It's good that Umno Youth chief Datuk Hishamuddin Hussein Onn has apologised for his keris waving action. It had generated much ill-feelings and it caused a massive loss of votes for the Barisan Nasional.
But Umno Youth leaders have to realise that while they represent the Malays, they need to realise as the backbone of the Barisan, they also represent the rest of Malaysians. They can't deliver fiery communal speeches and expect non-Malays to keep silent.
It would be disastrous if any party - Umno, MCA, MIC, PAS, DAP or PKR - think that the way to strengthen themselves is to remain communal. Or more communal or more religious.
The days of being racial champions are over. Stoking up the racial fire will not deliver votes, please wake up.
One perplexed MB said he had delivered what he wanted for the Chinese in his state and yet they voted for the opposition. He didn't know why as he said he had delivered.
No one has told him that national issues such as the keris episode and the arrogance of some Umno leaders were major factors. It was beyond his control.