The lines are being drawn. It looks as if Abdullah has thrown caution to the wind and is now determined to press on with the December Umno presidential election, now that Kelantan and Penang Umno have thrown their backing behind the transition plan.
Najib may now have to be content with the No. 2 position – for the time being. All eyes will be on the first few divisional nominations from 9 October.
In the other corner sits Razaleigh. Who will be his running mate?
The spotlight is now on Muhyiddin. Once again, he has attacked the transition plan. His options appear to be open.
Over on the Pakatan side, the mood appears upbeat.
The alliance is still claiming they have the numbers. But the main difference now, from what I hear, is that the numbers are looking a little more comfortable rather than borderline majority. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say over 40 MPs in the bag.
“Anwar’s credibility is at stake,” says a PKR politician. “He is a serious guy and when he says something like this, he has to be taken seriously.”
Yesterday, Wan Azizah indicated that work was still ongoing. Anwar, she said, was making an effort to meet more MPs.
The Star reported PKR strategist Saifuddin Nasution as saying that the “countdown” for the takeover had begun and things were moving according to plan.
He said the opposition pact had a “complete and comprehensive checklist” in place, taking in every possible scenario for the takeover….
“Our timeline is by the hour. Putrajaya is within reach,” he said.
Meetings have been held and high-level appointments requested.
One analyst said, “This is unlike the general election when ordinary people could decide what role they could play. For now, we have been reduced to spectators.”
Blog reader Sha appears concerned:
… what kind of MPs are we going to get? The same old boys who currently exist in BN who have been taking us for a ride all along. Can you imagine what PR will be like then? Hopefully I’m wrong and change for the better does happen.