The upcoming race for Supreme Council seats in the current UMNO party election, media gave a lot of coverage for too many personalities to have their say in how and why the 146,500 delegates representing the 20,800 branches who would be voting for the 191 UMNO divisions this Saturday.
16 October 2013| last updated at 12:15AM
‘Choose competent leaders’
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EXPERIENCE COUNTS: They must heed needs of all races
Umno veterans say delegates who will be voting in the party election on Saturday should select vice-presidents and leaders who are incorruptible and all-rounders.
They want the three vice-president posts to be given to candidates who have “climbed the ropes” and are well-versed with party affairs.
Umno Veterans Club secretary Datuk Mustapha Yaakub said the vice-presidents’ posts should be occupied by candidates who were prepared to work at any level.
“The delegates must choose leaders who are clean; free from corruption, have not misused funds, or been involved in any sex scandals.
“Reject candidates who are unscrupulous and are only out to seek a place in the supreme council for personal interests.”
This was what party president and prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak meant by a political transformation, he said.
Umno’s top leadership must be made up of those who understood the needs of the rakyat, he said, pointing out that come the next general election, the party would also have to gain support from non-Malay voters.
“If there is no such change, Umno will lose the support of the people. The party will cease to remain relevant,” he warned, reminding Umno members that the party’s fate was in their hands.
Outgoing Johor Umno liaison committee secretary Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil felt the top echelons in Umno should comprise personalities who had a thorough understanding of how to manage the country.
“Umno is a party that looks after Malay affairs, but as stated in the Constitution, the rest of the population must also be looked after.
“It is, therefore, imperative that the next leadership, especially the vice-presidents and the supreme council members, hold good qualifications and are able to represent the people.”
Ahmad Zahri, 64, advised voters to look at the backgrounds of the contenders vying for the relevant posts in the election before casting their ballots.
“This year’s party election serves as a true test of the democratisation process for Umno,” he said, stressing that delegates must make full use of their vote to ensure that the candidates they selected had proven leadership qualities.
Veteran Datuk Rahmah Abdul Hamid, 81, has found “experience” an important factor to consider when choosing the right candidate.
“Anybody looking to be elected into office should have served the party, starting out at the lower ranks,” she said, while voicing her disappointment at the entrance of Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir into the vice-presidency race.
“While I have nothing against him, I feel that Mukhriz has been pushed far too quickly up the ranks. He has not even served as division leader yet.
“Umno works religiously from ground to the top and if you have not spent time building the party or being a coolie, then you will not understand the sentiments of party members.”
She said Mukhriz should instead spend his time focusing on Kedah and get accepted by the people there first.
She pointed out that, in contrast, incumbent vice-president (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin Hussein had his foot on the ground and knew the party’s ins and outs.
“He has been the Umno youth chief before, and he has moved up the ladder in a proper way, being groomed by the party.”
She also gave credit to vice-presidential candidates Tan Sri Isa Samad and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, saying both had their share of experience.
Some of the personalities quoted here earned their stripes having served at least Ketua Bahagian UMNO post. Like Dato’ Ahmad Zahri Jamil, who was also Johor Government civil servant JCS officer turned State Exco and a right hand man when Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman was the Meneteri Besar Johor.
But who the hell is this Rahmah Abdul Hamid?
What qualification does she has and/or earned, to voice her “Dissapointment against Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir”?
The fact is that Mukhriz was Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s choice to learn the onslaught to recapture Kedah just before 13GE and delivered Kedah back into BN’s fold very successfully. Prime Minister Najib also named Mukhriz as the next MB Kedah during the 13GE campaign if and when BN returns to power in a state where two previous UMNO Presidents and Prime Ministers hailed from.
Probably Rahmah is too old or oblivion to analyse simple facts but Mukhriz provided the necessary qualification for ‘BN’s election battle experience’. Out of the increase of 9 UMNO’s seat in Dewan Rakyat of the current 13th Parliament, UMNO Kedah under Mukhriz’s watch and battle command contributed six.
Probably Rahmah should look at her own son Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar first before shooting her mouth. Not only Khairy never schooled in this country, he never had any relevant working experience before he was appointed Special Officer to the Home Minister in 1999. Yet by 2004, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office.
The fact is that Khairy Jamaluddin only worked under the concept of gainfully paid employment for a mere 69 months at the most. It is almost impossible for anyone to worked that little, could have a saving to buy a decent car, let alone a property in Damansara Heights.
Let’s not go to where someone who has very little and minimal relevant work experience, was able to subscribe almost thirteen million ECM Libra shares by Mid 2006 and appointed Executive Director to the stockbroker which then just earned the universal stockbroking license from SC to be an investment bank. That scandal is still a mystery till present day.
Rahmah’s track record in UMNO is unclear. The fact that her name does not catch on even after a while is the perfect illustration she is someone who is not known to be linked to the party. Her capability to analyze politics is also doubtful.
Who the hell is she again, to say something like that to the press?