Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ku Li sanggah Abdullah / Umno warlords hold Abdullah’s fate

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Ku Li sanggah Abdullah: Perlembagaan Umno benarkan EGM

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 April - Perlembagaan Umno membenarkan bahagian-bahagian parti mengadakan mesyuarat agung luar biasa (EGM), kata Ketua Umno Bahagian Gua Musang Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah hari ini, seperti dilaporkan Bernama.

"Perlembagaan parti membenarkannya. Saya bukan kata ia bertentangan dengan semangat (parti) tetapi jika mahu mengadakan mesyuarat agung, tiada yang dapat menghalangnya. Ia dibenarkan oleh perlembagaan.

"Tetapi sama ada mereka boleh mendapatkan sebanyak mana (bahagian) untuk mengadakan mesyuarat serupa supaya mereka dapat mengadakan perhimpunan agung luar biasa, itu merupakan perkara berbeza," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri majlis perasmian sidang pertama Parlimen ke-12 di sini hari ini.

Tengku Razaleigh, yang juga anggota Parlimen Gua Musang, mengulas kenyataan Presiden Umno Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi semalam supaya semua bahagian parti berhenti mengadakan EGM untuk membincangkan masalah parti dan menggesa pemimpin meletak jawatan.

Tengku Razaleigh berkata ini akan hanya menggalakkan akar umbi menyuarakan pendapat mereka secara tidak mengikut undang-undang. "Pemimpin menggesa anggota parti berjumpa mereka. Kenapa mereka tidak menggalakkan mereka mengadakan mesyuarat mengikut prosedur yang ditetapkan perlembagaan parti," katanya.

Selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi Umno semalam, Abdullah berkata daripada mengadakan mesyuarat bagi mendesak peralihan kuasa sebelum pemilihan parti Disember ini, anggota Umno sepatutnya menumpukan kepada perkara berkaitan dengan kepentingan rakyat.

Lagipun, beliau berkata pucuk pimpinan sudah menerima dan memahami kehendak akar umbi.

Tengku Razaleigh berkata kurangnya mesyuarat dan perundingan akan hanya melemahkan parti.

"Perasaan rakyat tidak dapat dikawal. Jika mahu menjadi stereotaip, dengan itu hanya perlu menulis semuanya dalam sekeping kertas untuk mereka ikuti, ulangi apa yang kita mahu mereka katakan. Tetapi ini sebuah negara merdeka dan semua orang berhak menyuarakan apa yang mereka mahu katakan. Sama ada apa yang mereka katakan itu betul atau tidak, biar rakyat menentukannya, " katanya.

Ditanya sama ada banyak bahagian merancang untuk mengadakan EGM, Tengku Razaleigh berkata terdapat mereka yang telah bersiap sedia untuk mengadakan mesyuarat itu.

Bekas Setiausaha Agung Umno Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad memberitahu Bernama bahawa mengadakan EGM pada masa ini hanya membazirkan masa kerana perhimpunan agung parti akan diadakan pada Disember.

"Tidak banyak masa yang ada untuk mengadakannya (EGM). Jika mereka mahu lakukan, misalnya, mencadangkan usul untuk memansuhkan sistem kuota, mereka perlukan separuh daripada jumlah bahagian untuk mengadakan EGM. Hanya selepas itu baru boleh mengadakan mesyuarat agung luar biasa.

"Tetapi mesyuarat peringkat cawangan akan bermula tidak lama lagi, pada Julai, jadi tidak ada cukup masa untuk mengadakannya, walaupun ia dibenarkan oleh perlembagaan, " katanya.

Anggota Parlimen Jerlun Dato' Mukhriz Tun Mahathir juga tidak bersetuju dengan gesaan Presiden Umno supaya bahagian parti tidak lagi mengadakan EGM kerana ia merupakan hak anggota parti.

"Saya ingat tidak sesuai untuk Presiden menyatakan EGM tidak diperlukan kerana ini hak ahli di peringkat bahagian untuk memutuskan sama ada EGM itu diperlukan atau tidak," katanya ketika ditemui di lobi Parlimen.

Mukhriz berkata, jika ada bahagian yang mahu terus mengadakan EGM, mereka tidak patut dihalang.

Katanya beliau berharap ketua-ketua cawangan Umno diberi peluang untuk meluahkan perasaan masing-masing melalui sesi soal jawab pada perjumpaan dengan presiden parti yang akan diadakan tidak lama lagi.

"Kalau mereka datang dari seluruh negara berjumpa dengan presiden tetapi jika tidak diberi peluang untuk bercakap, maka saya ingat itu tidak bermakna. Biarlah mereka menyampaikan maklumat dan isi hati mereka secara langsung kepada presiden," katanya.





The Malaysian Insider

‘Unemployed’ Umno warlords hold Abdullah’s fate in their hands
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — Pundits are saying that history will judge him well. The neutrals are pleased that his reform agenda is moving along well. His supporters believe that with each passing day he will transfer power only when he is ready.

But, really, their views do not matter.

The slight lift in fortunes for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi since March 8 could be short-lived if he does not win over a select group of people — the Umno division chiefs. Especially the 90 division chiefs who have become “unemployed” since the Pakatan Rakyat mugged the Barisan Nasional in Election 2008, taking control of Perak, Penang, Kedah and Selangor and claiming the Federal Territory in the process.

The Umno division chiefs dictate the voting pattern at the branch and division levels and influence key decisions at the ground level, including whether special meetings should be convened to discuss Abdullah’s future in the party; whether Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah or Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be invited to their divisions; whether Abdullah should receive nominations to contest the party president’s position in December and even which election candidates should be supported.

In short, they are the kingmakers. Dr Mahathir was able to hold on to power in Umno after the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 because he was able, through a combination of threats and largesse, to keep these warlords in his corner. But Abdullah faces a stiffer challenge.

Party officials tell the Insider that as many as 90 grassroots leaders from Perak, Penang, Kedah, Selangor and across the country have been “unemployed” since March 8. They are no longer state assemblymen, MPs, state executive councillors or sit on the boards of state agencies. They no longer have salaries, allowances and perks like drivers or bodyguards.

A party official, who has been monitoring the sentiment in Umno for the leadership, told the Insider: “They also have house payments to make, look after their children’s education, school fees and also need funds to run their divisions. They never expected to be out of office.”

He believes that Abdullah needs to look after the division heads or at least take some steps to lighten their burden. Otherwise, they will gravitate to politicians who are interested in forcing the party president to step down before December. Worse yet for Abdullah, they may nominate others to challenge him for the party president’s post.

Branches will begin their meetings in mid-July while divisions will start meetings in September. Between now and then, Abdullah may have to appoint some of these division heads to federal-run agencies in the Pakatan Rakyat-held states, or even give the bigger warlords positions in government-linked companies. The rumblings on the ground suggest that they have not been as impressed with Abdullah’s moves to reform the judiciary or the Anti-Corruption Agency as other Malaysians.

Professor Datuk Mohamed Ariff, the executive director of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, wrote: “It is not difficult to argue why Abdullah should continue to be at the helm for some time to come. Contrary to what his detractors may have to say, Abdullah already has much to his credit since he became the prime minister. His leadership differed from that of his predecessor not only in terms of style but also in substance… Indications are that history will not judge him harshly and recognise his iconic contributions to the democratic heritage of the country.”

But for the Umno power brokers at division level, these positive changes have little impact on their lives. They are influenced by less lofty ideals and plans. All they want is their stature, position and livelihood back. Abdullah’s ability to deliver these things could finally decide his longevity as Umno president and Prime Minister of Malaysia.


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