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UMNO General Assembly Winners And Losers

The list of winners and losers of the Umno General Assembly compiled by The Malaysian Insider based on feedback and interviews.

Winners:

  • Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (first day) – He maybe limping out of office but candidates aligned to him did well. Son-in-law and original member of the fourth floor, Khairy Jamaluddin, won the top position in Umno Youth while deputy chief of staff Datuk Ahmad Zaki Zahid won a place on Umno Youth executive council and Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil — the person he appointed to the Cabinet even after she lost her seat in Lembah Pantai — is the new Wanita Umno chief.
    The only blot was the defeat of Datuk Reezal Marican, Abdullah’s political secretary. He lost the number two position in Umno Youth to Datuk Razali Ibrahim.
  • Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – Today’s victory complete the astounding turnaround for the Perak politician. He was detained under the Internal Security Act, ostracised by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for being a follower of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, forced out of Umno Youth and into political wilderness and then brought back into the party by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
    Now he is one of the most powerful figures in Umno and certain bet for a senior Cabinet position.
  • Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin – This was the prize that Muhyiddin and his supporters have been eyeing since Election 2008, when it became apparent that it would only be a matter of time for Najib to replace Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as president and for the number two position to become vacant.
    Muhyiddin led the charge to get Abdullah to step down earlier but he was not a shoo-in for the deputy president’s position. Only the endorsement of the Najib camp and the disqualification of Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Ali Rustam pushed him over the line today against rank outsider, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib. But a win is a win, and a month from now, most people would have forgotten the margin of victory or the back story.
  • Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (second day) – delivered probably one of the best speeches during his time as Umno president and prime minister. And 17 of the 25 successful Supreme Council candidates are either those whom he appointed to the Cabinet, government positions or identified in the party as his men. These men and woman are acceptable to Najib.
  • Datuk Norraesah Mohamad – the former banker was told by Abdullah that she would be appointed to the Cabinet if she won the Balik Pulau parliamentary constituency on March 8 2008. She lost and has been flirting with political oblivion till today, becoming the only woman to win a seat on the powerful Supreme Council.
  • Datuk Mustapha Mohamad – Quiet and unassuming, the Kelantan politician made the biggest noise in the Supreme Council polls when he garnered the most number of votes. Pretty impressive for someone who still has his clean image intact after years in Umno.

Losers:

  • Supporters of Datuk Seri Najib Razak – They wanted Datuk Rafidah Aziz to retain her Wanita Umno position and even penciled her for a return for the Cabinet but the view among party delegates was that change was necessary. In addition, while Najib was careful not to endorse any one of the three candidates for the Umno Youth position, his supporters were partial to Datuk Dr Khir Toyo.
  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – He has been trying to influence the choices of Umno delegates from the word go, warning them against supporting either Khairy or Dr Khir. And what did the delegates do? They endorsed Khairy as Youth chief, put Dr Khir in second place and relegated Mukhriz to third. Were they sending Dr Mahathir a message? No. They were just reminding all Umno leaders, past and present, that the small man on the ground often has a mind of his own. He sees through the doublespeak and hypocrisy.
  • Dr Khir – He lost the country’s most prosperous state to the opposition in Election 2008 and is now a target of a corruption and abuse of power investigation by a Pakatan Rakyat bent on opening up all the Khir Files. Last night, he left the hall early after realising that many delegates who promised their support did not deliver.
  • Mohd Zaini Mohd Said – Who? This delegate from Umno is the type of grassroots politicians who today fill up the ranks of the proud party founded by the colour-blind Onn Jaafar. He is the epitome of the narrow-minded, chauvinistic and might is right Umno member. Delivering his address yesterday, he called for Datuk Ahmad Ismail — the same gentleman who called Chinese in Malaysia squatters in the run-up to the Permatang Pauh by-election — a hero. He wanted Ahmad to be reinstated, saying that he was a true defender of Malay rights.
    Then to make matters worse, he rounded on the government for “allowing’’ Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim out of prison on charges of corruption and sodomy. Obviously the doctrine of the separation of powers means little to him. And the fact that Anwar was cleared by the Federal Court even less.
  • Datuk Adnan Yaacob, Datuk Mohamad Hassan and Datuk Ghani Othman – It is a rare day when party members boot out so many mentri besars but this was the fate that befell Adnan(Pahang), Mohamad (Negeri Sembilan) and Ghani (Johor).
    The talk along the corridors of the Putra World Trade Centre was that these three men had paid the price for not opening up their wallets and for their unfriendly persona.
  • Datuk Azalina Othman Said – She asked party delegates to remember that she was innocent until proven guilty but it was always going to be a hike up Mount Kinabalu after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said that they were investigating her for money politics. It would be a minor miracle if she is named to the Najib cabinet.
  • Datuk Ali Rustam – It was certainly a case of what it could have been for Ali. He was barred from contesting the number two position in Umno for breaching party ethics but even now, a great many delegates believe that he was a target of selective prosecution and a certainty for deputy president’s position.
  • Datuk Syed Hamid Albar and Datuk Seri Rais Yatim – There will be a new Home Minister and there will be a new Foreign Minister.
    Rais hoped that Dr Mahathir’s endorsement would propel him to victory. It did not.
    Syed Hamid hoped that his tough man act as the Home Minister would catch the attention of the voters. It did not.
  • Malaysians – What else can you do besides shrug your shoulders and wonder what is going in Umno when three of the most obnoxious MPs – Datuk Bung Mokthar Radin, Datuk Puad Zarkashi and Datuk Tajudin Rahman – get elected to the most powerful decision-making body in the party.
    These chaps rub non-Malays the wrong way all the time and two of them (Bung Mokhtar and Tajudin) score high on the sexism chart.

Source : The Malaysian Insider

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  1. pakaian wanita on June 10th, 2010

    sometimes perempuan termasuk manusia yang aneh. pengennya macam-macam. Susah dimengerti. tetapi wanita tercipta lebih banyak bicara. kata-kata yang dikeluarkan jauh lebih banyak dari seorang cowok. Berdasarkan survey di lapangannya memang begitu, dan wajib dipenuhi. biar gak cepat tua kali ya…. :d so dengarkanlah…

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