Kedah UMNO Division Heads Meeting, 17 September 2013

Kedah UMNO Division Heads Meeting, 17 September 2013

In a meeting in Seri Mentaloon, Alor Setar last night Kedah Menteri Besar and UMNO Liaison Chief Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir last night received overwhelming support from all UMNO Division Heads in Kedah, to go for the Vice President post.

Published: Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 2:15:01 PM

Kedah MB gets the green light from state division leaders


PETALING JAYA: Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir (pic) has received unanimous support from state Umno division leaders to contest the vice-president post.

The decision was made during a meeting with divison leaders last night.

If Mukhriz decides to join in the fray, he will be the game changer in a tight six-cornered fight among heavyweights for the three vice-president seats.

“Insya Allah (God Willing), I will make an announcement on Thursday,” said Mukhriz.

So far Felda chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad and former Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Ali Rustam have announced their intention to take on incumbents Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

Mukhriz is son of fourth prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, while Hishammuddin is the son of third prime minister Tun Hussein Onn.

Political pundits and netizens were all abuzz yesterday when news that Mukhriz had called Kedah Umno leaders for a meeting last night broke.

Mukhriz is said to have met the leaders including those from Umno wings at his official residence in Alor Setar.

According to a source, he called for the meeting to gauge their feedback before making a final decision.

Langkawi Umno division chief Datuk Nawawi Ahmad said should Mukhriz contest the vice-president post and win, he could help rejuvenate Umno.

“The younger generation in Umno views Mukhriz as an icon.

“Barisan Nasional was able to wrest control of Kedah from PAS because of substantial support from young voters.

“We need to get younger leaders like Mukhriz to play a greater role in the party as we need to prepare for the next general election where the younger generation makes up more than 40% of the voters,” he said.

Sungai Petani Umno division chief Datuk Ali Yahaya said Mukhriz was a rational person who was not likely to let external pressure influence his decision.

“Whichever position he will vie for, we will support him, and people in the northern corridor want to see him soar high,” he said.


Later this afternoon, sources from Perdana Putra said that Mukhriz would call on Deputy Prime Minister and UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin. Later in the evening, same sources said that he would also meet Prime Minister and UMNO President Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

These meetings are in line on what Home Minister and UMNO Vice President Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s advice to Mukhriz a few days ago. In short, Mukhriz has sought the ‘endorsement’ from top leadership to offer himself.

If this endorsement is obtained, then it could be viewed as an endorsement for UMNO to have a leadership succession plan. This a high level extension to the UMNO democratization, promised by Prime Minister Najib in his acceptance speech as 7th UMNO President on 28 March 2009.

In all anticipation, Mukhriz is expected to make his announcement for his candidacy of the UMNO Vice President post at Seri Mentaloon, Alor Setar at 400pm tomorrow.

Published in: on September 18, 2013 at 15:45  Comments (19)  

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  1. Nak bertanding pun nak kena minta kebenaran dari pihak atasan?Ni lah yang membuat anak2 muda dan professional menjauhi diri dari UMNO.

    • Bukan ‘Kebenaran’.

      ‘Restu’. Budaya dan budi bahasa orang Melayu. Hormat kepimpinan dan mereka yang lebih tua.

      • Did you mean ‘restu’ supaya tak potong trip orang-orang tua?

        A typical reason used by orang-orang tua supaya dapat terus memegang tampuk pemerintahan dengan nasihat-nasihat lapuk seperti ‘hormat orang-orang tua’. Poorah.

      • Dont over analyse.

        ‘Restu’ means ‘restu’. Over analysing it is like trying to explain ‘Endless Possibilities’.

    • Biasalah anak muda. Kurang faham budaya dan adat. Ingat cara omputih saja betul. Rendah jati diri.

      • Restu is restu, tapi restu tu bahasa malaysia. tapi dalam bahasa politik ianya dipanggil ‘endorsement’. endorsement ini just digunapakai dalam politik dan perniagaan sahaja. adoi… ni mesti budak tak cukup umur lagi ni. Hhahaha!

  2. well, its not like mukhriz came on his own whim and fancy. he sought and got the support of the kedah grassroots and carefully made his moves, step by step. the top 2 cannot resist this sure force from the bottom anymore.

    i hope he stays clean and not fall for easy temptations in what now looks like a march to # 1 status eventually.

    be brave and have the fear of God. like your dad did, you need to keep the long view in focus and not be afraid to call a spade a spade, respectfully of course.

    suddenly i feel a bit better today. we will pray for you for as long as you deserve it.

  3. we talk of doing away with dynastic practises but now promoting it , so how,…………..umno should open to all to vie for all / any positions and must be seen as democratic , cannot be selective to one person for a position only……………

  4. “On September 18, 2013 at 17:26 yetslin said:-we talk of doing away with dynastic practises but now promoting it , so how”

    Bro, so how? If all the UMNO members has got the balls to stand up and be counted,they should make it clear that they would like to contests , but how many does really have the balls.?

    Cakap memang senang bro, especially armchair critics, try nominating yourself , pegi ambik borang kat PWTC , lagi ramai lagi syiok, tapi berapa kerat nak buat macam tu.?

    I think as long as you are an UMNO member go for it lah.

    • cannot la I am no body nor an arm chair critic but a concern citizen, but if ku nan , the sec gen , says free for all in the coming umno election , I guess there will be good numbers of wannabes going for all positions, and like you said the more the merrier…….

  5. So Bigdog, what’s the outcome of the meeting?

    Is Mukhriz contesting VP or Najib azalina-ed him also?

    Pray, tell!

    • Thank you.

      We shall do an official announcement tomorrow from Seri Mentaloon.

      P/S: Nice one, with the azalina-ed! 🙂

  6. Senerio dalam politik UMNO.
    Mukriz akan bertanding dalam jawatab VP.dijangka ia akan menang dengan mudah.
    Najib dan TS mahayuddin akan menang jawatan President dan Timbalan tampa bertanding.Jika Tengku Razali bertanding ianya akan kalah dengan mudah.
    Salepas ini Najib akan menerima tekanan yang kuat unrok berhenti dan TS mahayuddin akan mengaambil aleh.menjadi PM.

    Mahayuddin akan melantek Mukriz sabagai Timbalam PM.
    Pada malam ini,Khairy sudah mula menghantar sms kapada kawannya bertanya sama ada ia patut bertanding VP atau ketua Pemuda.
    Ramai kawan kawannya menjawab menyuroh ia bertanding VP.

    Ia akan membuat keputusan besok.

    Oleh kerana mood sekarang dalamUMNO mahu peimpin muda,kemungkinan besar ia akan menang.

    Hishamuddin dan Shafie sudah mula panic kerana mereka tahu mereka akan kalah.

    Selamat bersidang .

  7. Process to rejuvenate UMNO has begun, lets pray nothing untoward happen and derail it.

  8. Datuk Paduka Mukhriz fits the bill for the highest position in the land in the near future. A veteran politician once told me that a politician in a position of trust must come from a proper family background, well-educated and have a good character with trustworthiness (no sticky fingers) I believe Datuk has all these qualities to lead us. He is definitely NOT A BUFFOON !

  9. I think the Kedah UMNO had setup a fist trap called BUBU for Mukriz.
    I dont like the face of Johari Baharom,sitting in ftont of Mukriz.

    Good luck to Mukriz.

    • Good observation Hamid. I noticed the same thing but decided to give him the benefit of the doubt, but now that you brought it up..

      Anyway I think the onus is on him to prove he is not a munafik, after all those minta maaf with Tun etc.

      “Pelanduk selalu lupakan jerat, jerat tak pernah lupakan pelanduk”.

      Yb Johari, a lot of people will be watching your every move!!

  10. […] short, its an endorsement for him to test his leadership acceptance by the larger UMNO […]

  11. […] short, its an endorsement for him to test his leadership acceptance by the larger UMNO […]

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