Najib for No.1, Muhyiddin for No.2

UMNO Vice President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin is clearly ‘demarking his territory’, especially in the current times of weak Leadership that needed to be filled within UMNO. He announced that he is ready to be pitted in the top two post within the UMNO hierarchy.

Sunday May 11, 2008

Muhyiddin says he’s ready to move up, slams quota system

By PAUL GABRIEL

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has come out with the strongest indication yet that he would be contesting one of the top two positions in the December party polls.

He said he had received a lot of feedback from “grassroots, advisers and proposers” who told him that it was time to move up the party hierarchy. As vice-president, “a move up” would mean a challenge for the deputy presidency or presidency.

The International Trade and Industry Minister, who hit out at the party’s restrictive quota system which prevented members from contesting for posts without a specific number of nominations, said he would consider many things, including having to face “incumbents and the powers-that-be”, before making a decision.

”It is not an easy decision to make. But people say (to me): ‘You have been vice-president for three terms. Now you have to look at something else’.

“I think I will make the right decision, hopefully, when the time comes,’’ he told The Star in an interview at his ministry office (see above).

The 61-year-old Muhyiddin, who was first elected vice-president in 1993, described himself as an innovator and “someone who would not take things lying down.”

Referring to the party’s quota system, he said: “It is undemocratic. I would like Umno to go back to where it was before … allow whoever wants to contest to contest.

“One nomination, a proposer and seconder, like in the (general) election, that’s it. Why should the position of party president be so sacred, sacrosanct ? that nobody can challenge? “This is against the spirit of democracy,’’ he stressed.

Muhyiddin, who is also the party’s Constitution Committee chairman, said most members had rejected the quota system during a feedback exercise conducted by him previously.

“(This is) because the quota system actually promotes money politics,’’ he added.

Prime Minister and party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said last month that the 30% quota of support from divisions for the president’s post, 20% for deputy president and 10% for vice-presidents would stay despite calls for its abolition by some party members.

On Abdullah’s decision to defend his presidency in the Umno polls, Muhyiddin said it was his prerogative and right to do so.

“But there are people who want to contest against him, they, too, are exercising their democratic right.

“At the end of the day, it is the delegates who will decide. The leaders don’t decide, it’s always the delegates, and we have got a process of elections,” he added.

This was done at the eve of UMNO’s 62nd anniversary. The weak leadership allowed so much speculations of void needed to be filled as UMNO faces its lowest ebb in a long history as a Malay nationalist party, which had been illustrious until PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over the helm.

In ‘filling the void’, UMNO traditions should be preserved as the party house 3.2 million members and any disruptions or in medical terms, ‘insult’ against the ‘system’ would have a magnifying affect that is far reaching. UMNO has seen that the party was seriously factionalised to the middle when there is a strong Leadership challenge, as per April 1987. This even lead to the disappointed party members challenging the results having to dissolve UMNO via legal means and processes.

Hence, UMNO should nominate leaders within party hierarchy to do these necessary changes that the grassroot (representing the rakyat) so much wanted and keep the tradition of ‘management succession’ intact, for stability and continuity’s sake.

The demand for changes in the party is very strong and grassroot talk about ‘Leadership shift’. It strongly suggest UMNO members aspire that another UMNO leader immediately take over the helm and stewardship of the party and get over with the business of ‘fixing the house’, in order to regain the confidence and thus, support which clearly diminished in the 12th General Elections.

Therefore, on the 62nd UMNO celebrations in championing the Malay nationalism cause, we at BigDogDotCom would like to propose at the 16-20 December UMNO General Assembly:

It seemed that The Star reporting is not true. After UMNO 62nd Celebrations at PWTC this morning, UMNO Vice President denied making a statement that he is ready to be nominated to the no. 1 and no. 2 place in the party.

Bernama.com has the report:

Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak as the President of UMNO

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin as the Deputy President if UMNO

*Update @ 1045pm

It seemed that The Star reporting is not true. After UMNO 62nd Celebrations at PWTC this morning, UMNO Vice President Tan Sri Muhyiddin denied making a statement that he is ready to be nominated to the no. 1 and no. 2 place in the party.

Bernama.com has the report:

May 11, 2008 20:44 PM

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 (Bernama) — Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has denied that he will be contesting the party president or deputy president’s post.

“No. I have not mentioned it (contesting the post),” he told reporters after a function to celebrate Umno’s 62nd anniversary at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here today.

Muhyiddin, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, made the denial in response to a front-page report in ‘The Star’ which said that he might go for one of the top two posts in the December party elections if he receives grassroot support.

In the report, he was quoted as saying that he had received a lot of feedback from the grassroots, advisers and proposers who told him that it was time for him to move up the party hierarchy.

Muhyiddin who had tried to avoid the reporters waiting for him at the PWTC but was cornered, said he had not made any decision with regards to his position in the party.

“I did not say that I would be contesting any post (during the newspaper interview). In the current situation, everybody is focusing on the party.” Muhyiddin, who is Pagoh Umno division chief, said it was still a long way for him to decide whether to contest any post as the party elections would only start in July (at the branch level).

Asked whether he would contest a higher post if there were enough nominations, Muhyiddin said: “It’s not time yet (to decide), still a long way. Let the delegates decide.”

— BERNAMA

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  1. […] asked to comment on UMNO Vice President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin’s statement on his readiness to contest as the …, “Encouraging statement. Others should also express their views openly”. When asked to clarify, […]

  2. Kalo Pak Tidor tak step down, then I’m curious if Najib will challenge or not.

    If not i think Najib pun skali bungkus with a Ku Li and Muhiyiddin tagteam.

  3. Sudah lama menantikan sesuatu dari Muhyiddin Yassin..
    Finally he made it…

    Bersama-sama menyokong seseorang yang boleh menyelamatkan UMNO dan Melayu serta Malaysia dari kejatuhan..

    UMNO
    PERJUANGAN BELUM SELESAI
    DULU KINI SELAMANYA
    HIDUP UMNO !!!
    HIDUP MELAYU!!!

    *bigguy hopefully you can add up my link…

  4. Ku LI -Presiden
    Muhyiddin- Tim Presiden.
    Najib terlalu cautious and play safe. Sometimes a leader must take some risks.Does he has too many skeletons in the closet?

    Does it mean when someone is not ready to stake his claim, he has skeletons in his closet?

    Isn’t that non scientific deductions made on baseless and in-adducible evidence, otherwise?

    History already recorded that during his late father’s, it was other people who went against Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra and showed him the way out. Tun Razak just sat around and looked pretty. The moment he took over, he knew exactly what to do.

    Then we saw how NEP was formed out of consensus by ALL political parties (incl Gerakan BUT MINUS DAP!) in 1971 and BN was formalised in 1973.

    Some people have their reasons why the choose to remain quiet, a little longer than we wanted them to

  5. kalau dikatakan pak lah harus turun kerana mengikut tradisi yang dirintis oleh dato onn jaafar, diikuti oleh ytm tunku, tun hussein onn dan ybhg. tun dr. mahathir, maka penggantinya pun haruslah mengikut tradisi juga iaitu timbalan yang sedang berkhidmat, iaitu dato seri najib. walau bagaimanapun, sesuatu yang perlu disedari, secara tradisi, peralihan pimpinan didahului oleh peralihan kuasa, sebagaimana yang dirintis oleh ytm tunku yang meletakkan jawatan perdana menteri dan menaikkan tun razak sebagai perdana menteri. tun razak kemudian melantik tun hussein onn sebagai timbalan perdana menteri, yang seterusnya dipilih sebagai timbalan presiden umno. tun hussein onn pun melepaskan jawatan perdana menteri kepada timbalannya, dr mahathir yang kemudiannya melantik musa hitam sebagai timbalan perdana menteri. apabila pemilihan umno tiba, perwakilan tidak keliru untuk menyokong calon mana bagi jawatan timbalan presiden. tun dr. mahathir juga melepaskan jawatan perdana menteri kepada pak lah, yang kemudian melantik datuk seri najib sebagai timbalan perdana menteri. kedua-dua mereka kemudian terpilih untuk menjawat presiden dan timbalan presiden umno.

    jadi kalau pak lah mahu berpegang kepada tradisi yang baik itu, beliau harus melepaskan jawatan perdana menteri kepada timbalannya sebelum pemilihan parti diadakan. dan nama timbalan perdana menteri hendaklah diumumkan sebelum pemilihan parti dijalankan bagi memudahkan perwakilan membuat pilihan. umno akan terus kuat sebagaimana dahulu sekiranya tradisi yang baik itu terus diamalkan dengan ikhlas.


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