Friday, November 21, 2008

Rafidah VS Shahrizat

The political power struggle within the Wanita Umno is unfolding between Rafidah Aziz and Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Is Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s decision to go for the top post in Wanita Umno indicating the fall of the Empire of Rafidah Aziz? This is the question that is awaiting answers whenever the political battle is on.

Ironically, the contest for the top post in Wanita Umno will allow the best leader to prevail. It also indicated that Shahrizat not adhering to the transition plan which was agreed in the Wanita Umno exco.

When deputy chief Shahrizat had garnered 73 nominations, she made the announcement to run for the movement's leadership which put up a challenge to Wanita Umno chief Rafidah who had garnered 117 nominations.

Obviously, politics is a game of numbers play by politicians. With the nominations garnered, Rafidah might seem to be remaining as Wanita chief. But politics is an art of impossible and nothing should be made impossible in politics.

Superficially, many Wanita Umno division leaders may seem to be supporting Wanita Umno chief Rafidah. But in reality, more than 80 percent of them are claimed to be supporting Shahrizat.

Is it a war of money or battle against money politics? The delegates who represent the grassroots will decide the leader that they want for the period of 2009 to 2011.

Rafidah was the Minister of International Trade and Industry before she was dropped from the Cabinet after the last General Election, despite retaining her Parliamentary seat in Kuala Kangsar.

Shahrizat, who lost her Lembah Pantai seat to PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar, was made Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Women Affairs.

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