The ghosts in the corridors of power

By Sun Line

It is Taoist belief that in the seventh month of the Chinese calendar spirits of the departed are set free to roam to seek worldly pleasure, and to settle unfinished business.

In the political world, the hungry ghosts in the BN coalition have, since GE12, realised that their sudden death was due to the arrogance of public enemy number one, Umno.

Privately or otherwise, coalition leaders of all ranks have acknowledged while they have not done enough for the betterment of the country, their eunuch-ness is because since the forced evolution of the Alliance to the Barisan Nasional, Umno has muscled itself from status of 'first among equals' to 'first and foremost'.

If that wasn't bad enough, post-Op Lalang, business cronies became Umno's unofficial coalition partners as it transforms from a Malay nationalist movement into a fascist-capitalist entity.

Needless to say, from the late 80s to today, Umno's only gift to the Malays is the creation of a artificial middle class burdened with second mortgages and hefty credit cards repayments while the fat cats move into exclusive neighbourhoods.

And while Umno began to control every spheres of our life, coalition partners were just there to make up the numbers.

And when the political bubble finally popped on March 8 last year, Umno's full birthday suit and little willy was exposed to the world as its coalition partners fell like 10 pins and Umno staggered past the post with a black eye and several missing teeth.

March 8, 2008 marks the day when the BN, for all intents and purposes, is pronounced dead and Umno rules alone.

Coalition partners, now like hungry ghosts, wander around like headless chicken not knowing how to get past the King of Hades.

While the public can beat the gongs, burn hell bank notes and stage raunchy operas for these political ghosts, no one can really help them unless they unshackle themselves and exorcise Umno from the political landscape.

In the meantime, when you hear creepy voices at night, fear not for that's probably just Ong Tee Keat, Samy Vellu and Koh Tsu Koon on TV and radio, brought to you courtesy of Umno Sdn Bhd.

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