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Everyone spoke their mind at BN Council meeting September 10, 2008

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What is normally a cautious and guarded meeting became a tense and frank forum today as component leaders of Barisan Nasional arrived at the supreme council meeting ready to share a piece of their minds.

“In my 15 years as PPP president I have never experienced such a BN meeting. Today I saw different BN people speaking on sensitive issues that they are usually cautious with. Everyone spoke their mind,” said People’s Progressive Party President, Datuk M. Kayveas.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting was one of those who had a lot to say.

After giving a late press conference just before the supreme council meeting insisting that his party would ensure that Datuk Ahmad Ismail face the music for his alleged racial statements, he came out of the meeting saying that “our views have been taken seriously, there was a very frank and sincere discussion”.

Kayveas seemed pleased with the new turn of events, where component leaders could be so open in the high-powered meeting.

“People’s sentiments are now against BN, so it is time to speak up,” he added.

It was also obvious that Sabah- and Sarawak-based parties came to express their displeasure with Ahmad’s Malay chauvinism.

Coming from a land where Bumiputera does not mean Malay, they made known their views that Ahmad’s rallying call for Malays to unite in anger yesterday did not go down well.

It was a fact not lost on reporters that when Abdullah mentioned that Ahmad had incited anger in the rakyat, he specifically referred to “non-Bumis and Bumis from Sabah and Sarawak”.

For now, Umno is on the retreat with the constant threat of crossovers looming large, given the constant calls from the grassroots for parties like Gerakan and MCA to leave the coalition.

Ironically, if this results in a more equitable partnership in what has always been an Umno-dominated coalition, it would all have been thanks to one man’s chauvinistic racial statements.

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