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


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’……..

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  1. Kalau Pak Lah terdesak sangat untuk pegang kuasa melangkaui mandat, kami lebih rela dia dan sekutu-sekutunya dalam MT UMNO tinggalkan BN dan tubuh kerajaan campuran dengan PR.

    Biarlah kami di dalam UMNO tinggal sebagai pembangkang asalkan hak ahli akar umbi tidak tergadai.

    Menundakan persidangan yang sudah tertunda adalah penkhianatan untuk bangsa.

    Sudah-sudahlah tu dengan skim subsidi kepimpinan ini. Nak memimpin sila bertanding dan buktikan meritokrasi anda. Masih gamak lagikah DS Najib mendabik dada sebagai “pewaris”?

    Inilah puncanya tidak terhakisnya mentaliti subsidi Melayu. Melayu perlukan barisan kepimpinan baru. UMNO perlukan kepimpinan baru termasuk MTnya untuk kekal relevan. Kepimpinan sekarang terbukti gagal mengumpul sokongan rakyat.

    PJ Selatan

  2. After the meeting:

    “Najib, when will Abdullah step down and you take over the premeiership of the country?”

    “soon – Pak Lah has agreed to agree to my suggestions that the latest date would be 31st July 2010. Thank you- any further questions?”

  3. Latest News: UMNO elections postponed to March 2009…

    Why postpone the enevitable? Nak kambus lubang by digging other lubangs issit?… I am now disillusioned by UMNO. Or maybe they hold fast to Tun’s statement that Melayu Mudah Lupa…and then go about their merry ways after that… hmmmph…

  4. Latest News: UMNO elections postponed to March 2009…

    Why postpone the inevitable? Nak kambus lubang by digging other lubangs issit?… I am now disillusioned by UMNO. Or maybe they hold fast to Tun’s statement that Melayu Mudah Lupa…and then go about their merry ways after that… hmmmph…

  5. The time is for bahagian to play their parts. Forget about the MT anymore. Just act and do this.

    Come to think of it, considering the almost criminal level of cowardice on Najib’s part, he does not deserve any support from UMNO members. We need someone with guts and intelligence as UMNO President. Someone that will sweep away the threat of PR with character and without sandiwara / angan mat jenin AI.

    Does Muhyidin Yasin have got enough of it to go for Presiden if Najib is flaking out?

  6. Cunning Muhyiddin should read this:

    The amero conspiracy
    By Drake Bennett
    The Boston Globe
    Sunday, November 25, 2007

    Since he began his presidential campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney has held more than 125 “Ask Mitt Anything” town hall forums, and the people who have shown up for them have done their best to make the events live up to their name. There have been questions about medical marijuana, about abolishing the income tax, about Romney’s Mormonism and his potential vice president.

    Of course, certain topics come up more than others. One is healthcare. Another is Iraq. A third is the North American Union.

    The North American Union is a supranational organization, modeled on the European Union, that will soon fuse Canada, the United States, and Mexico into a single economic and political unit. The details are still being worked out by the countries’ leaders, but the NAU’s central governing body will have the power to nullify the laws of its member states. Goods and people will flow among the three countries unimpeded, aided by a network of continent-girdling superhighways. The US and Canadian dollars, along with the peso, will be phased out and replaced by a common North American currency called the amero.

    If you haven’t heard about the NAU, that may be because its plotters have succeeded in keeping it secret. Or, more likely, because there is no such thing. Government officials say a continental union is out of the question, and economists and political analysts overwhelmingly agree that there will not be a North American Union in our lifetimes. But belief in the NAU – that the plans are very real, and that the nation is poised to lose its independence – has been spreading from its origins in the conservative fringe, coloring political press conferences and candidate question-and-answer sessions, and reaching a kind of critical mass on the campaign trail. Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman Ron Paul has made the North American Union one of his central issues.

    As fears of the mythical NAU grow, they appear to be subtly shaping more mainstream debates about immigration and trade. Paul’s fellow Republican congressman Virgil Goode introduced a congressional resolution early this year to block the creation of the NAU and the “NAFTA Superhighway System.” Similar resolutions have been introduced in several state legislatures – in Montana’s case, the resolution passed nearly unanimously. And back in July, the US House of Representatives easily approved a measure that would cut off federal funds for an existing trade group set up by the three countries.

    The NAU may be the quintessential conspiracy theory for our time, according to scholars studying what the historian Richard Hofstadter famously called the “paranoid style” in American politics. The theory elegantly weaves old fears and new realities into one coherent and all-encompassing plan, and gives a glimpse of where, politically, many Americans are right now: alarmed over immigration, worried about globalization, and – on both sides of the partisan divide – suspicious of the Bush administration’s expansive understanding of executive power.

    The belief in an imminent North American Union, says Mark Fenster, a law professor at the University of Florida and author of a 2001 book on conspiracy theories, “reflects the particular ways in which Americans feel besieged economically, powerless politically, and alienated socially.”

    . . .

    As a social anxiety, the NAU’s roots run deep. Global government and elites who secretly sell out their own citizenry have long been staples of conspiracy theories, thanks in part to the Book of Revelation’s warning that world government will be an early indicator of the Apocalypse. Over the centuries, the world’s puppeteers have been thought to be, in turn, the Bavarian Illuminati, the Freemasons, the pope, the Jews, international bankers, the League of Nations, the United Nations, the Rockefellers, and the Communist International.

    For most of the 20th century, American conspiracy theories tended to focus on communist infiltration of the upper echelons of the US government. The founder of the John Birch Society, a leading source of such imagined schemes, accused President Dwight Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, among many others, of being communist agents.

    The dissolution of the Soviet Union, the one country that has actually challenged American global preeminence in the postwar period, forced a conceptual adjustment among the conspiracy-minded. In the past two decades, the United Nations and trade groups like the World Trade Organization have figured more prominently in their dark visions. “In the 1990s in particular, with the militia movement, you had all the rumors of black helicopters and jackbooted UN troops,” says Chip Berlet, an analyst at the liberal, Somerville-based think tank Political Research Associates. “There was this sense that the secret elites behind the UN were the same secret elites who had been behind the Soviet Union.”

    Recently, other threads have emerged. The 1994 birth of NAFTA gave new strength to worries that free trade would cripple the American middle class. In the past two years, immigration has once again thrust itself into the national political discussion. And the once-mighty dollar has entered a steady decline that shows no signs of ending – in sharp contrast to the strength of the euro, the new currency of an economically united Europe.

    In March 2005, those seemingly disparate worries found a banner under which they could unite. President Bush, along with then-President Vicente Fox of Mexico and then-Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada, held a summit in Waco, Texas, and announced the creation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, a framework for greater continental cooperation on trade and security issues.

    Alarmed at the fact that the United States had entered into the arrangement without explicit congressional approval, and by what they saw as a lack of public detail about the meetings, a few conservative activists became convinced that the SPP was the first step in a secret plan to dissolve the three nations into one continental unit. Their suspicions were further inflamed when, two months later, a working group at the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank long viewed with suspicion by the conspiratorial fringe, published a report called “Building a North American Community.” The report recommended the establishment of a common North American security perimeter, the development of biometric North American border passes, and the adoption of a common North American tariff.

    One of the vice chairs of the council’s working group was a political science professor at American University and former Carter administration official named Robert Pastor. In 2001, Pastor had written a book arguing for greater economic integration between the three North American nations – and specifically discussed the possibility that the nations could jointly adopt an amero currency.

    A fully realized theory was born. In the fall of 2006, Phyllis Schlafly, along with the conservative author Jerome Corsi and Howard Phillips, founder of an organization called the Conservative Caucus, started a website dedicated to quashing the coming North American “Socialist mega-state.”

    If the anti-NAU cause has a prophet, it is Corsi. In 2004, Corsi was a leading spokesman for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth; last year, he co-wrote a book on the Minuteman Project with its founder, Jim Gilchrist. Earlier this year Corsi published a book, “The Late Great U.S.A.,” and it was here – and in his columns on the conservative websites WorldNetDaily and Human Events – that the NAU conspiracy theory emerged in full flower.

    A new continental government will grow out of the tri-national working groups set up by the SPP, complete with bureaucratic agencies outranking the three national legislatures, and a North American Court able to overrule national courts. There is talk, Corsi writes, of issuing North American passports, and of meshing the three nations’ militaries. And the infrastructural backbone of the sprawling new superstate is already being built: The NAFTA Superhighway, a “four-football-fields wide” Mississippi of concrete and rail along which goods, cheap labor, narcotics, terrorists, and pandemics will flow unimpeded from Mexico (and, via Mexico’s Pacific ports, from China) into the United States and on to Canada.

    Corsi said in an interview that his belief in the NAU stemmed from his realization that it was the only logical explanation for the Bush administration’s refusal to police the US-Mexico border adequately. “I kept asking myself why, six years into the war on terror, was Bush not securing the border?” he said.

    When he heard about the SPP, he had his answer: Bush, bent on creating the NAU, saw the border as a near-anachronism, fated for irrelevance in a North American superstate.

    “He’s creating a fait accompli,” said Corsi. “First you change the North American reality, then you can change the regulations.”

    Corsi’s warning cry and gift for detail have given the theory traction in circles where anxieties about immigration and corporate oligarchy intersect. Lou Dobbs, whose CNN show portrays both free trade and increased immigration as sops to multinational corporations and body blows to the middle class, has devoted investigative segments to the NAU, the amero, and the NAFTA Superhighway. The John Birch Society a month ago devoted an entire issue of its magazine to the NAU.

    The coin designer Daniel Carr, who created the New York and Rhode Island state quarters, has minted a series of copper and silver ameros, in denominations from one up to one thousand, and is selling them online to raise awareness of the issue. And a year ago on CNBC, a financial analyst named Steve Previs, from the investment bank Jefferies International, caused a minor stir when he called the amero “the one thing that nobody’s talking about that I think is going to have a big impact on everybody’s life in Canada, the US, and Mexico.” (Asked about his comments recently, he said that, while he was happy to “get the message out,” what he said had also been “not a joke, exactly, but a way of deflecting a hard question about the behavior of the dollar.”)

    So how real is the NAU? In the literal sense, not very. Its underpinnings turn out to be a hodgepodge of mostly unconnected facts and suppositions. But the very existence of the theory is starting to have an influence of its own, and the concerns it represents suggest a new kind of anxiety that crosses traditional political boundaries.

    The SPP does exist, and its tri-national task forces continue to meet, but its members consider it a way for the United States, Canada, and Mexico to collaborate on issues such as customs, environmental and safety regulations, narcotics smuggling, and terrorism. The amero, on the other hand, appears to be purely theoretical. It was first proposed in 1999 by a Canadian economist named Herbert Grubel, when the euro was first entering circulation. Grubel says he did manage to interest Vicente Fox in the idea, but whenever he brought up the topic with American officials, he recalls, he got nowhere. “There wouldn’t be very much benefit for the United States” in an amero, he concedes.

    The NAFTA Superhighway has a more complicated origin. One piece is a nonprofit organization, called the North America’s Supercorridor Coalition, or NASCO, dedicated to ensuring the efficiency and safety of some of the country’s major truck trade routes – a map from the organization’s website has shown up on NAU watchdog websites, erroneously labeled the blueprint for the NAFTA Superhighway. Another is a controversial toll highway that Texas is considering building to accommodate the sharp increase in freight traffic brought by NAFTA.

    These constituent parts are a long way from the many-tentacled conspiracy that Corsi and other see. But the theory still has managed to make itself felt.

    Frank Conde, the director of communications for NASCO, believes that fears of an NAU are preventing the North American countries from having long-overdue discussions. US-Mexico trade has quadrupled since 1993, and at $540 billion, the US-Canada trading relationship is the largest in the world. He argues that making economic relations among the three nations more efficient is no more than responsible stewardship.

    “This country has never really had a national strategy to service the huge increase in trade that came about as a part of NAFTA,” he says. “The worst damage that [anti-NAU activists] are doing is distracting political leaders at all levels, and preventing us from putting together that policy.”

    In a deeper sense, the apprehension and anger that sustain the NAU rumors are quite real. For all their talk about national threats, national sovereignty, and national strength, conspiracy theories are usually more about individual powerlessness, says the University of Florida’s Fenster. They are a form of political populism, with its suspicion of concentrations of control and its sense that ordinary people are being shut out of the decision-making process. And the issues around which those theories grow up are as good a Rorschach as any, not so much of people’s concern about their country overall, but about their own place in it.

    The surprising prevalence of NAU suspicions also suggests a desire for fresh thinking from America’s two major political parties. In the United States, trade and immigration divide more along class lines than party lines: wealthy Democrats and Republicans tend to support free trade and more immigration, poorer Democrats and Republicans don’t. In neatly linking free trade and increased immigration together into one international plot, the NAU has the potential to appeal to both left and right.

    Indeed, while the threat of a continental merger is, in the United States, primarily a conservative concern, in Canada it has its greatest resonance on the left, where it is seen as an attempt by American business interests to take over our northern neighbor, dismantle its social services, and privatize its abundant natural resources. The Council of Canadians, a progressive advocacy group that claims more than 100,000 members, has made the threat of “deep integration” with the United States one of its central causes.

    To some analysts, it’s a sign of how far apprehension about globalization – whether of money or people or goods – has spread. “It’s easier to blame the North American Union, or some world government, than an increasingly globalized market,” says Pepper Culpepper, an associate professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    With US trade projected to grow even faster in the coming years, the economic dislocations, and the resulting anxieties, are likely to increase. So while the North American Union may not exist, we surely haven’t heard the last of it.

    (so that is what the USD700billion bail out is all about – this buah nau is good and so is this MoF1 chair)?

  7. Mungkin ada baiknya jika pemilihan ditangguh. Ini sekurang-kurangnya dapat meredakan sedikit pergolakan di dalam UMNO. Dengan itu pelan Peralihan Kuasa 2010 dapat diteruskan dengan lancar tanpa sebarang masalah…Dan dengan itu juga dapatlah Pak Lah meneruskan kerja-kerja yang harus diselesaikan sebelum 2010 nanti…

  8. MT UMNO Di Main Pak Lah.

    Pada pendapat saya penasihat rumah tangga Pak Lah telah berjaya mainkan MT UMNO dan Dato Najib. Pak Lah sekarang diberi tempoh hingga 9 Okt utk membuat keputusan jika beliau ingin bertanding jawatan Presiden. Tetapi Perhimpunan Agong UMNO pula telah ditunda hingga Mac ’09. Peralihan kuasa 2010 pula sudah batal.

    Senario 1 : Bagaimana pula jika sampai 9hb Okt, dan Pak Lah membuat keputusan TIDAK akan bertanding jawatan presiden pada Mac ’09? Maksudnya Pak Lah akan tetap kekal sebagai presiden parti dan PM sehingga Mac ’09.

    Maksudnya Pak Lah telah permainkan UMNO dan Najib sekali lagi sebab ikut rancangan asal, UMNO perlu bersidang Disember ’08. Maksudnya UMNO berpeluang tendang keluar Pak Lah paling lewat Disember ’08. Tetapi sekarang sudah tak boleh. Pak Lah akan kekal sebagai presiden dan PM sehingga Mac ’09.

    Senario 2: Bagaimana pula Pak Lah ambil keputusan (pada 9 Okt) bhwa dia mahu juga bertanding jawatan presiden pada Mac ’09? Maksudnya dia dapat panjangkan tempoh sebagai presiden dan PM sehingga Mac ’09 juga. Pak Lah tak payah risau pasal Disember ’08 lagi. Pak Lah dapat extra time sehingga Mac 09. UMNO dan Najib sudah kena main lagi.

    Banyak perkara yg boleh berlaku antara sekarang sehingga Mac 09. Apa nak jadi kes Altantuya? kes Liwat? Apa pun boleh berlaku. Apakah jaminan bhwa kes Altantuya tidak akan mendedahkan babak-babak baru yg boleh memberi kesan buruk terhadap Najib?

    Ku LI pun nampaknya bukan pencabar yg wibawa lagi. Muhyuddin pun banyak tu saja. Akhir sekali yg akan tinggal pada Mac 09 ialah Pak Lah juga.

    Oleh itu, sampai 9 Okt, tidak ada sebab yg lojik kenapa Pak Lah TIDAk akan tanding jawatan presiden. Kalau dia tak tanding pun pada Mac 09 Pak Lah kena undur. Kalau dia tanding dan kalah pun, dia mempunyai tempoh hingga Mac 09 juga. Tak ada beza. Elok Pak Lah cuba nasib dan tanding saja. Mana tahu, mungkin Pak Lah boleh menang pada Mac 09. (Kan UMNO sekarang jadi parti dunggu)

    Maksudnya Pak Lah akan kekal sebagai presiden dan PM sehingga Mac ’09 dan mungkin sampai 2012.

    Kesimpulan : Sekali lagi UMNO, Najib dan orang Melayu ahli UMNO sudah kena main oleh Pak Lah. Penasihat ‘Kabinet Dapur’ Pak Lah lebih pintar dpd Najib dan MT UMNO. Pada 2012 menantu akan muncul kembali.

    Pada masa itu UMNO akan kalah pilihanraya dan lenyap dari muka bumi.

  9. This country does not belongs to two persons only!

  10. Pak Lah: Saya masih ada banyak kerja nak buat.

    hehe hehe hehe…dalam duka nestapa pun pak lah ada sense of humour. Syabas pak lah. Ini adalah balasan kerana menjadi orang yang kurang ajar pada TUN. Apabila bersara kelak Pak Lah boleh tidorlah puas2. Rakyat tak akan marah. Cutilah sepuas2nya. Good riddance to bad…

    So to KJ you’re on your own now. hehe hehe… now you must struggle just like anyone else. Padan lu punya muka.

    As for Pak Lah…kasi dia kerja ringan mulai sekarang…potong ribbon mana2 pembukaan ke? jangan kasi dia buat kerja yang memerlukan daya fikir!

  11. Salam,

    Saya menduga MT UMNO bersetuju bahawa Perhimpunan Agung ditangguhkan dari Disember 2008 kepada Mac 2009 untuk memberi peluang kepada Pak Lah mengundurkan diri secara terhormat, dan bukan sebagai orang yang “terusir”.

    Saya kira inilah “tradisi UMNO” sebagai sebuah parti politik yang konservatif.

    Memang hal ini tidak memuaskan hati orang-orang yang mahu Pak Lah berundur dengan segera. Akan tetapi, sebuah parti politik yang konservatif seperti UMNO saya kira memang tidak mampu mengambil tindakan yang agak radikal, sebagaimana yang mereka harapkan.

  12. Satu lagi sandiwara yang bukan sahaja melucukan tetapi juga yang sangat sangat menyedih dan memilukan bangsa Melayu yang sedang menghadapi krisis penghargaan oleh pemimpim pemimpin nya sendiri dan secara terang terangan oleh lain lain kaum.
    Nama baik Najib telah tercemar mengekori Pak Lah. Kedua mereka sudah tidak relevan lagi memimpin bangsa dan negara. UMNO misti buktikan ianya adalah masih relevan dan ianya masih terdapat mereka yang betul betul Melayu Jantan. Jika tidak perkembangang mutakhir ini adalah bermulanya “sayonara” Melayu dan mungkin juga di bulan yang mulia ini Allah SWT menurunkan satu lagi cabaran, mungkin juga KESEMPATAN kepada Anwar untuk mengeksploit peristiwa anih ini untuk ambil alih kuasa.
    Tidak hairan pula jika ramai anggota UMNO yang akan mula bosan dengan pemimpin mereka dan beransur ansur akan keluar atau menjauhkan diri dari parti. Kerana keputusan yg dibuat sebenarnya tidak mementingkan parti sebaliknya adalah untuk memberi kesempatan kpd Pak Lah untuk membuat berbagai persedian keperluan dirinya sahaja – YES NAJIB IS THE SCAPE-GOAT – poor Rosmah!

  13. […] MT UMNO mengadakan mesyuarat khas hanya selepas dua  minggu pertemuan terakhir. Dalam mesyuarat ini, diumumkan bahawa pemilihan […]

  14. apa susah tak suka UMNO atau BN pilih PKR atau PR.
    harap mukhriz ikut bapak dia dan keluar umno cepat.

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