Friday, September 12, 2008

Should the UMNO transition plan in mid-2010 be challenged?

Pursuing the persuasion of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to rejoin Umno and Muhyiddin's call for the PM to rethink his transition plan, it seems that the intensifying pressure on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi to quit ahead of the timetable is exerting.

Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recent statement said that the time frame for the national leadership transition in mid-2010 is too long and should be hastened.

He said he had no intention of hurting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s feeling but felt that it was his responsibility to convey the views.

Interestingly, Deputy Prime Minister and Umno deputy president Najib Abdul Razak said he would leave it to party members to decide if they wanted to accept a power transition pact knocked out between himself and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi whereby the latter would hand over the top post in both the country and party to him by 2010.

The new scenario arises after former Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Sabaruddin Chik, who disclosed that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been persuaded to rejoin Umno and the decision to support Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for the post of Umno president in the party election in December. These were among the matters discussed at a private meeting at Dr Mahathir’s Cyberjaya residence last Saturday.

Besides Dr Mahathir and Sabaruddin, the meeting also involved Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Tengku Razaleigh and former secretary-general Tan Sri Sanusi Junid.

Abdullah had said he was taken by surprise over the party vice-president's statement. Could the PM be forced to consider appointing Najib as the acting PM sooner than he had envisaged, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is the next Umno president or business is usual? Politics is the art of impossible, let’s wait and see.

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