Whether he wants to believe it or not, Muhyiddin can wave goodbye to his dream of being second in command in UMNO come December. The Gods have spoken, and 500 UMNO members gave a standing ovation to Badawi after the announcement that he will hand over the reign to Najib in 2010.
With this one announcement, Badawi has dashed to pieces the ambitions of Najib, Razaleigh, and Muhyiddin. Najib will never see the day when he will be handed over the premiership, Razaleigh and Muhyiddin will carry on as usual. I wonder whether the last 2 have enough grass root support to overcome the decision of Badawi.
But the biggest loser is still Najib. He was so cocksure that he will be number 1 in a matter of time, but Badawi is smarter than him. According to Badawi, Najib will be heading a few more committees and meet heads of foreign countries as well as plan for GE 13. The first lady in waiting Rosmah will be sorely annoyed. Her waiting will be indefinite now, and maybe she was in the wrong line.
What could Badawi do, in the next 2 years which he could not do in the last 5 years. Nothing much. He just wants to be the Prime Minister. Lots of people depend on him and could he disappoint them.
For the people, it is business as usual, for Badawi, his family and friends another 2 years of happy harvesting. The only hope is, in December the UMNO members have a change of heart, read through the manoeuvring of Badawi and throw him out, but they are more happy giving a standing ovation to him. Sigh.
Muhyiddin: Leave it to Umno members to decide on leadership
TOKYO: Some people consider the succession date in 2010 as too long, Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
“Some have expressed concern that if the duration is that long the situation will not become more convincing. This needs to be taken into account,” he said.
He said there were party members who believed that it would be better for the members themselves to decide on the party leadership.
“But never mind, the elections start in October; so at that time each Umno division will reveal whether they like the decision or that they have their own views,” he said.
Muhyiddin, who is leading a six-day trade and investment mission to Japan, was commenting on Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s announcement to hand over the posts of Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in June 2010.
Muhyiddin said he hoped that any decision made by the Umno supreme council would not stop others from making decisions deemed best for them.
He said that if Umno was still practising the democratic system, it surely would not prevent party members from voicing out on what was best for them and the party.
He said decisions made by the supreme council should be respected.
But no less important were the views of each Umno member representing the branches and divisions. They have wants, they have aspirations, they also have hopes and expectations,” he said.
Asked whether he had decided on the post he would be contesting, Muhyiddin replied: “We have to see the members’ reaction to the supreme council’s decision first. My decision is not important.” – Bernama