This is good news for many party members as after a period of over six months, where the party was busy with its internal affairs, the party will now see a new set of leaders charting the course for the party. Necessary reforms for the party can now take place very soon for the betterment of not just the party, but the country and her political landscape as a whole.It is a known fact that the party had performed poorly in the last general election. Many, both internally and externally, have speculated over the cause of the downfall of this party which has a rich 64-year-old history. I think the main factor behind the party's dismal performance was that the party had deviated further and further away from its founding objectives and core values.
Amongst the party's main objectives and core values is the struggle for, and realisation of, a fair and just society. This objective of the party is found at the final part of the party's song, which all the party members sing frequently at the party's official functions.
Despite this noble and utmost important cause that the party is meant to fight for, it is most unfortunate that many leaders and members of the party did not realise our ultimate struggle and aim.
Over the years, the party has become less and less of a political party. Instead of aiming to achieve certain causes, we were busy looking for more funding for the likes of Chinese primary schools, temples, guilds and what not. These are things which should have been inherent in the system if we have fought for and achieved a fair and just society envisioned by the founders of our party. We are thus becoming more of a welfare club, instead of a political party, when we are looking at ways to enhance the personal interests and benefits of party members vide insurance scheme and education funds for party members.
The new set of leaders elected by the party delegates of its three wings next week must thus be leaders who have clear visions to reform the party. In particular, those elected to lead the party must set a clear course for the betterment of the party and the nation as a whole.We should go back to the root struggle of the party, but how are we to do it?
For a start, we must defend the rule of law and uphold the constitutional rights of all Malaysians. These will set the backbone, and serve as the guiding principle, for the party's fight for social justice or any other cause. And until our party leaders and members understand the importance of the same, we cannot claim that we are fighting for or defending the rights Malaysians.
For now, the ball is in the court of the party members. Hopefully, the party members will choose a new set of party leaders who will lead the party into a new era, to make a difference for the betterment of the nation and the people.
> The views expressed are entirely the writer's own.