Johor Umno tells Badawi of need for an exit plan that consists of the 3S element: Structured, Smooth and Speedy. Johor Umno did the previously unthinkable by asking the party's President, PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, to come up with a plan to hand over the reign.
During a closed-door meeting with AAB this afternoon, three Umno divisional heads spoke up to convey the message.
The three are:
1. Dr Fuad Zarkashi
2. Nur Jazlan Muhamed
3. Hasni Mohamed
The PM arrived in JB this morning, a day after a newsreport said 20 out of the 26 Umno divisions in Johor, an Umno stronghold state, wanted him to go on leave and hand over the business of governing the country to someone else.
Badawi has come under increasing pressure to resign after the poor March 8 general election performance by the Barisan Nasional. The coalition he led lost the 2/3 majority in Parliament and 5 states, both unprecedented.
AAB still insists that he has not failed and wants to continue as PM.
Johor Menteri Besar Ghani Othman kicked off the meeting with the PM by making a representation on behalf of the divisional heads. His emphasis was on the need for a clear succession plan by the PM.
According to Bigdogdotcom, a rabid pro-Umno blogger, this afternoon's meeting at the Seri Pacific Hotel, which ended about 5.30pm, made it clear that the consensus reached by Umno Johor is to demand for an exit (for Badawi) which is structured, smooth and, most importantly, speedy.
Earlier, according to Bernama, Badawi admitted that he was one of the factors for the BN's poor performance in last month's general election. However, he used that as the reason for needing to stay on as PM and "rehabilitate BN and Umno". Read here.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak is scheduled to meet the Umno leaders tonight.