The ‘Mini Melayu Tsunami’

PM Najib and DPM Muhyiddin at the press conference about the UMNO VP and MT results, in Putrajaya

PM Najib and DPM Muhyiddin at the press conference about the UMNO VP and MT results, in Putrajaya

Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak lauded MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir’s attempt to earn a place as UMNO Vice President during nationwide party election yesterday, as “Encouraging performance”.

The Star story:

Published: Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 9:52:00 PM
Updated: Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 9:54:16 PM

Umno polls: Encouraging performance from Mukhriz, says Najib

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir showed encouraging performance in Saturday’s contest for a vice-president post, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Although he is new and announced rather late his intention to contest the post, he has shown that he has good support in the party,” said the Umno president.

Najib said the stiff contest between Mukhriz and incumbent Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also Defence Minister, was expected this time as the contest was open.

“When it was left to the grassroots members to choose, surely some popular leaders would be their choice, hence the stiff contest,” he told a news conference at the Palm Garden Golf Club, here.

He regarded the contest as healthy in Umno, a familial party.

A total of 146,500 delegates from 191 Umno divisions cast their votes under the electoral college system to pick the three vice-presidents.

Each candidate among the top three in terms of the number of votes garnered, received one vote from a division.

The official results for the vice-presidential contest announced early today, showed Hishammuddin getting a stiff fight from Mukhriz when they Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said Mukhriz’s attempt at wresting one of the three Umno vice-president posts showed his mettle as a young leader.

“Mukhriz has garnered convincing support from the grassroots members. He is one of the credible young leaders.

“His achievement in the contest is very noticeable and good as a young leader in his first attempt for the high post in Umno,” she told Bernama.

Puteri Umno chief Mas Ermieyati Samsudin hoped that no one would dispute the election results as the grassroots delegates had made their choice. – Bernama

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It is clear that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is proud which is illustrated him focusing on how UMNO is being transformed into a more democratised party with broader based number of members who are eligible to decide their leaders. And the process is done simultaneous across the country in 191 Parliamentary constituencies.

However, the seventh UMNO President was probably obtuse and missed the most important point that this result demonstrates; UMNO grassroot wanted a change and not status quo.

The fact is that Mukhriz obtained more popular votes than incumbent Vice President Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein.

Considering that the latter has the advantage of being an incumbent, a Cabinet Minister in two Ministries and in the final round of campaigning struck ‘strategic alliances’ with Wanita and Pemuda, barely won the third placing in the race for UMNO Vice Presidency.

In some ways, UMNO failed this phase of the ‘Transformation Plan’.

Prime Minister Najib must be mindful of this very strong message.  It is part of the ‘writings on the wall’, as a precursor to 14GE. Failure to this would spell disaster for UMNO and eventually its demise as a mainstream champion for the Malays.

Even Fourth Prime Minister and a strong champion for the ‘Malay Agenda’ Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad strongly send the message that UMNO should listen to the aspiration and soundbites of the Malays and not just amongst themselves.

Mukhriz’s support of 54,315 grassroot votes in over 20,800 UMNO branches translated firmly through 91 divisions should be seen as a ‘Mini Malay Tsunami’.

*Updated Monday 21Oct2013 0700hrs

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‘Transformation Plan’, how?

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

The Chairman of UMNO 2013 Party Election Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali just announced the results of the top position after the contest.

President:                 Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak (not contested), 59 years old

Deputy President: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin (not contested), 66 years old

Vice Presidents:

Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (185 divisions), 60 years old

Dato’ Seri Ahmad Shafie Afdal (174 divisions), 56 years old

Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein (100 divisions), 52 years old

Vice President posts (by default)

Wanita Head:           Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abd. Jalil, 60 years old

Youth Head:             Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, 37 years old

Puteri Head:             Mas Ermieyati Samsuddin, 37 years old

Only one out of the eight posts had a change. Even that happened because the previous Puteri UMNO Head had to vacate the post due to statutory obligation as part of the party constitution that there is an age limit.

Everything else remained status quo.

The “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question now is; What and how is the ‘Transformation Agenda’ for UMNO when there is hardly any top leadership change where as the Malay based Opposition parties are giving more room and opportunity for regeneration of its top leadership?

The addendum to that; What is UMNO ‘succession plan’? How is the nationalist party able to remain relevant to continue the struggle of the Malay Agenda of “Aliff Baa Taa”, without a proper strategy for future top leadership?

A party of 3.4 million members cannot tweak their way through time and worry about the river when they reach at the bridge. Probably it that worked well the past 67 years but soon, for UMNO to remain relevance simply cannot be left to chance.

The fact is that by 14 GE or there abouts, the President would be 63 years old, Deputy President 70 years old and all the Vice Presidents would be 64, 60 and 56 years old respectively.

Conservatism that UMNO stand for is not about the fact that the nationalist party is a ‘Grand Old Party’ by and for old people. That is the fundamental of the struggle that lead to the birth of the nation and her spirit and soul, which reflected in the Constitutional Monarchy system, Federal Constitution and value system and practice of the Malaysian society.

Yes, now that the contest is done all of us should close in the ranks and work together as a party. After all, in a few days time BN got to face PAS in the Sungai Limau by-election with the recent passing of former PAS MB of Kedah Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak.

However, the baton of leadership should be passed after a proper planning and grooming. This is to ensure the party struggle is affirmed of its continuity. It is an assurance that the ‘Transformation’ is being carried through in the right direction, for the right reasons.

How, now?

* Updated 1700hrs

UMNO President Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak responded to the ‘Transformation Agenda of UMNO’ question.

Transformation of Umno and Malaysia still on track, Najib insists

BY LEE SHI-IAN
OCTOBER 20, 2013

Najib gestures to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, today. He expressed confidence that the newly-elected Umno leaders can work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 20, 2013.Najib gestures to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, today. He expressed confidence that the newly-elected Umno leaders can work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 20, 2013.Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak today insisted that the party’s transformation was on track although the same leaders retained the party’s top five positions after yesterday’s polls.

“It is not a necessity for the present batch of Umno leaders to be replaced in order to transform the party. The current Umno team has the calibre and talent to bring about transformation,” he said.

Najib acknowledged that the party’s leadership, including newly elected vice-presidents Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, have a lot to live up to.

“We carry the hopes and expectations of the party members who cast their votes for us. We have a national and party agenda which we are expected to deliver upon,” he said.

Najib was confident that the leaders who had won would be able to work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia.

He said at a press conference at the IOI Golf Resort in Putrajaya that the election had been conducted smoothly.

“Now that we have settled the issue of party elections, it is time to continue with transforming the party and the country. There is a lot of work to be done,” the Prime Minister said.

He rubbished rumours that the 150,000 Umno members nationwide had been instructed to maintain the status quo of the party’s leadership, saying,  “It is a quite impossible feat even for me to influence the 150,000 members nationwide and get them to vote for what I want instead of letting them choose on their own.”

On the tussle between Hishammuddin and Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, Najib said the fierce fight was expected.

“These are two popular individuals and politicians, obviously the support garnered by both men was nothing less than expected.

“In any election, there will never be a result which will satisfy all parties. There will always be winners and losers in any election.”

However, he praised Umno members for their maturity in making their choices. He also cautioned those who had won not to be arrogant or complacent.

Najib said he would be discussing the issue of making special appointments to the Umno supreme council with party deputy president and Deputy Premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“It is within my discretion as party president to make special appointments and there are a few talented professionals whom I will be evaluating,” he said, declining to elaborate. – October 20, 2013.

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Prime Minister Najib said “It is not a necessity. The current Umno team has the calibre and talent to bring about transformation”.

However, he completely missed the most important point.  Probably Prime Minister Najib has been obtuse and been looking inwards on each of the top leadership that will be closest to him for the party. Naturally, these leaders would ‘circle their wagon’ around him.

It is not about calibre and talent but perception. It is actually a matter of faith, integrity and credibility. A few of the current Vice Presidents voted in are of doubtful integrity and credibility and majority of the rakyat see them as nothing but ‘Tainted’ and even ‘Corrupt’.

A serious problem of perception also plagued Vice President Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

19 October 2013| last updated at 06:37PM

UMNO ELECTION 2013: Hishammuddin regrets being labelled a ‘weak leader’

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KLUANG — Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is defending his vice-president’s post in Umno today, has expressed regret at being labelled a weak leader by certain quarters.

The Defence Minister who is also Acting Transport Minister, said the presumption was baseless and ill-intentioned.

“I am far from being weak. If I am, the country would already be in chaos. I would not have been able to initiate the amendment to the party’s constitution.

“I would not have sustained for five years in the Home Ministry or be part of the 13th general election or the party election today,” he said at the Sembrong Umno division delegates’ meeting at Sekolah Menengah Sains Sembrong, here.

Hishammuddin said it was easy for others to point fingers at him, thus it was necessary for him to provide a justification for the delegates to appreciate his contributions.

He said, as someone who was on the right track, he was confident of thedelegates’ absolute support for him.

He said, as someone who was on the right track he was confident of the delegates’ absolute support for him.

“When the intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah happened, I temporarily relocated there with my family for three weeks to ensure that the security there remained intact,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin’s eldest daughter Nasya Alyssa, 24, despite being seven months’ pregnant came to the centre to express support for her father.

She arrived with her husband Muhd Anas Zawawi Khalid, 26, mother Datin SeriTengku Marsilla Tengku Abdullah and younger brother Faris Hussein.

Hishammuddin in a light moment shared with the 481 delegates that he could not wait to become a grandfather. — BERNAMA

Read more: UMNO ELECTION 2013: Hishammuddin regrets being labelled a ‘weak leader’ – Latest – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-umno-election-2013-font-hishammuddin-regrets-being-labelled-a-weak-leader-1.379993#ixzz2iFq0Yw3l

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It is disturbing when the UMNO President and Prime Minister completely missed the plot, for his own preferential personalities in the party top echelon. UMNO has also been seen as no longer focused to champion the Malay issues and agenda.

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