Umno AGM put off to March; Abdullah to decide by 9 Oct

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This seems to be a compromise to the transition plan – or is it the end of the transition plan? – under which Abdullah was supposed to hand over power to Najib in June 2010. But there was uncertainty over whether Abdullah would even get the 58 nominations he needs from the 191 party divisions to defend his presidency in December.

By putting off the general assembly, he gets to test the waters to see if he can secure those nominations; and if he can’t, he gets to stay on a little longer probably until March and hand over to Najib then. Najib too won’t be seen as power-hungry if he bides his time a little longer.

So will we see a Razaleigh vs Najib contest for the presidency? And where does Muhyiddin fit in? How will Najib, as finance minister, handle the economic slowdown in the coming months? Still a few critical questions hanging in the air. Meanwhile, Anwar is out there…

1229: Abdullah will decide his next move – whether to defend the presidency – by 9 October. He insists that he is not under any pressure to decide. But the pressure seems obvious.

1221: The Umno general assembly has been postponed from this December to March 2009 but the divisional elections will go on as scheduled from 9 October. So will Abdullah stand for the presidency or stand aside for Najib?

1147: Most observers expect that this meeting will have profound implications on the leadership transition within Umno. Can Abdullah survive until mid-June or even this December? That hinges on the big question, will the party elections be postponed to June? The meeting is expected to end in time for Friday prayers.

1100: Umno Supreme Council emergency meeting gets underway.

1020: Abdullah Badawi arrives at the Putra World Trade Centre and holds a private meeting with Najib.

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Ignaoramus

The transition plan effectively puts AAB in his political grave. He has betrayed the trust of the rakyat. he is not strong on people’s issues like prices, ISA, corruption and police brutality. He stoodby without voicing these issues. He should have been the first citizen to condemn acts like the ones recently. On the contrary he “tai chi-ed” them and allowed some minsiters to take a larger role in these issues. When the negative happened he never ventured to correct it effectively. Those caught for corruption were mostly small fries..and the big ones in immmigration caught recently only tells the… Read more »

Ignaoramus

hELLO SINGH..When price of petrol went up..the coffee shop owners raised all their prices up to 30 or even 50 sen in some places.. now price as come down..nothing has come down.. I don’t wear underwears these days to save on the money..I use a piece of old recyled cloth..and throw it away.. An ineffective governmnt does not mean a PM giving a place of dissent and then hammering that dissent away with ISA ..with innocent people being thrown into jail while the perpetratos like that Ahmad Ismail is laughing away… I don’t see how come you cannot see the… Read more »

Kenny Gan

We are ‘grateful’ that Mr Nice And Clean ‘gave space for dissent’ but we must remember that this was due to his inaction rather than any positive action to open up democratic space for dissent. In any case, I think his moniker of Mr Nice and Clean is misplaced. With the continued confinement of the Hindraf 5, the new ISA arrests and his taking sides with Saifool over (what is perceived to be an) imaginary Sodomy II, his rightful moniker should be Mr Mean. So Mr. Dalbinder Singh Gill, your object of adulation is on his way out so had… Read more »

simon li

It simply goes to show how amazingly high our expectations have risen on the Mahathir Index when many are ‘grateful’ that Mr Nice And Clean ‘gave space for dissent’ among his other record-breaking contributions to wiping anew Malaysia’s slate, not forgetting its coffers, crime, corruption, cops and capacity for more of the same. The icing on the cake is of course the box office hits of Mongolian Goodbye and Saifool Strikes Back. I guess this PM was only a Pontius Pilate … when he said the IGP and AG were trustworthy, the ISA was conferred on a journalist, an MP… Read more »

Johanssm aka KhunPana

In umno , maybe only razaleigh stands out.
but he still have to explain the bank bumi scandal.
But my wish is to let umno dies a natural death.bn will be the opposition by the next election.As they got too corrupted and too arrogant.Spun beyond control as well.

Mr.Singh, can you get direct to the point next time.
Its no fun reading your long things in bold lettering.
The monitor is not going to be easy on our eyes.

New Malaysian

And the flip flop fends off another thrust! Or has he? My take is that the writing is very clearly on the wall for Pak Lah. He’s on his way out; but when exactly? 9th Oct? March 2009? In the face of such an unprecedented open assault on his tenure he has bought time to attend to “unfinished business”: not projects for the rakyat, dear me, no. He’s got to tie up some very embarrassing loose ends vis-a-vis Kalimullah, Khairy and assoc. which if left to his successors will come around to haunt his clique in real nasty measure. Can… Read more »

simon li

It does look like Dalbinder Singh Gill is panning for admission into UMNO’s innermost circles. There seems to be a lot of frustration and venom in his ranting which does not speak well of his state of mind. I say this not to ridicule him but in bemusement that (he) is actually proud of the fact that he screamed in support of the ISA in this forum and now rejoices at mocking even the vigil for those suffering under the cruel yoke of oppression and injustice. I shudder at what Singh would have been like if he had lived in… Read more »

Kenny Gan

And Singh, please break your writings into paragraphs next time. It’s hard to read although I must admit I didn’t bother to read all of your rants.

old fart

Mr Singh, buy better quality toddy lah, next time! At the least, the good quality ones would keep your mouth smelling a bit better. NO?

Kenny Gan

Mr. Singh, having the interest of the people at heart and being able to govern effectively are two different things. Are we to excuse Pak Lah for his ineptness as a PM just because he is a “good” man? In any case, I dispute your assessment of his good heart as he appears to have a mean streak. This is the same man who can put RPK in jail just before Raya. As for your “say NO to anwar and his pakatan TIPU rakyat” that remains to be proven. However Umno has certainly robbed and cheated the rakyat for 50+… Read more »

simon li

HARAKIRI is supposedly a death by honour. What can anyone say to an outcome that was patently obvious to everyone but Abdullah and those UMNO warlords who had thrown in their lot with him during his merry years? 2004 marked the beginning of his demise but not its cause. Abdullah’s unprecedented electoral victory reinforced his instincts that the Malaysian general public and kampong folk are a sub-species that begs to be trifled with to serve his ends. The cause is no less the cynical sense of elitism and greed… that marks his outlook and that of his SIL. He had… Read more »

cancan

This country does not belongs to two persons only!

http://www.kingsmary.blogspot.com/

delCapo

will Ku Li still challenge if it’s Najib?? that should tell us a few more things =]

wat will become of KJ??

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Eagle has landed

Be it March or December, but UMNO election is not an interesting event to follow. Pak Lah or Najib. What different does it make. The former is so confused and the later is hypocrite, that make those two deserve to be kicked out. While the economic slowdown and financial crisis at our doorstep, both of them continue to play ‘wayang kulit’ for their political expediency. Even with today UMNO supreme council meeting, so what,,…what is the news? Another political maneuver just to extent both their political survival while taking advantage of the time and space to make another move. Both… Read more »

Han2

Pak Lah has the interest of the people at heart? Mr. Singh, you have not heard my personal experience meeting this flip-flop man yet so don’t go crowing so much okay.

Abdul

KJ seems to be losing off alongside his FIL. But I wonder if Amno is in charge of all BN MPs including its own MPs because there are hardcore anti-Mahathirists in Umno who will never support Najib simply that he is a Mahathir project. Also non-Malay MPs are not ready for Mahathir again knowing that he has burned the bridges with their communities and the nation is still paying the price of his ugly policies. With Tengku Ku li shut out, with DSAI on the sidelines, with confusion reigning, I don’t see why would this purported plan work anyway. I… Read more »

wandererAUS

While the world is facing an economic crisis, UMNO leaders are playing politics. Unfortunately, they are also Malaysian ruling leaders. Are these so called leaders, think Malaysia financial institutions are immune to the crisis?

Markky

Be a Randy Pausch of The last Lecture. When he knew his time was up, he went around doing good instead of wallowing in self-pity. Reform the judiciary, abolish ISA and release all ISA detainees, revamp the police force etc. Do all you can and leave a legacy that we Msians can be proud for years to come.

Chan Teck Hock

Dear Dalbinder Singh,

If you still think that AAB “always has people at his heart”, please read Puan Norlaila (Mat Shah Satray/ISA detainee’s wife) account that her husband was put into solidary confinement for 4 years after she managed to hand AAB an appeal letter. Is this the kind of “people’s first” person that ABB is? There is a Chinese word for this type of quiet evil person – “TUK”.

You and I have been “deprived” for so long that you are beginning to enjoy the “sodomy”. I feel so sad for you.

Rakesh Bajaj

Mr Singh,evidently ur messages above are a vent because some YB didnt turn up at ur event..what has wifi got to do with attending a function..i leave to ur weird thought process..to me its no relevance..one is an investment in infrastructure and another is a selfish want of a show face that says :see?i know this guy.. good he didnt…ur words show that u actually did support this Yb(which is why u called him in the first place)You say that his opinion is biased..so is urs…and that is what his blog represents: a meeting place where people of contradicting opinions… Read more »

JI

Mr Singh , too much toddy today eh ?

Dalbinder Singh Gill

i wrote this to V, …, we invited Yb X to a temple my dad is involved in the funding of the temple rebuilding in bukit dumbar, he did not turn up, all waiting there, our reputation affected. He could have sms but no , secretary also tak guna, And they want WIFI in Penang, haha. I am not criticising anybodies religion or judging a YB just on once incident. another useless Yb is YB Y, i wanna contest against them in PRU13, i dont want the people to suffer in their … hands, can u imagine , we met… Read more »

Dalbinder Singh Gill

ask your heart deeply ok , you are doing this for yourself and not for malaysians, it may sound like an accusation but a lie detector will tell a thousand words or God is the best solution, don’ think i am bringing god in or anyone else . no

say NO to anwar and his pakatan TIPU rakyat

regards, dalbinder

Dalbinder Singh Gill

I DARE YOU TO PUBLISH MY COMMENT AT YOUR MAIN PAGE. YOU GUYS (MEANING YOU ANIL AND YOUR FRIENDS) EVEN PLAYED UP AHMAD ISMAILS ISSUE AND SOLVED IT IN AN UNPROFFESIONAL WAY. YES HE MAY HAVE PLAYED UP A RACIAL ISSUE BUT HE DID IT AS AN INDIVIDUAL THUS WE SHOULD HAVE HEED RESPECT TO CONSTANT ADVICE BY OUR PRIME MINISTER THAT WE ALL MUST BE UNITED AND NOT GET SPARKED BY SUCH STATEMENTS AS UNITY IS SENSITIVE IN MALAYSIA BUT NO INSTEAD WE STARTED PLAYING WITH IT, QUESTIONING RIGHTS OF OTHERS, JUST LOOK AT THE PRIME MINISTER, HE WAS… Read more »

dark horse

I wonder if the decision to postpone the AGM to March is well received and endorsed by all Supreme Council members. As Mahathir said are they really supreme? Abdullah is actually buying time, to see if he will get enough nomination for president post. This is the first time in UMNO histry the current president said that he will decide later (before October 9) if he needs to defend the post. It is all clear to me that he is actually on the way out. What can he do until March? He always say he has a lot of things… Read more »