“96 to 78″An Early Boost

The strategic considerations by the UMNO youth to pick a new leader to take over from Hishamuddin Hussein will take centre stage in all the meetings till November 9th. In this Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/90976 headlined Khairy gets 1st nomination for Youth Chief, it just goes to show that delegates believed Khairy was better able to take the Youth wing to ‘greater heights’.

Why is this so since the Machang Youth division had been tipped to nominate Mukhriz, the son of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad? This should be a landslide win for Mukhriz since the division has indicated their sentiments and allegiance before the votes were counted. Is this an indication for all the youth wings to follow? Khairy’s father inlaw PM Abdullah has announced he will step down in March but when you are still in the “CORRIDORS OF POWER” the influence is worth already 10 votes. Khairy’s whispers can still create the ripples in the calm lake to develop into a WHIRL POOL. The road to survival or ruin will depend on how the divisions and aspirants for the posts play their cards.

Khairy, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, faces a tough fight against Mukhriz Mahathir, Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and Zahidi Zainul Abidin for the influential Youth post. For now Khairy has the 1st one in the pocket and many political analysts says it is still a tough road ahead for him.

Khairy knows that Tun Mahathir has thrown down the challenge to him and he will be wary of the traps that will be in his path. Earlier, Mahathir had taken POT SHOTS by saying Khairy would employ undemocratic methods to ensure his victory.Khairy needs to fully concentrate and wholeheartedly give his all in his quest to be the Youth Chief of UMNO come March 2009.

I’m sure when the results were announced you could hear a pin drop and the walls of Perdana Leadership Foundation must have  reverberated loud and clear. Khairy’s election machinery will be tested to the fullest in the coming weeks. Like they say in football,”Take your chances or else by the 90th minute you live to regret.”….

Related http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/90987

“ITS A FURNACE NOW…….”

I received a phone call from an UMNO member that the race is heating up for the No.2 posts. Guess what he said..? Muhd Muhd Taib is joining in the race as he has been getting calls nonstop especially from Sabah and Selangor who feels that he should give it a go. Just then, Natasha called and confirmed that Malaysiakini has posted this report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/90948

He today offered himself as a candidate for the deputy presidency of Umno, setting the stage for a heated and crowded contest. The Umno stalwart is the fourth prominent Umno leader to join the chase after former Youth chief Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, vice president Mohd Ali Rustam and Pulai division head Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

So its now turned into a Furnace and its all primed for a keenly fought battle of NO.2 man in UMNO and by convention the deputy president becomes the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. It is up to the delegates to decide who they want to nominate but there are a lot of politiking to be done in UMNO just yet before the final picture emerges.

 Related:-  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/90921

ANWAR..IS THE TURBULENCE OVER..?

Penang will lose one of it favourite sons in March 2009 so it seems. So it was no surprise when Malaysiakini reported http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/90938 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s decision to quit as prime minister next March has been greeted with mixed feelings in Penang.Seberang Jaya assemblyperson Ariff Shah Omar Shah expressed sadness over the imminent departure of the Penang-born premier but added that the new leadership would boost the image of the coalition and improve its chances in future elections.

 From the reactions as seen on the TV it seems that the HANDSHAKES are quickly thrusted towards the direction of DPM Najib. BN leaders are especially quick with the “behaviourial patterns” and we will remember the phrase”dog-eats-dog”world. So Anwar you are not the masterjust yet and the panting of the dog with the tongue hanging out is at the moment reserved for Najib who will walk through the corridors of power. Anwar is the turbulence really over?

Anwar as we know has long desired to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia. he shares this aspiration now with Najib as both are “PM-in Waiting” One it seems is more clear cut or is it? Najib still needs to win the trusts of the GA in March and hopes that Abdullah passes on the baton.

Anwars failure of 916 will only make him try harder and perhaps to work in a more surreptitious manner. Anwar was supposed to take over the reins in the 1990s assuming he had tip toed behind Mahathir. That is history now and secondly this failed attempt of unseating the government with defectors/crossovers of MPs. The third opportunity will be we say the 13th GENERAL ELECTIONS and this will be his final grasp of his dream. For now as we interviewed the people on the ground they are saying,”The turbulence has subsided”. Bugi Wijaya with his report from Sabah.

“Its back to normal,” says Ali Mahmud, on the announcement by PM not defending his UMNO President post.  Nancy chorused, “yes, you are correct.  The swing and uncertainty that has been hanging around us has right itself now.  We can all go back to our life”. these were just a few reactions that we managed to get from the man in the street.  What ever Malaysia has gone through in the past few months has now momentarily stabilised.  Life is back to normal.  The window opportunity exholed by SAPP President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee has now slammed shut.

Even with PM press statement and all the chorus boys songs, the quote of the day belongs to a member of the public who claims to be a family friend of former SAPP Constituency Liaison Committee (CLC) Chairman of Sungai Sibuga,Yap Vui Hun who was also an exco member of the Youth movement.  Yap had been reported in the papers (http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/22279) that 410 members had representing three branches had quit the paper.

As the norm, PM decision was met by the chorus boys (BN component parties) who suddenly were singing songs of praise.  It was a tough call by PM but its a masterpiece decision.  BN was like an aircraft hit by air turbulence after the March 8 GE12.  Its casualty was SAPP and some other component leaders and we had the Pakatan Alliance leader DSAI trying to take over the cockpit during that time.
 
You see, when a aircraft is hit by a turbulence normally it is hit into a steep dive with the captain and the co-pilot fighting for control of the aircraft.  During that moment, there should be no interference.  DSAI tried but little did he realised that it was a dangerous and risky thing to do.  As some of the passengers urge DSAI on, in the cockpit the two main pilots manage to bring the aircraft back to autopilot.
Now its a matter of landing the aircraft and all will end well.  Meaning?  BN will rule for the remaining of its term and whatever DSAI may claimed, he would have to wait for the next GE13 for any snap poll (if any…).  SAPP? It seems that suddenly they made the wrong move but if they remain committed to their cause and with no more branches being dissolved, they should be a force to watch out for in the future.

He said, “The photo in the paper was Yap, Yap’s mum-in-law, brother and its seems to be a family affair.  Where is the photo showing all the 410 members at the meeting to discuss their quitting SAPP?  Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is a bad influence.  Its seems that to be a politician, you must always exaggerate the numbers.”So it seems like life goes back to normal now, BN happily doing their people projects and development programs.  But do remember, keep your seatbelt fasten and even if the aircraft had landed, keep your seatbelt on until the aircraft had come to a complete stop.

So will Penang get its former glory come back in the future with Anwar as the Prime Minister.? That is the future for now Malaysians by and large are more concerned about the economy than the changes of government per se. Most people will welcome a new leader if it will lead to greater economic prosperity but for now REALITY has set in.
It remains to be seen who will prevail. The defining moment as a political lecturer said will be ‘decided during the 13th General Election rather than during the life of this government.BN has got a 2nd Life. All the “Samurai’s,Dadao swords,Machetes and Parangs will take their places appropriately as a”Decorative” Item for now.It might just make an apperance or two in the future. 
We all know that many of yesterdays politicians whose political careers are frozen stiff need to shift their alliances in order to stay relevant. We await as always a new “POLITICAL MASTER IN THE HORIZON” who will bring MALAYSIABOLEHLAND forward for our children and grandchildren towards 2020 and beyond…….

“HABIS WAYANG”-WHATS NEXT…? ~ Malaysiakini

Like a ‘Blink of an Eye” there would not be any more indecision from the anointed one by Mahathir and Abdullah come March. This Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/90926 which under the power transition plan agreed between Abdullah and his deputy Najib, the latter will take over as soon as Abdullah steps down, which will then give way for the deputy president post to be contested .
Its on everyones lips. Bugi Wijaya is in Tawau and the the topic during breakfast this morning was no different.Front page news in all the local dailies “The news of PM Pak Lah not contesting the UMNO President post in the coming March 2009 congress”.  “Habis wayang”, exclaimed the laksa stall owner joining in our conversation. He meant its game over for those from PM critics to DSAI Pakatan Alliances.  Now they would have to find a  new punching bag.
 
So the song by Skeeter Davis titled “End Of The World” sums it all up for those who are now left with no more punching bag to vent off their frustrations…………..
 
This song is for you folks out there now. looking, aiming for a new target, so while waiting to get a new life enjoy the song……
 
Why does the sun go on shining
Why does the sea rush to shore
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
‘Cause you don’t love me any more

Why do the birds go on singing
Why do the stars glow above
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
It ended when I lost your love

I wake up in the morning and I wonder
Why everything’s the same as it was
I can’t understand, no, I can’t understand
How life goes on the way it does

Why does my heart go on beating
Why do these eyes of mine cry
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
It ended when you said goodbye

Why does my heart go on beating
Why do these eyes of mine cry
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
It ended when you said goodbye

………….sob…………….sob…………..
As the Chief Political Secretary to the Chief Minister of Sarawak Abdul Karim Hamzah puts it this morning,” I really look up to Pak Lah for what he has done for the country.Under him we have LIBERALISATION and efforts to eradicate CORRUPTION and TRANSPARENCY in government. So he said NEXT..we hope that the new leadership will continue with what has been introduced by PAK LAH.
In another news report from our audie 61 corresondent in Sabah ‘Cindy Basilan”
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman had asked all quarters to stop questioning his decision to retain SAPP Independent BN, Datuk Raymond Tan as his deputy and state Infrastructure Minister. This was in response to the WAR OF THE WORDS between MCA, PBS, LDP and even his former science advisor Datuk Tham Nyip Shen which was spiralling into the WAR OF THE POSITION.
 
The road ahead is also not rosy for Datuk Raymond Tan.  In the event he form a new political party, its unlikely to be admitted into BN as LDP and PBS had said that there is no need for a new party and those who left SAPP should just join another component as long as they subcribe to the BN beliefs.  MCA had openly demanded to be the CHOSEN one to replace him.
 
SAPP will have their EXCO meeting on the 12 October 2008 at the party HQ before their Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations at the Dewan Kg. Unggun, Menggatal, Sepangar, KK.  Whatever decision made on the fate of Tan will only be known after the SAPP supreme council meeting to be held on 25 October 2008.
 
Meanwhile, a lot of people are asking what happen to political secretary to the Chief Minister Jimmy Wong.  Why had he not quit his political appointed post since he had quit SAPP.  A Dr. Wong said that Jimmy was Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman accountant in the early days and had been a faithful employee of CM in building up his business prior to joining politics. This is the basic reason why Musa did not replace Jimmy Wong.
 
Even so, as a matter of principle Jimmy Wong should have quit his political secretary post like the rest who resigned their post when they quit SAPP.  Some say he is needed to be the one rounding up members to quit SAPP to join the new party of Tan.
 
Is it true?  Like CSI series, we wait for the next episode of Macam macam Ada in Sabah.