Friday, September 26, 2008
It appears that the public now seems to think that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong should intervene to put certainty and order back in the country. Some quarters however felt that such is not desirable, arguing that it is not appropriate to get the king involved in it.
Apparently this view fails to take into consideration various facets of the king’s role and functions under the constitution. On top of that the intervention seems the only available option given that the prime minister has already refused to consider, let alone allow, the convening of parliament to see whether he still has the majority behind him.
Lim Kit Siang � Blog Archive � Emergency Umno Supreme Council meeting - for the sake of Abdullah or Malaysia?
There were all sorts of rumours last week, including the quite “unbelievable” one (which I mentioned in my blog) that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had been given up to Sept. 26 to step down as Prime Minister - although nobody was able to explain why Sept. 26 as the deadline for at least a clear-cut announcement of his retirement intention rather than the more believable Oct. 9."
The decision by the United Malays National Organization comes amid calls by dissidents in the party for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down earlier than his deadline of 2010
Abdullah told reporters Friday (26 Sept) that postponing the elections will allow him to leave office early. He did not elaborate.
He also did not say if he will contest the post of party president in March. Traditionally, the UMNO president becomes the prime minister. (AP)"
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 - If the Umno Supreme Council endorses the new transition deal this morning, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will announce that he will not seek re-election as president but will continue to head the party for at least eight months more until the elections are held.
Judging by behind the scenes discussion over the past 48 hours, there is every reason to believe that the council elders will fight for the plan, which involves postponing elections from December till May or June next year, and Abdullah handing over the reins to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak then.
Still, selling the idea of postponing the party polls to the rank and file is not going to be a walk in the park for council members. Many branch and division leaders have expanded a lot of resources and funds on galvanizing their supporters. Having to go through the same expensive process in a few months' time is not going to be an attractive option for them."
30-minute private meeting
Postponement of annual assembly"
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Thursday, 25 September 2008 17:25
By Wong Chin Huat, The Nut Graph
MINISTER of international trade and industry Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says Umno needs to reform or it, and by extension the Barisan Nasional (BN), may perish by 2013.
He is spot on, but what kind of reforms does Umno need to undertake? What has gone wrong with Umno and the BN?
For people like Muhyiddin, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and most critics of prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the problem is the individual in power. Change the person in charge, and the party will rejuvenate. Nothing can be changed without a change in leadership first.
This writer begs to differ.
The electoral one-party state that Umno has built and defended virtually since Independence is the disease, the leadership only its symptom."