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Reading the statement of Mukhriz that he welcomes Razaleigh to contest in the UMNO elections in December, makes me wonder if Badawi has any more hold on how the party is progressing. UMNO appears head-less with no direction, members openly declaring their intentions, Razaleigh on one hand breathing close on Badawi’s neck, sectional heads demanding change etc. This same happened before the elections, Badawi was voiceless when dealing with the war-loads of UMNO frightened he would lose the support of grass root members. Rafidah, the Mentri Besars, UMNO divisional heads and so on; remember the bribing of the Divisional Heads with RM 600 million before the General assembly meeting. Generally in any political organisation, the President holds the trump card, and he may from time to time acquiesce to the wishes of the members, nevertheless the President must have a tight hold on his members. Has Badawi ever had this privilege, I wonder.

Mahathir, with all his faults, was feared by the war lords, I am told the Prime Minister had a dossier on all the skeletons of his subordinates including big names like Ling Leong Sik, Samy Vellu and others including Rafidah. When they toe the line they are safe, but one false move, it is damnation for you. Proof of this is Anwar. Mahathir had an iron grip on his people.

Badawi on the other hand, has no such control over his subordinates. He was nice, a quality appreciated maybe in domestic circles like family and friends, but in Politics it is dog eat dog, you must be made of more sterner stuff. Badawi had the misfortune of being a bye-stander when others were making it rich: a Foreign Minister has limited source of income, but when he achieved the position of prima donna of Malaysia, he loosened his collar, relaxed, and got into scraps like the luxury yacht, the expensive jet airplane, his or somebody’s house in Perth, all of which made him look ‘not so nice’. Mahathir was there for 22 years, and during his tenure he was careful. No scandals. That is the difference.

Badawi had his 4 years, it is now time for him to gracefully exit, be a diplomat – never admitting but make a show that everything is done for the good of the country and wave good-bye. I see his opponents are getting stronger day by day.   

Mukhriz Welcomes Ku Li’s Intention To Contest Umno President’s Post

MACHANG, April 26 (Bernama) — Umno youth executive council member Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir welcomes former Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s intention to contest the Umno presidency in the party elections in December.
“Not just Tengku Razaleigh… Deputy Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the vice-presidents can also contest for the post,” he told reporters after attending a forum on the results of the March 8 general election.
Tengku Razaleigh, who is Gua Musang member of parliament, has said that he wanted to contest for the post if he had sufficient nominations.
Mukhriz said contest for the top post should be allowed so that party members would be able to choose a leader whom they think was capable of restoring the party’s strength.
He said as far as possible, however, the leadership transition should be done in accordance with the tradition in Umno, by having the president handing over the post to his deputy.
But if there were contest for the top post, it should be done in a manner that would not cause disunity in the party, he said.

Mukhriz Welcomes Ku Li’s Intention To Contest Umno President’s Post ::


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