Kuala Lumpur: Ongoing efforts by the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition to maintain its status quo come the 13th General Elections (PRU 13) needs to take into dire account the much-promised but scarcely-fulfilled political transformation program.
In what is being increasingly perceived by the party stalwarts as political transformation taking a back seat against socio-economic ones, the Najib-Muhyiddin leaderships are in a danger of alienating the coalition members at the grass root levels, come the crucial national elections.
Evidently, such a weakness is caused by one fundamental flaw: a lagging political leverage mechanisms caused by a generally weak political leadership within the vast Government bureaucracy at the Federal as well as State levels.
In what can be perceived as a glaring latter-day phenomena, the BN mandarins within the Government are somehow allowing themselves to play second fiddle to the civil servants, especially in decisions relating to development projects.
“In such a relationships now, things are such that credits normally goes to the civil servants whilst criticisms goes to the political leaders, hence the ruling parties they represents,” laments one veteran BN leader from the dominant UMNO.
He adds that such a phenomena is not only rife within the Federal bureaucracy but also within the BN-led states with increasing cases of State Exco members, assemblymen, Members of Parliament and even Menteris Besar and Chief Ministers receiving raw deals not only from the State Secretary offices but also from the lowly District Officers level.
In the run-up to the much-anticipated PRU 13, the writing is clearly on the walls.
The question now is for the Najib/Muhyiddin leaderships to firmly decide which is it going to be, the party, especially the dominant UMNO, controlling the Government or otherwise.