With Ali Rustam now out of the running, the coast appears to be clear for Muyhiddin to claim the Umno deputy presidency with his only challenger now being Mat Taib.
The thing is, does it make any difference who the No. 2 is?
If anything, this move will only worsen factionalism within the party.
It is not any single individual who is the real problem but the whole system of money politics: the close ties between business and politics, the system of patronage, rent-seeking and cronyism….
That is much harder to uproot – for we are talking about a whole culture, the motivation for entering politics, vote-buying (not just during party elections but also by-elections and general elections).