The horn of war is sounded and the battle will begin at any moment from now!
It is the message conveyed by the Umno general assembly.
The message is clear, namely the general election will be coming soon.
Umno's objective is also very clear, that is, to win and not to lose power.
Therefore, as the Deputy Prime Minister and Umno Deputy President, Tan Sri Mihyuddin Yassin said that Umno must defend the country's diversified political landscape while Umno members should not hate other races, slander other religions and question other cultures.
Therefore, as the Prime Minister, as well as the head of Umno and the BN, Datuk Seri Najib Razak warned that Umno will face a tragedy if it does not recognise the reality. He also reminded BN members to revitalise and unite.
Amidst the rumble of artillery fire, the DAP has become the attacking target. Umno has more or less revealed its strategy.
It might be a campaign strategy drawn by Umno after it recognised the latest situation following the Sarawak state election.
Umno is very clear that instead of the PKR and PAS, its biggest political enemy at the moment is the DAP.
Umno is also very clear that instead of Malay and Indian votes, it has most difficulty in gaining Chinese votes.
Therefore, it has neglected the PKR and PAS and targeted only on the DAP, portraying the DAP as the enemy of the Malays and Islam. It is fully in line with the strategy needs.
The problem is, such a strategy is actually a double-edged sword. Attacking the DAP might on the one hand awaken the sense of crisis of the Malays but on the other hand, it might also make non-Malays feel uneasy. Particularly, Malay rights group Perkasa might take the opportunity to display its strength and it would deepen the people's worry.
Of course the DAP will not stand still. It will do everything it can to fight back against all the accusations.
However, when the war of words begins, any indiscreet remarks would lead to misfire. It is what we are worrying about.
As observed, less radical speeches could be found in the Umno general assembly this time. However, less does not mean no. Some people still touched on racial issues in their speeches.
What we are most worried about is, some people might manipulate racial sentiment to achieve victory.
Instead of worrying that politicians might not see the problem and the potential crisis, we are more worried that some people might still want to take the risk even though they are clear enough about the danger of doing so. Once it happens, it will be the greatest curse of democracy. It will also be the beginning of a tragedy.
Regrettably and terribly, many politicians always point a finger to call others racists but forget that the remaining four fingers are actually pointing to themselves. These politicians also always resort to racism during crisis. They might eventually turn the tide and win the election, but have actually destroyed racial harmony, costing the country and the people a heavy price!
Politicians must always bear in mind that the same knife cuts bread and fingers!