Sunday, April 6, 2008

Selamat bertanding / caught in dilemma of divided loyalties

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Selamat bertanding.

Hishammuddin Tun Hussein hari ini menamatkan teka-teki apabila mengumumkan tidak mempertahankan jawatan Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO yang disandangnya se-jak dua penggal lalu pada pemilihan parti Disember ini.

Bercakap pada sidang akhbar di kementeriannya di sini, Menteri Pelajaran itu berkata, keputusan untuk tidak bertanding dibuat bagi memberi laluan kepada muka baru memimpin sayap kanan yang mempunyai kira-kira 600,000 ahli itu.

Beliau bagaimanapun tidak menyatakan jawatan yang akan ditandinginya nanti dan menyerahkan kepada perwakilan menentukan kedudukannya pada pemilihan itu.

Pengumuman itu sekali gus membuka gelanggang pertandingan bagi merebut jawatan Ketua Pemuda UMNO yang disebut-sebut menyaksikan persaingan sengit pada pemilihan nanti

Antara nama yang disebut-sebut untuk bertanding bagi mengisi kekosongan itu ialah bekas Menteri Besar Selangor yang juga Ahli Majlis Tertinggi (MT) UMNO, Datuk Seri Dr. Mohamad Khir Toyo dan Ahli Parlimen Jerlun yang juga Exco Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.

Selain itu Naib Ketuanya, Khairy Jamaluddin yang memenangi kerusi Parlimen Rembau pada pilihan raya umum yang lalu juga disebut bakal mengambil alih pucuk pimpinan Pemuda UMNO selepas Hishammuddin.

Satu lagi nama yang turut dikait akan bertanding jawatan itu ialah Menteri Tenaga, Air dan Komunikasi, Datuk Shaziman Mansor.
Muhyiddin Yassin, Khir Toyo & Co caught in dilemma of divided loyalties
KUALA LUMPUR � Wanted: Independent- minded person, personality and charisma optional but must seem able to rise above the ashes of Election 2008 and sound like a reformist on one day and a status quo lover on another. And oh yes, it would help if this person is willing to dump some mud on Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his son-in-law Khairy Jamaludin just to prove his credentials.

This is not a fictitious job. Stung by the election results of 2008, troubled by the weight of opinion in the party shifting against the party president and Prime Minister and sensitive to what a political tsunami can do to political ambitions, a growing number of Umno leaders have begun hedging.

For some of them like Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, it is a question of political opportunism. He senses that in this fluid system, neither Abdullah nor his anointed successor Najib Tun Razak is safe. He knows that he is being watched and discussed by the party rank-and-file, who expect him to show �leadership��.

So there are days when he flirts with dismantling the party quota system

and lends voice to grassroots grievances and there are days when he speaks like a statesmen.

For some of them like former Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khir Toyo, it is a question of political survival. His state was snatched from him by the Opposition and he no longer has the choice job of the Umno state liaison chief.

Craving political relevance, he has started a blog and tried to remodel himself as an independent- minded politician. To be fair to him, he made his move 24 hours after March 8, blaming Abdullah and Khairy for the huge defeats suffered by the Barisan Nasional.

Never mind that he and Khairy were close pals and had formed an informal political pact going into the party election year. He discovered early that his good friend was a major political liability, and will in the days ahead cast more aspersions on the son-in-law�s influence on decision-making in Umno.

When he was asked at a function yesterday if Khairy had any influence on BN candidates in the recent general election, he fudged his answer. He said he gave the names for Barisan candidates in Selangor and this was scrutinised by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and party secretary-general.

�But I will admit that there were some outside influences,� he noted. Hard to blame Muhyiddin, Khir Toyo, Ali Rustam and other members of the Umno Supreme Council for posturing.

They are auditioning for future employment. They understand that the Umno grassroots is in a mood to find a scapegoat for Election 2008. At the moment, it is a short list of Abdullah, Khairy, and the PM�s circle of advisors.

But the list of scapegoats could include Umno supreme council members who do not exhibit enough �independence�� or �strong leadership�. With party elections in December, some supreme council members are worried about being punished by the ground.

Some of them are torn between allegiance to the party president and loyalty to themselves. As a compromise, their supporters and aides are speaking to reporters and sending encouraging messages to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

For Muhyiddin, even though he was given a senior Cabinet position, he still carries the wounds of not being consulted enough by Abdullah over the last four years. There have been SMSes floating around about him teaming up with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to challenge the Abdullah-Najib team for the top two positions in the party.

This SMS is likely to be the work of mischief makers but no one should write off the possibility of such a pairing. Not in this is the season of hedging and political auditioning.


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