How far will Umno go to try and stop its former president of 22 years from being chosen by the Kubang Pasu division as a delegate to the party's general assembly?
All the way, it seems. They are/have:
1. Blackballing the Perdana Leadership Foundation. Varsities are being told to cancel events planned at the PDF, government officers are barred from holding dialogues with Dr M, funds are not to be channelled to the Foundation
2. Sending top Umno leaders to campaign against Dr M at Kubang Pasu. Radzi (party sec-gen seems to be there all the time)
3. Sabotaging the ex-PM's events by organising quickie concerts at places where he was supposed to officiate or meet the people, such as in Johol last week
4. Ordered Umno youth members to cancel Jasamu dikenang event
5.Told senior government officers to call off dialogues and training sessions with Dr M
The party's divisions throughout the country pick their delegates to the assembly this Saturday (Sept 9). Dr M received the highest nominations from his division but party leaders and workers are busy talking to Kubang Pasu members not to choose him.
"They seem to be going all out," Dr M said. "Even government officers are being told not to support me. They say people should not pick me as their delegate (to the assembly) as it would lower my glorious position as former president and prime minister."
But they are doing it NOT out of love for him, he told a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation today. "They want to shut me up.. there must be something frightening that they think I would be saying (at the general assembly)".
Asked if perhaps his successor Abdullah didn't know the attempts by the party to shut his ex boss, Dr M said he was told that the effort to block his way to the assembly "was the decision of the Umno Supreme Council" (which is chaired by the party president).
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