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Direct Membership? Or is it BN Fan Club?

Posted by Oscar the Grouch on October 11, 2008

I was horrendously bored this early noon. The cluttered pile of academic text and research articles remain untouched, despite my university co-supervisor issuing a solemn formal caution against my months of failure to submit status reports on the progression of my thesis paper. “File in your reports so that I know your work is on track, or be prepared to be dropped from the programme,” she retorted to me with her unveiled threats.

Well, it doesn’t help with this blistering afternoon weather shining lazily towards the voluminous handbook on the dry subject of law. I am truly beaten and reduced to being an idle sloth in such languid climatic conditions.

I decided for a timeout. Watching the afternoon news, accompanied by my ole’ faithful hot mug of Nescafe appears a better option at that point of time. So there I was, scrolling transversely across the multiples of channels, until I hit the RTM1 news bulletin. Well, it has been some time since I’ve watched the local broadcast, I thought to myself earnestly.

“The Prime Minister has suggested allowing people to become members of Barisan Nasional without joining any component party,” says the newscaster. “Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said this would make the party more multiracial and allow those who love Barisan to get closer to the party,” added the pretty announcer.

Now, that’s news, I thought to myself. Is there anyone still in love with Barisan? Well, perhaps apart from Barisan themselves? But that’s self-love, so it doesn’t count. It’s somewhat like how self-gratification don’t make one score points. But that’s another matter altogether ;-).

But on a more serious note, I pondered on the issue of the legal status of Barisan Nasional, something which has been irritatingly bugging me for some time now. I have always wondered what Barisan Nasional is? My understanding is that BN is a coalition of a number of political parties in Malaysia. A swift click on Wikipedia search explains that:-

“Barisan Nasional (National Front or BN) is a major political coalition in Malaysia. Formed in 1973 as the successor to the Alliance (Parti Perikatan), it has ruled Malaysia uninterrupted (including the term of the Alliance) since independence. The coalition’s headquarters is located in the nation’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.”

Which sets me thinking, if Umno, MCA, MIC and the what-have-you-not are all registered as political parties under the umbrella of the Societies Act, is the Barisan Nasional also a political party in itself? Or is it an unregistered association without any recognized legal entity? If BN is merely a loosely formed unregistered coalition, then our dear Prime Minister is proposing direct membership to nowhere.

On this point, our dear Wiki explains that Barisan Nasional was actually registered as a political party. But on that account, Wiki hastens to explain that:-

“Although both the Alliance and Barisan Nasional registered themselves as political parties, membership was only possible indirectly through one of the constituent parties. In the Alliance, one could hold direct membership, but this was abolished with the formation of the Barisan Nasional. The Barisan Nasional defines itself as “a confederation of political parties which subscribe to the objects of the Barisan Nasional”.

This means, it is a registered political party for other political parties. Did I make sense on that bit? People can join a political party; that political party then joins the mother of all political parties. Sort of a mother ship. Somehow, that brings to mind on religion. To go to heaven, one must enlist to a religious faith, specifically entwined to that particular assigned spiritual messenger. But lo and behold, the PM announces a direct flight, transcending borders.

But, I knew, at the back of my mind, that such proposals would have its problems. A further google blog search reveals this rather interesting observation:-

“Pada zaman Parti Perikatan keahlian terus dibenarkan pada satu ketika tetapi selepas Barisan Nasional ditubuhkan keahlian terus tidak lagi digunapakai. Ini kerana Barisan Nasional terbentuk atas satu gabungan dari pelbagai parti politik. Sekiranya keahlian terus dibuka kepada semua rakyat Malaysia, maka Barisan Nasional perlu didaftarkan sebagai sebuah parti politik.”


Does make sense, I thought, as one can’t just change one’s entity just like that. BN is the mother ship, but it now wants to be an ordinary ship. This means it must: either, like what was proposed, re-register itself as an ordinary political party; or, alternatively, overhaul its whole constitution.

Several issues come to mind: if BN re-registers itself as a normal political party, thus allowing individuals to join, what then would be the position of the existing component parties. Surely, it cannot be expected of them to disband their organization and re-apply membership individually. On the other hand, if BN does allow direct membership by individuals without re-registering, thus maintaining the status quo position of the component parties, what then, I may ask, are the positions of these individual members? Who do they represent? Themselves, I presume. Who or what cause would each and every of them be championing for? Again, themselves, I presume. What menial tasks would these unimpressive members be assigned to? Can they expect to get positions as ministers, senators or sit on any committee?

Or perhaps it is what the Prime Minister had envisaged, and I quote again, “… this would make the party more multiracial and allow those who love Barisan to get closer to the party,”. Hmm, sounds fishy to me, as it borders more on “I love BN Fan club” membership than anything else. Perhaps, it is their way of getting more people to wave little I Luv U flags along the roadways while the Minister whizz pass in the gleaming Lexus. And along the way, these individual members can buy BN memorabilia and I’m a BN Fan t-shirt.

Well, it’s all rather perplexing to me at this scorching heat. It is a tad bit too hot to ponder on such dreary subjects. Let our outgoing PM contemplate over such things, he has a few months to do so.

By the way, I wonder if there is a Barisan Nasional coffee mug. To replace my existing one.



6 Responses to “Direct Membership? Or is it BN Fan Club?”

  1. Angry Taxpayer said

    LOL!!! You’ve def got me spinning after reading this 😛

    Seriously though, this is yet another stupid idea from the imbecile. I almost choked on my hot chocolate when I heard that moron and his proposal.

    For one thing, this proves that these people are still very much clueless as to why they’ve lost support from the Rakyat. Hint here Mr. Sleepy Head, it’s not about party membership!


  2. Madame said

    Hey, didnt KJ mention this a couple weeks ago? AAB is just following orders 😉

  3. Thank you for another insighful post! I admire your ability of pointing out (by blogging) little things that others don’t take the time to mention


  4. mauryaII said

    The BN goons have been in denial mode for a long time and are still clueless as to their G12 debacle. They have spewed forth a lot of sloganeering such as reinventing, rebranding, rejuvenating and such but they have failed to rectify their inherent warped up mindset.

    They used the ISA as if it was the panacea for all the ills in the BN government. They seem unable to see the wood from the trees and vice versa.

    They still do not understand the frustrations of all the marginalized Malaysians, not just the Malaysian Indians although they brought to the attention of all Malaysians as well as the whole world what the corrupt and power crazy BN has done to the poor citizens irrespective of race or religion.

    The old goat has exacerbated the dismal situation in the country by his unholy quest to topple the Sleepy Head not out of love for the country or the Malays (as he is prone to claim) but for some ulterior motive that only a mamak is capable of. Is the aim of the old goat to bolster the chances of his son becoming the head of UMNO youth and denying KJ, thus paving the way as a future PM? Only the crafty mamak knows.

    Asking the rakyat to join the BN Fan Club is idiotic. Who wants to be a fan of a sinking entity? When the rotten and rusting mother vessel is slowly sinking, aggravating it is the fight for control of the ship. Who in his right mind would even think of being a passenger on it?

    The anointed captain to be is another corrupt, philadering thief who is even accused of complicity in the murder of a foreign national. The proposed assistants are no better. One is a racist who thinks he is capable of steering the vessel on his own without outside help. Another is a known money smuggler. Still another who has jumped into the fray is a non-starter.

    Where will they take the country to? Nowhere safe and sound but to the cleaners especially when there is the wish from the corrupted to bring in the old crafty goat as an advisor.

    The mamak has even indicated whether he is invited or not as an advisor/mentor minister, he would still freely vent his racist vitriol to enhance the Bodohland that he created during his unfettered authoritarian rule.

    Only God in his infinite mercy can save this beautiful land.

  5. ian said

    We Dream with RPK — LET FREEDOM RING
    Upcoming: Anti-ISA Candle-light Vigil in PJ on Sunday, 19th October, 8pm

    Venue: Padang in front of Amcorp Mall, next to A&W Restaurant, Petaling Jaya (Map)
    Time: 8pm
    Date: Sunday, 19th October, 2008

    Please bring along your own candles & wear your RPK t-shirts; most importantly bring a friend. Let’s show our support to RPK & family, and all of the ISA detainees. T-shirts will be available for sale on-site subject to stock availability.

    Supporters of RPK & Malaysia-Today

    I HAVE A DREAM (excerpts)
    Martin Luther King Jr., at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28, 1963)

    But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force …

    … No, no we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

    I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive …

    I have a dream today.

    I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together …

    This is our hope … With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day …

    Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom to ring – when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children – black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics – will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

    Distribution statement: Accepted as part of the Douglass Archives of American Public Address ( on May 26, 1999. Prepared by D. Oetting (

    Permission is hereby granted to download, reprint, and/or otherwise redistribute this file, provided this distribution statement is included and appropriate point of origin credit is given to the preparer and Douglass.

  6. Be more prepared for the press freedom. The president for all bloggers wants false reporting, racist remark and incite racial tension to be included in the demand for press freedom.

    Freedom Of The Press, the way rockybru sees it.

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