Thursday, September 25, 2008


The UMNO Emergency Supreme Council Meeting to be held tomorrow will take note a few interesting details :


To a way for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to make an honourable exit and pass on the baton to his deputy Najib Abdul Razak by early next year.


* The controversial 2010 power transition plan

* The postponement of the party’s annual general assembly, currently slated for Dec 16 to 20 which had been deferred once before by Abdullah.


KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi may quit in June 2009, earlier than the 2010 date planned, according to a proposal to be discussed at an emergency meeting of his UMNO party on Friday.

Abdullah had asked the supreme council of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) to move back leadership elections to next year from December to avoid a contested vote in which he may have been forced out, a senior party source told Reuters ... Further info

Summarized from Malaysiakini:

i) Kelantan and Penang : back Abdullah.

ii) Selangor: Lukewarm support. 20 out of 22 divisions are also reported to be dead-set against Abdullah’s transition plan. Petaling Jaya Utara : Najib-Muhyiddin combo is likely be nominated. Sepang : Pledged support for the 2010 transition plan.

iii) Terengganu : Only one division is prepared to back the 2010 transition plan.

iv) Johor : The top two posts to be determined by delegates at the party division meetings due next month. They said;

Committee member for Segamat division, Mohd Azami Othman, said Abdullah should not even think about contesting with Najib as his number two.

“I would like to advise Abdullah not to be taken in by reports from sycophantic quarters. In the end, their support may not materialise.”

Ahmad Kemim, committe member of Johor Baru division, also told Malaysiakini a large number of grassroots wanted a Najib-Muhyiddin pairing.

v) Perak : Up to 10 divisions are said to be keen on an early change in leadership, while another 14 divisions are still waffling.

According to a party insider:

“Pak Lah is under renewed pressure to make a gracious exit before Oct 13 at the very latest.

"Both Najib and Muhyiddin are now confident of getting enough nominations for president and deputy president, leaving Pak Lah out in the cold,” the party insider said here.

A few top leaders had already warned Abdullah that he may not be able to get the minimum 58 nominations needed to defend his presidency.

Umno's 191 divisions begin their annual meetings on Oct 9, when they will also nominate candidates for the top posts.

What's left for Pak Lah now? Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak have not remarked anything yet. One thing for sure, Wanita and Pemuda Chief have made their point clearly to Pak Lah.

June 2009.. is it another twist from Pak Lah? Till we wait for tomorrow's surprises.

Lets share what others have to say too;

  1. UMNO's MKT Meeting 26th September 08 - Sakmongkol AK47
  2. Goodbye Pak Lah - Liberty
  3. Perhimpunan Agung UMNO Bakal Ditunda? - Tangents
  4. Mesyuarat Khas MT UMNO Esok Penuh Spekulasi... - Kuda Kepang

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