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Sakmongkol ak 47

Saturday, 8 November 2008

The (Unspoken) Pekan Declaration

Today the 8th of November, the UMNO Pekan division holds its Mesyuarat Perwakilan Bahagian. It will be officiated by the incoming PM who is also the chairman of this division.

The highlights of the meeting today are as follows:-

  1. There will be no nomination for the post of deputy president
  2. There will be no nominations for the post of the 3 vice presidents.

Are these clever strategies or the usual attempt to sweep unpleasant decisions under the carpet?. This is one of the characteristic indecisiveness of DS Najib. He will go to great lengths to please everyone. Or probably he is living out the tenets of a Machiavellian prince.

Yet, his unwillingness to die the cast is symptomatic of a larger UMNO disease. UMNO leaders and members do not have the intellectual courage and discipline of how to quarrel within democratic permissible boundaries.

Just look at the scorched earth tactics used by the combatants in the UMNO youth race. The same intense rivalries will be replayed in the coming battles and the internecine wars for position in the MKT in the next few months.

DS Najib’s unwillingness to state clearly the preference of UMNO delegates can only indicate that UMNO members are consumed only with one thing- jockeying for position to further their own interests. And if those interests are at variance with Najib’s own at the moment, he faces revolt within the ranks. We are assuming of course, that Najib’s interest for the wellbeing of the party, is top ranked in priority. So, Najib is content to let all those goons battle it out and after the battles and wars, sanity will once again prevail. In that obsession, rivalries within the party are taken to the extreme. Those on opposite ends battle mercilessly to vanquish the other.

Why is DS Najib reluctant to reveal his hand? Because he is scared to offend the contestants. Because the decisions taken by Pekan today, if unchecked will be used as endorsements by the UMNO contestants. Najib wants to avoid these signs.

But this nomination abstinence- will it minimise the strife in the family?

The contestants will resort to reading tea leaves and will be looking for tell tale signs, any hints here and there, as to who Dato Najib prefers.

As for us, we can only infer from the numbers.

As of today, the nominations for deputy president are as follows:-

Muhyiddin = 79

Ali Rustam = 32

TS Mohd Taib = 30.

In order to qualify, the contestants need 39 nominations. Thus far, TS Muhyiddin is the only one to do so. The battle between the man with 2 Muhammads in his name and Ali Rustam, will be intense. Who does Najib favour?

Najib has so far, succeeded in signalling that he favours nobody. Here, he employs the classic strategy of Musa Hitam- he favours the person who wins and that can be anybody. Whoever wins later has no way to say, whom Najib favoured before the outcome.

Najib has so far received all the nominations save one which went to the hermit at Langgak Golf. The huge difference between Najib’s nomination and Muhyiddin clearly indicate, there is no collusion between them. And so Najib’s people are spared from having to defend accusations that Najib wants Muhyidin as his number two. So far, the expression of support has been one way- only Muhydin has said that he is comfortable with Najib. Who isn’t? sakmongkol too can say he is comfortable with Najib. Mat Taib and Ali Rustam can also the same thing. Indeed, sakmongkol can testify that Mat Taib has been to Pekan more than the two others. So, Muhyiddin’s statement that he is comfortable, is of minimal value and he had hoped that by making such statement, will invite enthusiastic support from Najib’s camp, he is mistaken. Najib has remained nonchalant.

The other complication is, the fight for the deputy president can also be seen as a proxy fight between Tun Mahathir and Pak Lah. Tun Mahathir must have somewhat been inclined to Muhyiddin for having succeeded in doing many things. Muhyidin has succeeded in bringing Tun Mahathir and Tengku Tazaleigh together and in that process spooked Najib into an out of character assertive mode. Muhyiddin has been instrumental in stirring up agitations for Pak Lah to leave. But best of all, Muhyidin can be seen to deliver a good uppercut on behalf of Mahathir to Pak Lah.

That opprobrium has incurred the outburst from the Al Ghazali seeker. He has come out with guns blazing against Tun Mahathir and publicly rebuked one of his serving ministers. While Muhyidin displays no shame in staying on, that episode has also shown Pak Lah has lost his marbles.

And so he endorses, Ali Rustam, the man who would have been caught out by the selective trap on money politics in the form of the UMNO Board of Discipline. So Ali Rustam stands out as the knight for Pak Lah.

What will Najib do? For the moment nothing. But sakmongkol senses he will do the following, after tomorrow- tomorrow Pak Lah’s division will convene and news have it, that there will be no nominations for the DP and VP posts. After tomorrow, world will spread that Najib wants Muhyiddin to be his number two. For the following reasons:-

Despite the hopes that Najib will be his own man, he will not want to cross swords with the eminence grise of Malaysian politics. By the way, after this, the sage from Bukit Tunku, the political animal regarded as icon by people like Shahrir, will be completely marginalised. He can spend more time in the lobby of Shangri La.

Because of an overriding desire to get the tacit approval of TDM, Najib will let out signals, that Muhyidin is OK. Just as sakmongkol predicted on who would get the endorsement of youth head in Pekan.

Hmm, lets see how the drama unfolds.


walla 8 November 2008 at 11:06  

Take care of that cough, and good luck to mamasita.

Que sera, sera.

cucupakkasim 8 November 2008 at 11:14  

what? ah..ha.. he play safe again..

Zawi 8 November 2008 at 14:03  

Great analysis. Based on this post no one can accuse you of trying to apple polish the incoming PM.

Anonymous,  8 November 2008 at 15:36  

Apa yang salah di kritik, yang betul di sokong. Jangan jadi pembangkang, betul di hentam yang salah dia lagi baham. Mengkritik bukan bermakna kita benci pemimpin tu tapi kita sayang dia. Kalau salah laku tak ditegur maka akan hanyutlah parti yg di pimpin tu sedikit demi sedikit. Anda sesuai jadi pengkritik dalam umno.. tak kira siapa,, semuanya kena...

Atok Podeh

ChengHo 8 November 2008 at 16:04  

Ds Najib must give his signal whom he want to be his running mate to run the country . The selection shall be based on meritocracy not only politic but economic ,international relation,etc . Ds Najib must think the future of the nation just incase if by grace of god something unpleasant happen to him ,the no. 2 guy should be ready to take over .
Put emotion aside Muhyiddin is the right person for the job.

Erotomania 8 November 2008 at 16:53  
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Erotomania 8 November 2008 at 16:55  

Salam Dato' dan semua pengunjung yang dihormati,

Tak apalah. Bahagian Pekan tak perlu nak calonkan nama siapa-siapa pun. Dah banyak bahagian-bahagian lain dah buat pencalonan dan ada juga yang belum.

Kalau dicalon, orang akan kata NTR memihak orang tertentu. Kalau tak calon, ada jugak yang akan mengkritiknya. Mungkin NTR dah pertimbangkan faktor-faktor tu, maka hasilnya adalah – tak perlu calonkan. Habis cerita.

Nak kritik memanglah senang kan? Tapi apa kata kita sebelum mengkritik tu fikir dulu kenapa agaknya NTR bertindak sedemikian. Memanglah kita akan tergerak untuk fikir yang buruk-buruk saja dulu kan? Ramai antara kita memang kuat prasangka. Itu dah menjadi perkara biasa pun. Tak apa. Kali ni cuba pulak fikir yang baik-baik dulu. Bayangkanlah kita di tempat dia dan kita terpaksa membuat keputusan yang semestinya tidak akan memuaskan hati semua orang. Kalau kita tak boleh cari sebab-sebab yang baik, maka barulah kita boleh mengandaikan bahawa ada niat yang tak baik yang mendorong dia membuat keputusan atau tindakan.

Terima kasih.

Zawi 9 November 2008 at 08:09  

Datuk Sak,
As if on cue, he came out in defence of his indecision by saying it was blessed by MT. Actually a decision by Pekan Division will not be construed as NTR's decision as anything can happen despite the desire of the Head of Divion. A case in point is Machang in Kelantan where Sazmi Meah failed to get his choice of Mukhriz endorsed as candidate for UMNO Youth Head. The Divison chose KJ instead.
Based on that argument, the division's choice may not be NTR's choice.

sakmongkol AK47 aka Mat Tomoi 9 November 2008 at 09:17  

after seeing the horsetrading thats going on in umno- the future leaders of UMNO, i will still say, will be decided in the toilets of PWTC or the toilets of 5 star hotels. delegates expect money to be given to them and they in turn select delegates to the General Assembly from among them- ie. those who are likely to be immersed in the culture of pork barrel politics and horsetrading. at the general Assembly, the whole farce and hypocrisy about re-inventing UMNO will be flushed out in the toilets and bidets.
so the UMNO members who are themselves guilty of the same dirty game, have no moral right to denigrate their own kind going to the Assembly.

Erotomania 9 November 2008 at 13:05  

Just thinking out loud..

What if the delegates are stopped at the entrance of PWTC, asked to hand over whatever extra cash they're bringing and those cash are stored safely in safe deposit boxes (of course they have to hire like hundreds or even thousands of boxes). Delegates are only allowed to bring say... RM 100 cukup tak? into the building.

Before PAU, an important announcement must be made to all delegates - do not bring more than RM 100 to the assembly.

Just thinking outside the box.

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