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Support for PM hazy, talks of new deal

Posted on: September 25, 2008

Support for PM hazy, talks of new deal
Muda Mohd Noor and Wong Choon Mei | Sep 25, 08 10:50am
Despite near unanimous support from two states, including his hometown of Penang, embattled Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is not out of the woods yet in his bid to stay on as Umno president.

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If a survey on Umno divisions in Johor conducted by Malaysiakini is any indication, then the 68-year-old leader may have only just begun on a rocky journey that could still spell his ouster, despite recent all-out efforts to retain the loyalty of his deputy, Najib Abdul Razak.

crash style dark type pak lah and najib 250908Rumours are also abuzz that his detractors are preparing for another showdown, working round-the-clock to convene another emergency supreme council meeting for later this week.

Negotiations are already underway between top party leaders – including Muhammad Muhammad Taib, Mohd Ali Rustam, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Hishammuddin Hussein and Muhyiddin Yassin – to prepare the ground for the final battle.

According to a party insider, some of the terms on the table include Abdullah agreeing to step down next year – a year earlier than his stated timeline of 2010.

Other possibilities being negotiated include deferring the party’s annual general assembly by another six months to June 2009, where Abdullah would then hand power over to Najib.

Meanwhile, Abdullah is set to visit state divisions across the country in a bid to convince members to not allow the top two party posts to be contested, a sacrifice he claims is necessary to unite the already bitterly-divided party.

Johor and Selangor rebel

But divisions in Johor, the stronghold of Umno southern lion Muhyiddin Yassin, reiterated to Malaysiakini they would allow the outcome for the top two posts to be determined by delegates at the party division meetings due next month.

“If there is to be change in the top leadership, then the party must make the changes without being tied to any timeline,” said Ayub Rahmad, Youth chief for Sekijang.

Both Abdullah and Najib agreed in July on a power transfer pact whereby the former would hand over the premiership and Umno presidency to the latter in June 2010.

The plan – pounded by critics as ‘undemocratic’ when it was unveiled – has since been endorsed by the party’s supreme council. Nevertheless, it has come under renewed and even more vigorous attack at next month’s division meetings.

umno polling dates and quota for 2008 party polls 240908Beginning Oct 9, delegates from 191 division across the nation will file their nominations for the party’s top posts.

Presidential candidates must win a minimum 58 nominations in order to qualify for election due to be held during the party assembly in December.

Abdullah, who does not want to be challenged for the No 1 post, moved quickly last week to appease his deputy, conceding his coveted finance portfolio to Najib, along with an assurance that he would also consider an early retirement.

However, dissenters led by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad want Abdullah to quit now and are pushing Najib to break away from his boss. They want him to go for the top post with Muhyiddin in tow as the deputy presidential candidate.

“We are trying to avoid a political checkmate between the delegates and Abdullah and Najib. It would be a political suicide and terrible for Umno if the delegates reject their pact and show their independence,” a party insider told Malaysiakini.

In Johor, committee member for Segamat division, Mohd Azami Othman, said Abdullah should not even think about contesting with Najib as his number two.

“Because of that, it is better we leave it to the majority of delegates to decide on who they want to lead the party,” Mohd Azami said.

“I would like to advise Abdullah not to be taken in by reports from sycophantic quarters. In the end, their support may not materialise.”

Growing calls for Najib-Muhyiddin team

Ahmad Kemim, committe member of Johor Baru division, also told Malaysiakini a large number of grassroots wanted a Najib-Muhyiddin pairing.

He urged Abdullah to consider their feelings and not insist that they follow blindly the 2010 transition plan.

Meanwhile, Penang and Kelantan division chiefs were among the first to rally behind Abdullah after news leaked he had been humiliated during last week’s supreme council meeting.

During that meeting, leaders aligned to the Mahathir camp, including party senior vice-president Muhyiddin, Wanita chief Rafidah, Youth chief Hishammuddin, were said to have demanded his resignation.

In Selangor, 20 out of 22 divisions are also reported to be dead-set against Abdullah’s transition plan, while in Perak, Terengganu and Federal Territory, the signals are mixed.

In Perak, up to 10 divisions are said to be keen on an early change in leadership, while another 14 divisions are still waffling, according to latest news reports.

Sources from Abdullah’s inner circle have however claimed they are confident of getting at least 70 nominations. The prime minister met the Selangor Umno liasion committee in Tanjong Karang yesterday.

But sources said the party president failed to get the iron-clad commitment he sought from Selangor.

All eyes on Najib

Meanwhile, Najib has maintained a diplomatic silence, despite assuming with gusto his new appointment as finance minister.

The 55-year-old son of the country’s second premier, Abdul Razak, had earlier this month backtracked from his promise to stick by Abdullah’s timeline and all eyes are now on him to make clear his latest stand.

najib finance ministry pc 220908 02Just a day ago, Najib cancelled an important trip to New York on the grounds that he needed to focus on his duties in the Finance Ministry.

But while he is scheduled to hold a press conference later today, rumours are rife that he is actually staying back to attend an emergency supreme council meeting that Abdullah’s detractors are trying to convene later this week.

“Pak Lah is under renewed pressure to make a gracious exit before Oct 13 at the very latest.

“Both Najib and Muhyiddin are now confident of getting enough nominations for president and deputy president, leaving Pak Lah out in the cold,” the party insider said.

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On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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