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Sakmongkol ak 47

Tuesday 18 November 2008

Now, Sharizat's Hobson's Choice.

Our friend Shahrizat is in a fix. She is caught in between. She has the numbers to go for the top post in Wanita. The incumbent, Rafidah Aziz has the bigger number of nominations. Shahrizat has been promised the ketua post. But only in June 2009.

Her current position as deputy Wanita chief is being challenged. By Kamilia Ibrahim, the Wanita chief of the Kuala Kangsar UMNO division. She has not attended any Wanita exco meetings. She does not want to be part of any communiqué and endorsements of any sort of agreement. She does not countenance any pakat pakat. The hand over from ketua to naib ketua is not provided for in the constitution.

Shahrizat faces a Hobson’s choice really- no choice at all. Having made the bed, she must now lie on it. By allowing nominations of her for the ketua post, she sends signals she actually wants the post of ketua Wanita. She has issued a challenge. The recipient of that challenge is no lily-livered and chopped livered figure. She is Rafidah Aziz who, when she lost the Ketua Wanita post once to Siti Zaharah, refused to shake hands with the victor. Such was her acrimonious reaction.

The subtle messages from the nominations are certainly not lost on Rafidah Aziz and her legions of supporters. Having issued the challenge, Rafidah will reciprocate by preparing for an outright war. It will be hostile.

It is obvious to Wanita watchers, there has been a fallout between the two former comrade in arms. When Rafidah was excluded from the cabinet, she was forced to eat humble pie. Salt was rubbed to the wound, when Sharizat who lost her seat was given an appointment with ministerial status. That was a tight slap on Rafidah’s face. She must have felt betrayed by Shahrizat whom she must have expected to do the honourable thing- to show loyalty to the Wanita boss by refusing the appointment.

In UMNO culture it does not pay to ‘acah acah’ you want to fight. When you do this, your adversary reads it as your political Freudian slip. You are after my post. Come and get it. Rafidah being Rafidah must be saying privately, over my dead body.

Meanwhile our friend Kamilia Ibrahim will not budge from her decision to contest the deputy post. If Shahrizat does not go for the top post, she will face Kamilia. For that position, she cannot be certain of victory.

Why? Because by already issuing a challenge to the boss, she has regrouped Rafidah’s supporters who will turn on her. She has awakened the sleeping lionesses. Plus the supporters of Kamilia, the combination of these forces will pin down Shahrizat.

Shahrizat must not be fooled by the articulation of support from Sabah Wanita UMNO members. Shahrizat will be terribly disappointed to rely on the ephemeral support of the foxy ladies from Sabah. In any case, getting 14 nominations out of 25 from Sabah can hardly be said to be an overwhelming show of support.

The best choice and indeed the only choice for Shahrizat is to go for broke. She can count on the latent disillusionment with the Iron Lady.

Pak Lah says when he comes back, he will talk to the ladies. What can an outgoing president achieve when he meets blood curdled warring factions?


Pak Zawi 18 November 2008 at 18:24  

Shahrizat's indecision could cost her dearly. If she is really worth her salt she must go for broke and face Rafidah heads on.
What can Pak Lah do? He can't even maintain his own position and what more to shore up other people's position.
Kamalia is the next leader to watch. That lady has the gut.

Anonymous,  20 November 2008 at 17:36  


I'm a young Wanita member. After seeing Shahrizat's behaviour of late, even if TSRA were to agree to an earlier transition, I would not want Jat to be her replacement, or even No. 2 for that 3 months.

She shows absolutely zero integrity in my book.

Leaders need to be brave, honest and have principles. Warts and all, TSRA had those qualities.

What a shame.


Anonymous,  21 November 2008 at 12:46  

Future Leader

Rafidah is brave, I agree. Integrity and honesty, pleaselah! What to stabilise the Wanita in three months, she said...more of appointing state leaders and exco members before she goes off.

Anonymous,  22 November 2008 at 15:11  


Well, TSRA's supporters are the type who work in UMNO, unlike Ijat's. They would rather be without positions in the party than be led by one who is a snake. They've remained loyal to the movement even in the days TSRA was not ketua.. They don't need TSRA's 'protection' cuz these women can stand on their own 2 feet. If there are any who should think about protection and support are these lalangs.. oopps.. I mean grassroots.. that are coming out for Ijat..

The question here is about having the qualities befitting of a leader..that's all.

30 years has shown me quite a lot..


Anonymous,  22 November 2008 at 17:37  

Why did she lose in 1996 to Siti Zaharah? And why did she win again in 2000?

I've never been able to find out.

But then again, I'm not a Wanita member.


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