Shahziman and Norza lost at Branch level

UMNO Branch meetings already started since mid July. Several Branches already held the meetings. However there are more to come as there are 22,000 Branches to hold their meetings before the UMNO Divisions started their meetings, in the run up to the leadership party elections during the Annual General Meeting 16-20 December 2008.

So far, there are already surprises. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah already got 30 nominations from Kota Belud UMNO Division Branches alone. Muar Division Branches also gave him some nominations as well.

The more interesting development is UMNO Supreme Council (MT UMNO) members failing to get a position in their own Branches. Multimedia and Communications Minister Dato’ Shahziman Abu Mansor and former Finance Minister II Political Secretary Dato’ Mohd. Norza Zakaria failed to be voted as Branch Head in their own turf, Tampin and Wangsa Maju respectively. Both also so far to get nominations for the post of Head at their respective Divisions. Norza is the UMNO Youth Head for Wilayah Persekutuan and 2004 party elections, his withdrawal made way for Khairy Jamaluddin to ascend as UMNO Youth Vice Head uncontested.

The writings on the wall, illustrating grassroots’ deep dissatisfaction against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi leadership is very apparent, despite the announcement of ‘Power Transition Plan’ on 10 July 2008, which is supposed to materialise by June 2010. The ‘Meet The Leadership’ sessions, which first started in April organised by the party and then taken over by an agency under the Information Ministry, JASA ,maybe not have the desirable effect intended for. On top of these strong sentiments blasted by some grassroot members, the Management Committee of MT UMNO which had since April actively meeting Division level leaders at almost all UMNO State Liaisons organised meetings also got adverse feelings on party’s performance in the 8 March General and Elections and where the party is going.

This failure of very pro-PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and closely linked to Khairy Jamaluddin leaders within UMNO at their own turf is an indication that the party must reform its leadership and absorb the feelings and sentiments of the grassroot more. However, some pro-PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah leaders at UMNO State Liaison level like Selangor and Melaka is putting up a totally inaccurate sentiment of the UMNO grassroots in wanting PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah to stay on beyond this December party polls.

*Updated information

It seems that the Tampin Division has not finished its entire process of nomination. Shahziman is still running for the Division Head

Published in: on July 29, 2008 at 16:07  Comments (19)