineering to make the federal BN government a mighty force to keep phase with the opposition led parties in five states of the federation. UMNO has been the source of strength to the Malays. It cannot wait to procrastinate. It is URGENT that full energy is throttled to revive strength and geared for the next five years. Leadership with beliefs, in no equivocal term must take force to bring about confidence, trust to the thousands of members. Surely a golden anniversary of achievements celebrated recently cannot be left in the doldrums, to flounder in the mire of shortcomings, miscalculations and failed leadership.
Leadership in the new government of five states including Kelantan hopefully will give and keep their promises while assuring fairness to all.