Re-generating UMNO

UMNO Supreme Council

UMNO is at the cross road junction where future leaders to carry the struggle and policies of the party, needed to be determined now. So much at stake at the moment for the nationalist party, now that it is almost the 2/3 majority and backbone for Barisan Nasional’s power base.

It is unlikely that the President and Deputy President posts be contested. Then again, so many party leaders wish that there would be no challenge to the top two posts.

Another ‘no challenge’ posts would probably be for the UMNO Youth Chief, since no one viable has been speculated to challenge incumbent Khairy Jamaluddin. It is currently a wide spread rumour that former Puteri UMNO Chief Azalina Othman would run against Wanita UMNO Chief Shahrizat A Jalil.

UMNO VPs Shafie. Hishamuddin and Zahid

It is interesting to note the challenge for top UMNO seats in the coming party election in December has taken its usual life of its own. So far, it is expected that all incumbent Vice Presidents namely Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Dato’ Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein would be defending their seats.

FELDA Chairman and Former Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan Tan Sri Mohd. Isa Samad and Former Melaka Chief Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Ali Rustam have recently announced their intention to vie for the Vice President seats as well.

More announcements are expected to come. So far some names have been rumoured, to contest for the very strategically placed political post within UMNO at the current internal political scenario.

Two 64 years old Former Chief Minister and Menteri Besar vying for UMNO VPs

The dates to remember is 14 September is where all of more than 22,000 UMNO Branches conclude their annual meeting. All the nomination papers are to be filed in by the candidates vying any of the Supreme Council seats on their own to UMNO HQ by 28 September. The qualification to run for any Supreme Council seat which include Vice President is the experience of being a committee member at Division level, at least for one term.

No more the system where these Supreme Council candidates go around and campaign to get nominations from Divisions.

All the UMNO branch delegates would convene for their Division level  Annual General Meeting on 19 October and branch delegates attending these meetings in all 191 Divisions would then vote for all Supreme Council seats, simultaneously.

Since an ‘electoral college’ system has been adopted, each candidates must win simple majority at these Division level meetings and the winners are determined from the amount of electoral college votes they manage to get.

UMNO VP Hishamuddin Hussein, Deputy Pres Muhyiddin Yassin, President Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and VP Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

The contest for the Vice President is very interesting since the winners would eventually slide upwards as the Deputy President and slot oneself as the UMNO President not to far in the distant. This is based on the notion that many learned that UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin has indirectly expressed his intention of probably not running for politics after the current parliamentary and UMNO term is over.

Thus, one of the Vice Presidents which UMNO delegates determined by 19 October would eventually take over Muhyiddin’s job.

This UMNO Supreme Council election is actually an opportunity for UMNO to reposition itself in the society, considering that the Malays gave overwhelming support for UMNO candidates in the recently concluded 13GE. UMNO managed to recapture Kedah and Perak state governments and increased its standing in the Dewan Rakyat, at the point where other BN components (with the exception of PBB) did not do well.

UMNO delegates have to strategically decide the right men for these Vice Presidential posts.

UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin

UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin

If the intention to vote new Vice Presidents in, as part of re-generation of UMNO top echelon, then a lot of consideration must be factored in. If it is even highly possible that Tan Sri Muhyiddin would be throwing in the towel within this parliamentary/UMNO MT term, then age factor should be top of the list or criteria

Muhyiddin is 66 years old. In four years time, he would be 70. Zahid, Shafie and Hishamuddin are now 60, 56 and 52 years old, respectively. Isa and Ali, who are going around nationwide campaigning at the moment, are actually 64 years old. They are actually three parliamentary-terms older than the youngest of the three incumbent VPs.

The two sixty-four blokes are undeniably political ‘has beens’. Ali didn’t even win in his own Parliamentary constituency on 5 May 2013 13GE, where he was humiliatingly defeated by Angkatan Muda KeAdilan Chief Shamsul Iskandar Md. Akin. With the might as the FELDA Chairman, Former Menteri Besar Isa only managed to get 8,614 majority against PAs candidate Wan Aishah in a traditional UMNO seat.

Kedah born Former Yang Amat Berhormat and present Yang Amat Berhormat in Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, 6 May 2013

If Isa and Ali think that they would be placed as “One of viable options after Muhyiddin leaves”, then they should consider their own age factor. By then, they would be 68 years old and too remote out of official capacity in the executive branch of the government. Then again, what have Isa and Ali got to offer the Malays as a whole, besides just being popular within certain UMNO quarters.

Party delegates at branch level must be reminded that both of them have been reprimanded by UMNO disciplinary committee for breaching party rules and ethics for campaigning. That would not augur well with the more educated younger Malays, who aspire for leaders who are free from controversy.

‘Viable candidates’ to re-generate UMNO at Vice Presidential level to be slotted in, after Zahid, Shafie and Hishamuddin should be someone who is younger than them. Most importantly, with potential to carry on the struggle of UMNO without neglecting the aspirations of the younger Malaysians, especially the Malays who want to have more vibrant, energetic and strategic leaders.

The tenth Menteri Besar Kedah

The tenth Menteri Besar Kedah

One of the more active speculation is centred at Kedah Menteri Besar and UMNO Liaison Chairman Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir. Six months ago, he was tasked by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak as UMNO President and BN Chairman to strategise a campaign to take over Kedah from PAS.

Against the odds of challenging the incumbent government, he delivered. BN Kedah managed to form a new state government comprising the mixture of seasoned and newly elected ADUNs. BN Kedah also contributed 10MPs in the Dewan Rakyat, which is 11.4% of UMNO’s standing  in Parliament.

However, he has yet to decide and make official announcement on the matter:

Mukhriz mulling MT seat

2013-09-05 11:09

ALOR SETAR, Sept 4 (Bernama) — Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir said he will announce whether to contest the Umno Supreme Council (MT) seat or not at the right time.

“I have three options to consider. I have to think of my responsibility as the Menteri Besar to develop Kedah and also as Kedah Umno liaison chairman.

“Its a difficult decision to make as candidates have to offer themselves and no longer based on nomination,” he told reporters after chairing the State Executive Council meeting at Wisma Darul Aman here today.

Mukhriz also clarified that articles in blogs saying that he wished to contest for the MT seat did not come from him or his colleagues.


Probably Mukhriz has his reasons for being shy at the moment and using the two most important responsibility that he needed to pay attention at, as a deflection from the media focus on him offering himself.

Then again, he should see this opportunity as a calling for the Malays at national level, since Kedahans gave him so much hope and confidence as an upcoming new leader. The duty to re-generate UMNO and ensure it is politically viable for Malaysia, especially for the Malays and  its sustainability to carry on the agenda and struggle of ensure the Malay interests are being looked at and followed through, is paramount.

UMNO Leadership: The Driver and Navigator

There is already a precedence for UMNO being re-generated. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad paved the way for Mukhriz to emulate, for providing the hope of the Malays of his time 40 years ago.

After being brought back into UMNO from political wilderness, he offered himself as a Vice President candidate in the 1972 party elections as part of the ‘program to re-generate UMNO’ under the leadership of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. This is despite not having any political position in any capacity since he lost the Kota Setar Selatan seat in the 10 May 1969 3GE. However, then ‘Dr UMNO’ did not succeed.

After the 1974 4GE, Tun Dr Mahathir won Kubang Pasu seat and appointed Minister of Education by then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. Now that he has been proven to earn the trust of the Prime Minister as part of his administration team in delivering a bold new socio-economic and development transformation plan for Malaysia, UMNO delegates voted him as a Vice President.

A kiss from Mummy at swearing in of Menteri Besar Kedah

A kiss from Mummy at the swearing in of Menteri Besar Kedah, 6 May 2013

This should be the same message that how UMNO delegates should view Mukhriz’s strategic role as part of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s team to move the nation, especially the Malays forward. He could be the leader that would carry on all the strategic agenda which started by Tun Razak, fortified and massively extended by Tun Dr. Mahathir and now  continued by Prime Minister Najib’s program to transform and place the Malays in a better position, in line with the transformation plans for the nation.

It is a wise and firm UMNO re-generation succession plan. There is a lot to be offered, with the right man and right plan.

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  1. […] The “thirteen million plus Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  2. It doesnt matter who goes where as long as the farce of man that is najib is at the helm. Hishamudin is there to stay. He looks and acts like an idiot yet is looking like to be groomed as a next premier?

    No malay radicals. These umno losers only become radicals infront of malays and at meetings of umno. Yet when push comes to shove, always retreating and sucking cocks of cinas who give no shit about malaysia.

    Im expecting nothing major at the elections as for one to be reinvigorated it shoukd start at the top. Not at the neck. The head needs to be done which means that najib should be gone and ousted. Then you do the dick to make it powerful.

    As many umno leaders only have empty heads, but lack a sustainable dick, what can one expect?

    Not only are most without dicks, i.e najib, even those with dicks have only dicks which are small in size and no girth so they become yes man and traitors of the malay cause.

    Sad but hope i am wrong. Who knows maybe najib will step aside on his own free will.

    • No question of Najib stepping aside. His wife won’t allow it, UMNO Youth Chief won’t, Wanita UMNO Chief won’t. Najib himself had planned to stay. He has placed Khairy and Shahrizat on high positions – never mind Shahrizat as Adviser on Women’s Affairs that the Minister of Women Affairs Etc didn’t appear to accept. He also put the UMNO Youth fake Master’s degree holder Azeeeez as Tabung Haji boss, with a fat salary and huge perks, enabling him to travel all over the country to canvass support.

      But we don’t know how much of money politics there will be (Khairy and Ali Rustam have been found guilty of those at the last party elections), and we can only appeal to the 150,000 voting UMNO members to bring up the matter of replacing Najib at the October elections. Voting done at the Branches and Divisional premises, apparently.

      As of early August, the Star reporter/ columnist Jocelyn Tan (said to have good access to Rosmah – and maybe Najib) wrote, “Even Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have been rather circumspect about their positions ..”

      According to her, 146,500 delegates from 199 Umno divisions will vote on the posts for president, deputy president, three vice-presidents and 25 supreme council members –

      minimum 5 and maximum 9 delegates from each branch:

      – branch head
      – branch head of Youth, Wanita and Puteri
      – one rep from every 50 branch members (max of 5 reps)

      (Strange the above were boxed in her report and could not be copy pasted)..

      The Wanita, Youth and Puteri elections will take place on Sept 28 and the election for the supreme council on Oct 5. I suppose, election for the President and Deputy President – if there are contests – and the 3 Vice Presidents will also be Oct 5.

      Filing nomination papers is to-morrow, 7 September.

      Najib has said anyone can stand (member, that is). Standing, anyone?

      I only object to Najib standing.

      • With all his power play and plants in influential places, do we really think things will take a turn for the better? I wont be a happy camper if najib is still premier.

        Bro are you running for any post?

    • Tengku Razaleigh said he intends to contest – for a lower position “at he moment”.

      “I do have an intention to contest but for a lower position at the moment. I have not decided to go for any higher position ..” Still consulting with supporters in the party .. :I have yet to decide,” he said. (The

      • Im not old enough to remember this old horse by his contributions. Know here and there but not nooks and cranies.

        He doesnt excite me and i doubt those in similar demographics are. Heard that he is a gentleman in politics but being a gentleman in the here and now is not going to work in my opinion. but what do i know.

        Would it be a good or bad thing if he stood up to jibby?

      • Good to know that you are of the younger generation, strongly Malay in four feelings and having a mind of your own. Let’s continue speaking up for the sake of the Malays. Especially in the aftermath of the Chinese tsunami. As a rejoinder to what Hang Tuah said, we must shout, “Melayu mesti hidup beribu tahun lagi!”

        I remember then Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh was quoted replying to a reporter’s question (Utusan, was it?) that yes, the country can grow faster, but at the expense of the interest of the Malays and the NEP – or words to that effect. I like him for that. Najib would rush for the developed nation status no matter what. I dislike him for that.

        Ku Li was a lot responsible for the development of that huge tract of land largely made up of primary jungles in south Kelantan, centred at Gua Musang, But, like all politicians, Ku Li also has weaknesses. Nevertheless, he is the lesser of two evils compared to Najib. Very gentlemanly and I think good for the country. He contested against Tun Dr Mahathir for the UMNO Presidency but lost by a mere 43 votes (out of 2,600 or thereabout at that time).

        I don’t mind at all he contesting against Najib. I, too, cannot stand this poor reflection of the strongly Malay father Tun A Razak, a son who is a disappointment even if only by virtue of wanting to be a liberal – in reality he is a liberal olok olok or pseudo-liberal – even if he’s really a no backbone weakling, giving in to the demands of even Anwar Al Juburi on the Sedition Act etc.Don’t rock the boat, they said? The boat might sink if he continues to captain it..

        Hidup Melayu! Gantikan lah Najib!

      • Thank you on the bit of info. We shall see where Ku Li winds up. Might be a lesser evil and better than najib, but its not tough to be better than najib at this point in time.

        If Ku Li does compete and try to lock horns with najib, Umno will look really weak in my opinion. Gives the impression that the talent-pool is all but dried. One wonders whether umno is on its last legs in producing malay warriors.

        But i also believe at this point in time and with glowing endorsement from you, Ku Li is still a better option. Heck, anyone is better than najib except maybe anwar.

        My personal opinion on the matter however is, there will be no shift in power.

        Najib will still be at the helm. We have to endure rosmahs grandeur fixation. Have to put up with nazri being minister for the next 5 years. Have to live with knowledge that shahrizat still holds a position.

        At this rate, there will still be more to come from najib. He is cack.

  3. This is a critical time to remove the deadwood in UMNO. All members with a record of money politics must not be voted in.

    Make it compulsory for all contenders to declare assets.

  4. Regenerating UMNO seems to be a big word and pretty ambitious considering the fact that the old guard team is still in the line up except for Mukhriz Mahathir. After all to regenerate carries the connotation of to revitalise, to create anew or to reconstruct. The liberal leaders in UMNO topmost and top ranks may no longer appeal to many UMNO supporters who voted for BN in the GE13. If the same old guard team remains, it will be closely monitored as to how far they will uphold the Malay agenda in the govt that they lead , and their level of commitment to this will determine if UMNO will survive or ditched for good in the GE14.

  5. Besaq noo mulot Ku Nan. Muat sekoq kambing!

    • No personal attacks on physical aspects please!!

      Looks like a rhino minus the horn btw

  6. UMNO sudah sampai ke kemuncak tepu. Jika kita lihat apa yang berlaku sekarang dengan barisan pemimpin yang ada, UMNO tidak menuju kemana pun. Statik dan di hentak secukup oleh pihak pembangkang. Parti DAP sudah berjaya menguasai MCA, Gerakan dan sebahagian melayu dari PAS dan PKR. Malah DAP menguasai alam media biasa, elektronik dan siber. Kumpulan ini menjadi besar dan telah menggugat Utusan dan NST. Dua entiti ini tenggelam.

    Barisan Pemimpin tertinggi, rata-rata menerima kekalahan dalam PRU 13. Jika tidak pun menang majoriti tipis. Apa iktibar nya ?

    Jika tiada perubahan besar dalam parti sekarang, maka kekuatan UMNO akan tercabar sepenuh nya. Oleh itu, UMNO memerlukan platfom lebih kukuh dan stabil. UMNO mesti di teraju mengikut “acuan” Tun M atau sekurang-kurang nya menjadi klon yang lebih baik. Mentor nya masih ada. Sekurang-kurang nya UMNO boleh di ubati dan di pulihkan.

    Apa yang penting sebagai ciri-ciri calon ialah KONSISTEN dalam tindakan. Responsif dan segera bertindak apabila mendengar rintihan suara ahli-ahli dan orang-orang Melayu yang setia. Ini kunci kekuatan UMNO. Gagal berbuat demikian, maka gagal lah halatuju UMNO. Berpecah lah UMNO.

    Untuk apa UMNO ? UNTUK siapa UMNO? Apa Amanah Berat UMNO pikul? Apa yang di junjung UMNO ?

    Lantaran itu UMNO mesti betul, jujur dan dinamik. Ia akan berfungsi dengan baik, juga sebagai Pentadbir yang sama untuk Bukan Melayu yang hidup sama di sisi Melayu. Demi kesejahteraan tanpa menerobos hak-hak yang sudah jelas dalam Perlembagaan.

    Contohi rakan Asian. UMNO.mampu melakukan. Tidak lagi mudah di ugut dan apologetik.

  7. My favourite American President Harry S Truman said, ‘ The Buck stops at my desk !’

    • Will Najib say it does at his desk? Has he admitted responsibility for getting worse results than Tun Dol? Only coining the term Chinese tsunami, that I can recall.

      I fear UMNO’s doom at PRU14 if he continues at the helm.

      • This man is not a man of integrity and shall admit to nothing.
        Deep down, after he uttered the chinese tsunami statement, he felt sad and empty and repented afterwards.

        Then he continues to suck the cinas and the cinas still turn their ass at him

      • I am saddened by the folly of mankind often sanjung tinggi anak orang besar besar negeri. Tak kisah ada integriti atau kepintaran yang tidak saperti. In US it’s stupid George W Bush, in Malaysia you know who.

        Yes, gratitude plays a factor. Tun Dr Mahathir was grateful to Tun A Razak for protecting him during the spat with Tengku A Rahman and giving him a place in the Cabinet that led him to the PMship. And TDM gave young Najib, almost fresh after completing studies in UK, a seat to contest in Pekan (to the chagrin of long-serving Tun Khalil Yaakub, now Gabenor Melaka) and later a Deputy Minister’s post.

        Najib tried to please the Chinese very early in his political career. When TDM made him Minister of Education, Najib amended the Education Act, taking away the power of the Education Director over Chinese schools, placing it in the hands of the Minister. If not amended, the nature of Chinese schools may not be as it is to day. As PM, his cash grants and other acts favourable to Chinese schools have been well known. Yet for all those, he was given the Chinese tsunami. But the most disappointing thing of all is that he has not announced measures to help the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak who gave BN over 100 seats at PRU13. Like aggressively pursuing the NEP and the leveling of the playing field for Malays and Bumiputeras in business and in the economy of the country.

        I hope the UMNO Branch Chairmen and Committee members, and others who will get the power to vote on October 5, will think hard about all the above and act accordingly.

  8. Its time UMNO delegates live up to the support that the Malays had given them in 13GE.

    The Malays rallied around UMNO becoz that’s the only party that would champion their cause.

    UMNO must reciprocate by having Champions amongst the Malays, who are worthy to correspond to the trust and support they have received from the rakyat in 13GE.

    Champions like Zahid Hamidi, who hv demonstrated his gung-ho-ness as the Home Minister and stood by the agencies under him.

    Another Champion is Musa Aman. Yes, Musa Aman. BD should hv included this man in his campaign for VP candidates.

    He delivered Sabah, against the falacy that the Land Below The Wind is for Anwar’s taking. 22 out of 25 parliamentary seats constested is the best result in 13GE.

    Of course BD’s own horse Mukhriz Mahathir. Even as deputy BN liaison chief, he recaptured Kedah and improved BN’s standing in parliament from 4 to 10.

    These are Champions!

    Forget the other four. They deserved to be appointed MT members.

    • I support this view. I hope to God that the 150,000 members think very hard about UMNO’s fate at PRU14 and not be influenced by talk of not rocking the boat.

      If the captain is looking after the interest of those in the other boat, why not rock it? Note that the dictionary says the term “bloke” refers to the ship’s captain, uttered in disgust.

      He gave money to Chinese schools etc, man, and has not done much about NEP, has he? What fighting for Malay interest is that?


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