Today’s MT UMNO: Do or die?

Now is so clear why DPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak ditched his first opportunity to address the UN General Assembly in New York, a chance to highlight himself as a global leader. UMNO Supreme Council called for a special meeting to be convened this evening.

The Star has the story:

Friday September 26, 2008

Umno top guns likely to discuss transition plan

By SHAHANAAZ HABIB, V.P. SUJATA and IZATUN SHARI

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will convene a special supreme council meeting today.

While most council members remained tightlipped or claimed ignorance of the reason for the meeting, it is expected that discussions would centre on the issue of the transition of power between party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The meeting comes after reports of four-eyed meetings between the two top leaders over the past few days.

The meeting will start at 10am at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Najib confirmed yesterday that the meeting would be held but refused to elaborate.

During a press conference for the People’s Friendly Housing Scheme, Najib told the eager pressmen that “all political questions” would be answered after today’s meeting.

Asked if he had met Abdullah to discuss the power transition plan, Najib replied:

“l always meet and brief the Prime Minister. Sometimes, it is on a daily basis and sometimes more than once a day.”

Supreme council member Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said:

“The meeting was called all of a sudden, it must be about something important. One can’t help but speculate that it has something to do with the succession plan.”

Nazri believed the meeting was called to prevent any “untoward outcome” which might disturb the succession plan.

“I suspect there will be discussions on it and a compromise will be reached,” he added.

Nazri said there were two views with regards to the succession plan.

He said people on the ground were already talking about the possibility of party elections, due to be held in mid-December, being postponed to the middle of next year.

“So I expect a compromise,” he said.

Vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there could be a possibility that the annual assembly would be postponed to June next year.

Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib also confirmed the meeting.

He however said he was not certain what would be on the agenda.

At the Umno supreme council meeting previous Thursday, the issue of Abdullah stepping down sooner was brought up, although during the press conference later, he said both he and Najib remained committed to the transition plan.

Why? The last meeting Supreme Council Meeting met two weeks ago and there aren’t really other pertinent or pressing issues that it cannot wait until the next one. It is rather odd that UMNO Leadership called for another meeting within so short span of time where there is no real crisis.

(Unless we all willing to conclude that the strong MT UMNO members, include the Vice Presidents lashed out against their President two Thursday ago and strongly ‘telling him off’ and ‘showing him the door’, is considered a “crisis”)

Then again, this is no longer about the party. It is about prolonging someone’s job a little while longer with deception and another make believe story which the grass root no longer can stomach. Then again, these sordid attempts would not go without the usual ‘Riong Kali generated spins’.

Some people really hoped that the President PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will announce his withdrawal from the Leadership and a sooner date as compared to the one announced on 10 July 2008, where the ‘Power Transition’ would take effect only by June 2010. However, many skeptics really reserve their bets on this, especially four days before Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Will there be wool pulled someone’s eyes?

Deputy President DPM Najib, Vice Presidents Muhyiddin Yasin, Rafidah Aziz, Hishamuddin Hussein, Ali Rustam & the remaining MT UMNO who are for the Perjuangan: Please do the right thing. Redeem whatever shred of dignity and integrity is left for the rest of the rakyat to still have respect on us. Now, it is “clear and present danger”!

Dulu, kini dan selamanya

P/S Or is it now left only as a cliche’……..

Published in: on September 26, 2008 at 06:48  Comments (14)