Friday, September 19, 2008

Umno power transition to happen sooner

A lot sooner.
They told me it was one of the hottest supreme council meetings that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ever chaired.

All the top Umno leaders who spoke this afternoon, save for one who hailed from the East Coast, spoke up on the need to save the party, i.e. for the president to give way for a change in leadership, i.e. for Pak Lah to step down and leave Najib with the task of repairing the damage suffered by Umno over the last few years before it's too late.

You are not likely to read a blow-by-blow account in any of the government-controlled media.

At the press conference held after the meeting, Abdullah said whatever decision concerning his position as Umno president and the transition of power will be made by him personally, after he's discussed it with Najib. Read here. But Muhyiddin's statement reported by Bernama is a bit more telling. Excerpts:

General September 18, 2008 21:37 PM
Muhyiddin Explains Stand To Umno's Supreme Council

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- Umno vice Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has explained his stand on the leadership transition in the party to Umno's Supreme Council (MT), which met here Thursday.

"I took the opportunity to explain remarks I made in Singapore about the plan, which I have consistently maintained since it was first mooted.

"Thankfully, the president (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) accepted it and none of my colleagues criticised me over the remarks although some had stated their reservations about it earlier," he told reporters when approached after the meeting.

Muhyiddin, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, said his call to the Prime Minister to expedite the leadership transition was made in the interest of the party to ensure it was on a sound footing to face the next general election.

On the leadership transition process between Abdullah and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Muhyiddin said he left it to them to work it out.

"No specific date, we just gave our views and that of the grassroots who want it to be done as soon as possible. We gave space to the president to discuss it with Najib," he said.

Read also Shahanaz's take, here. Excerpts:

Sooner, not later
Speaking to reporters after the Prime Minister’s press conference, Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said the issue of transition was discussed at length at the council meeting.

They said the council members did not propose a specific date but want it made as soon as possible.

“Many of us in the council voiced the views and feelings of the grassroots that want the transition to be done as quickly as possible, but we will give him room to discuss this with Najib,” said Muhyiddin.

After the stunt it tried to pull last night ["A spin or an outright lie?"], the NST Online has decided to downplay the closed-door proceedings of the Supreme Council meeting:


THERE is no need for an emergency session of the Parliament next week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said in response to PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s call today for a special session of the Parliament to hold a no-confidence vote against the prime minister.

“The Parliament will begin their session after Hari Raya,” he said at a press conference after chairing the UMNO Supreme Council. The Parliament is sitting on Oct 13.

He added that any decision he makes on the transition plan would be discussed with his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Razak and conveyed to the party’s supreme council.

Abdullah, who is also the prime minister, said he need not explain again to the supreme council on the plan.

“I’m aware and keeping my ears to the ground,” he said, referring to the whatever is happening in relations to the plan.

Other blog reports:
Badawi ... asked to leave by Apanama; MT Umno desak PM "flip-flop" Abdullah berundur oleh Big Dog; Pak Lah gets Oct 9 deadline to quit by Ashraf Abdullah

pic courtesy of Agenda Daily


  1. Anonymous2:35 am


    Saya juga mendapat maklumat yang sama dengan apa yang saudara sebutkan mengenai MT Umno. Saya berharap PM dapat membuat keputusan yang betul dalam hal ini. TQ

  2. Anonymous3:06 am

    yeah! its much better,

  3. Anonymous3:26 am

    If he is NOT part of the solution, than he IS the problem!


  4. Anonymous3:33 am

    yeah! its much better,

  5. Syukur Alhamdulillah!

    Thank God, there are sane Umno supreme council members.

    To those of you who stood up for the Truth and in the best interest of our beloved nation, May Allah Bless you and your family in this Holy month of Ramadhan.

    Your courage would go down in the annals of our history, inscribed as the Brave members of the society who stood up against a mediocre leader who stood to destroy us all.

    God Bless Umno, BN and our beloved Malaysia.

  6. Ia tidaklah semudah seperti a.b.c..yang diharapkan untuk Dolah berundur begitu sahaja kerana jika benar Dolah ikhlas untuk parti dan negara, dia telah berundur dengan penuh penghormatan sebelum ini..

    Syarat untuk Mahathir kembali ke dalam UMNO masih kekal, dia masuk dan Dolah mesti pergi..dan UMNO kena membayar harga yang begitu tinggi kerana Tun sudah menjadi sebahagian solution dan kekuatan untuk pulihkan UMNO sedangkan Dolah adalah sebahagian dari masalah, duri dalam daging buat UMNO.

    Yang busuk dan reput terpaksa dipotong walaupun akhirnya badan (UMNO) sudah dalam keadaan hilangupaya separa kekal, yang sukar dipulihkan sepenuhnya tetapi 'miracle' mampu mengembalikannya semula ke kedudukan asal.

    Dalam keadaan kegawatan ekonomi, Anwar belum cukup mampu tangani dengan sekadar hujah retorik dan lagaknya, ekonomi perlu ditangani dengan kebijaksanaan pakar, minda dan ikhlas, jauh dari perjuangan peribadi. Semua ini tidak ada pada Anwar.

  7. Anonymous6:02 am

    i found a veired blog

  8. heard that hishamuddin has resigned as cheif youth...another flip flopped pemuda

  9. Dolah Way

    And now, the end is near;
    And still I hope not for certain.
    My friend, I'll say it clear,
    I'll state my case, which need ascertain.

    We've (family) lived life thats full.
    We've (family) got contract in few and evry highway;
    And more, much more than this,
    We did it our way.

    Regrets, we've had too many;
    But then again, too few I know off.
    I did what I was told
    My children agree without exemption.

    I thought they planned the course;
    Each careful step I just follow ,
    But more, much more than this,
    We did it our way.

    Yes, there were times,
    Bloggers surely knew
    When I blunder more than could blew.
    But through it all, when there was doubt,
    We ignore and spin 'em out.
    We censor them - ISA and sedition;
    And did it our way.

    I slept, came late, and grope.
    We plunder too; Patrick Lim is proxy.
    And now, as reality face up,
    I find it so depressing.

    To think I did all that;
    And may I deny - not in a shy way,
    No, oh no, not me,
    Yes, it was khairy.

    For what is a man, what has he got?
    If not his family, that got a lot.
    To talk silly yet I'm praised;
    And not the words of one who reads.
    The record shows Kamal I bow
    And did it our way!

  10. Anonymous9:01 am

    tsktsk...tsk, poor KuLi, kena played by Dr M again...poor poor fella.

  11. Anonymous9:02 am

    This was inevitable. Its nothing shocking. Most smart money already predicted this weeks ago. What is not being predicted is what happens AFTER he leaves.

    The money says the problem does not end with Badawi leaving. If Najib takes over its only going to be a lull before the next storm. If Muhiyiddin goes after the leadership with Razaleigh, then you there may be a longer period of peace but eventually BN will lose in next GE either. So turmoil is just beginning..

  12. Anonymous9:59 am

    Agree with Apanama that we very thankful there are still sane UMNO Supreme Council members.

    But why do they take so long?

    Sane But Slow

  13. The saving grace
    The elites try to mend
    Writing it in saving face
    Leave to the leaders to decide

    The Rakyat doesn’t want the party
    They better wake up soon
    Trying to believe the party is still relevant
    In this context they forget
    March 8 had spoken it clearly

    Look into China
    A communist country with capitalistic route
    The leader then Deng Xiaopeng knew it
    Change the party hard rules tap into the capitalistic markets
    So the people have new toys to play
    The party stays relevant to this day

    UMNO is for party members
    Wealth and projects inked into them
    Leaving the crumbs for others
    If one is lucky, one may have something

    UMNO should open its doors
    To all Malaysians irrespective of colors and religions
    If the party wants to stay relevant
    This is the choice the leaders in UMNO must decide

    The momentum of change
    It is already spreading on the ground
    Slowly it will take over
    For the people had spoken

    Will UMNO change for the country?
    It is hard to look into it
    The 3Ps always in the leaders’ minds
    It may have blinded those ages ago

    It needs a ‘all shook up’
    To finally realize its ways
    Otherwise it is in ‘Jailhouse rock’

  14. Anonymous10:29 am

    i don't see that Pak Lah will easily hand over to najib, can he see, (ohh my God, he really can't), Najib is one pengecut politician, he never fight any battle in his political carrier, he never feel the pain, he that once sailed to Antartica with TDM begging the premiership to him instead of Pak Lah. You see in his eyes, he still have plenty to TDM, once he (or definitely She) in power he will definitely ran to TDM & turn all the table in Putrajaya around like hell, Pak Lah & scores of his family member & cronies need to think about Perth retirement indefinitely. What about the extension of MRT & coaches contract to Scomies, KJ contract deals, etc etc etc. My proposal to Pak Lah is simple, look back at Altantuya case, everybody in town know who is Najib to Razak baginda, it really mind bogging that there is no relationship between both of them, & some more what the hell Razak involved in multi billion submarine dealing if not for ... , and who is the invisible hands that can instruct such high level people in PDRM to take the C4 out, deleted immigration information all that highly connection shits, anyways, who is Razak Baginda & why he is so powerful. Well Pak Lah should dig all this shits, turn around the table, & give the premiership to son in law, or whoever in UMNO it does not matter, if ever he want to avoid making same TDM mistakes in handing the premiership to him (eg pisang berbuah dua kali lah). :).Now Pak Lah is with the army, he can instruct army man digs all that shit holes. If only he is awake.
    p/s Pak Sani from previous Kembara mahkota trip kirim salam & selamat menyambung bulan2 terakhir puasa.

  15. BismillahirRahmanirRahim
    Dear All, The questions/problems we are beholding today is not just about PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, it is about the current government lead by umno/bn. Therefore even if AAB do give way, will it solve the current dissatisfaction of the population against umno/bn. umno/bn has lost all the credibilities in governing Malaysia, people wants change. I believed that one of a formidable and honorable ways for umno/bn to regain it credibilities is by giving ways to others to manage Malaysia. Be a gentleman, accept the fact that for now umno/bn has lost it place with the Malaysian population, give ways and go and sit at the opposition bench, get the experience on being on the other side than later the Malaysian population might consider whether umno/bn are well tested for in the future. Its time for not only for PM-AAB but also umno/bn to go and get the experience on the other side of the bench in Malaysian Parliament. If not as some would say umno/bn shall be wipe of the pages of history.
    Proud citizen of Jalan Panchok
    Kulim, Kedah Darul Aman

  16. Anonymous11:09 am


    Semalam Tun Dr Mahathir kata antara Blog yg beliau baca awal sekali adalah Rocky's Bru. Syabas. Saya rasa biar semua orang tahu rahsia ini.

    Kali ini biar saya berbahasa Melayu lah. Pada pandangan saya lebih elok Pak Lah letak jawatan hari ini juga. Jangan tunggu Okt 9, December dan sebagainya.

    Sebabnya paling jelas. Pertama sekali, sesudah fiasco di Mesyuarat MT semalam, tidak ada sebarang Bahagian UMNO yg akan mencalonkan Pak Lah utk Presiden.

    Contohnya sudah tentu (100% confirm) kesemua Bahagian yg diwakili oleh Ahli MT itu tidak akan mencalonkan Pak Lah utk Presiden. (Kecuali Anuar Musa yg menjadi hero unggul pertahankan Pak Lah semalam).

    Habis Pak Lah nak tunggu sampai Okt 9 lagi ke?

    Tetapi satu lagi perkara yg harus Pak Lah faham ialah Hari Raya akan jatuh pada 1hb Oktober (Insy). Kemungkinan besar bhwa tiada siapa pun Ketua Bahagian akan menghadiri Rumah Terbuka Pak Lah. Kemungkinan nya besar Menteri pun tidak akan menghadiri Rumah Terbukanya.

    Akhir sekali Pak Lah akan terpaksa meraikan Hari Raya dengan Mother Mangalam dan ahli Pure Life Society, persatuan Buddhist Freewill Meditation Group dsbnya.

    Tiada siapa pun dpd Ketua Bahagian UMNO, Ahli MT UMNO atau Menteri akan menghadiri Rumah Terbuka beliau.

    Dalam bahasa Inggeris mereka berkata 'the writing is on the wall'. Maksudnya 'amaran sudah jelas terpampang pada tembok'.

    Sdra Rocky, yg sedih sekali Pak Lah tidak membaca, tidak faham dan tidak peduli semua ini. Beliau masih hidup dalam khayal.

    Siapakah Penasihat beliau? Khairy? Kamaludin? Kalimullah? Kalau begitu apakah ketiga jejaka ini juga tidak cukup daya pemikiran mereka juga?

    'The writing is on the wall'. Sudah tiba masanya utk EXIT secara EMERGENCY.

  17. Anonymous11:26 am

    Well if it does not happen soon (like today) here is something else that might happen:

    1. Badawi may go down in history as the first party president who did not even win any nomination from the Bahagian for the presidency

    2. The Hari Raya is about 11 days away. A boycott could be in the works where Ketua Bahagian, MT members and even Ministers will NOT attend Pak Lah's Hari Raya open house this year.

    3. Maybe the caterers can cut on the blue colour rice and switch to white bro :)

  18. Anonymous11:30 am


    mana engkau tau mahathir boleh pulihkan umno? kredibiliti dia pun dah hancur.

    mana engkau tau anwar takde pakar ekonomi? novel mana engkau baca ni?

  19. Anonymous12:14 pm

    Is Malaysia any better with Najib at the reigns?

    I think not.

  20. Anonymous12:39 pm

    Khairy adalah punca kemusnahan negara kita pada hari ini.

  21. UMno has done good, UMno has done bad too. If we take credit for the good, lets have responsibility for the bad. We judge not the bad. That's God's responsibility.

  22. Anonymous2:24 pm


    "sooner" or "later" doesn't change the fact that umno is a circus. period.

  23. Anonymous3:22 pm

    Someone said that Kahiry is the cause of Pak Lah's down fall. I agree with that statement 100%. He is so impressed with his son in law, thinking that this Oxford Uni graduate genuinely wanted to help his FIL. Little does he realise that this ambitious young man was using his own FIL and dropping names as he goes round the country threatening and demanding things.

  24. One has a mental picture of Najib trying desperately not to be handed the steering wheel right now when the political are seas are so rough.

    What's the percentage in taking the helm just so he can be remembered as the captain who went down with the good ship Umno if it sinks in an Anwar tsunami?

  25. Anonymous5:00 pm

    I'm sure our NEW Finance Minister will have a plate of issues to resolve or to answer to the several 'deals' or 'instructions" committed by the previous FM.Kesian Najib...
    Understand that Air Asia oredered 75units of airbus 320 and 4 units of Airbus 330 thorugh the 'brokership of Kamal with support letter from Ministry of Finance (signed by the FM then)? So who will bail AirAsia out on this with the current global situation and Air Asia's not that great performance? Rakyat's money again like Port Klang?Who tell me>>>

  26. Terdapat tanda-tanda yang ahli UMNO dah mampu berfikir panjang dan mampu memikirkan nasib bangsa daripada temolok diri sendiri.

    Dahulu, FLS selalu merasakn orang UMNO memang mabuk duit sebab itu usul supaya Pak Lah diberhentikan tidak dilayan. Mungkin ada juga sedikit sebanyak kesan daripada pangglan BODOH yang FLS lontarkan terhadap mereka membuatkan mereka terfikir untuk membuang Pak Lah ini. Sebenarnya Pak Lah harus dibuang sejak 8 Mac lalu. Tapi takpa, sekurang-kurangnya ahli UMNO yang dahulu memang BODOH kini dah kembali nak jadi cerdik. Tahniah. Lu Fikirlah Sendiri.

  27. Anonymous10:13 pm

    The sooner the better

  28. Anonymous12:05 am

    Kalau Najib betul2 dah bersedia sudah pasti dia akan berundur. Tak boleh juga main lepas tangan, dia kena bertanggungjawab ke atas siapa pengganti dia nanti.

  29. Anonymous1:29 am

    buang badawi ganti najib..
    sia2 jugak..najib pun sama dgn badawi..
    Bangkit Muhidin!!

  30. Anonymous12:26 pm

    Don't rejoice to soon, it will be like going from the pot into the fire, the PM in waiting is a thousand times worst than Badawi. Prepare for the worst and hope for Anwar to garner enough support to throw Najib and UMNO out for the good of the country. What a day it will be to be rid of UMNO for good.

  31. Due to the imminent-impending change of Govt, never before in the 50 years under the Ruling Elite Regime, Ameno kucar-kacir, kelam-kabut, sudah panik-station!

    Gerakan & MCA pulling out of BN, maybe joining PKR enbloc?
    Dr. Toh KIn Woon, Gerakan heavy-weight, endorsing and supporting DSAI openly! Dr. Tan Kee Kwong s/o Tan Chee Khoon, already joined PKR.
    Wanita MCA Dr. Tan Kee Yew also PKR advocate now. Tunku Aziz, NGO proponent, is a die-hard DAP Chief now.
    SAPP & Yong Teck Lee already OUT of BN!
    After Mac. 8, PRU-ke12, (Tsunami 1), Permatang Pauh by-elections (Tsunami 2), obviously People-Power is clearly DEMANDING a CHANGE of Govt after 50 years of racial-political-dominance.
    Malaysia New Dawn is imminent & inevitable!

    Power to the People! The Voice of Malaysia! People-Power will be the decisive-factor in electing the Govt of Choice - Pakatan Rakyat!

    Sejarah & Era Baru untuk Malaysia! Syabas & Tahniah kepada Rakyat Malaysia!

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