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    UMNO ELECTIONS

    Najib 28, Muhyiddin 23, Mohd Ali 3, Muhd Taib 2
    Posted by St Low
    Monday, 13 October 2008 10:26

    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/13743/84/
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    Re: UMNO ELECTIONS

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/11198-najib-has-82-tengku-razaleigh-still-zero

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/i...umno-no-2-race

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/i...ice-presidency

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/i...-makes-the-cut

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/i...najib-backing-

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/i...over-muhyiddin

    Shahrir gets SMS threats

    “I am deeply saddened over such actions as it does not symbolise the Malay and Umno traditions that are filled with courtesy and manners,”
    he said.
    ......http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...557&sec=nation

    We can buy the first part about Malays, courtesy and manners. But judging from the loutish behaviour of UMNO over past years, it is hard to associate UMNO with courtesy and manners.

    The people who are nominated gives us a good idea of the thinking of the UMNO ground and their long-term agenda. They have no desire to reform, far from it.

    More straightforward to write them off.
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    Beritamalaysia's YW Loke's translation of Mukhriz hanya menang sorak

    A few years back, when Mahathir was still PM, a foreign publication referred to him as topdog. That triggered a frenzy of condemnation by his slavish lieutenants. Today Harakah describes his calls to UMNO as "barking". Where are his defenders?

    YW: My amateur translation of "Mukhriz hanya menang sorak"
    Mohd Rashidi Hassan Sun | Oct 26, 08 | 3:15:11 pm MYT
    http://harakahdaily.net/bm/index.php...7559&Itemid=85

    [Original article copied below the translation.]
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    Mukhriz only winning the cheers
    Original article by Mohd Rashidi Hassan Sun | Oct 26, 08

    When Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged UMNO members to eliminate supporters of
    Abdullah Ahmad Badawi from the party, his primary target was deputy UMNO
    Youth head, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.

    Mahathir is not currently an UMNO member, but whether he rejoins UMNO or
    stays outside UMNO, the situation will not change. Mahathir is not "barking"
    for his own benefit; it is clear he is working hard to help his son,
    Mukhriz.

    Even though Mukhriz is far ahead in nominations for UMNO Youth head,
    Mahathir is aware that the huge number of nominations may not necessarily
    translate into votes.

    In his interview with The Sun, Khairy admitted that before his father-in-law
    withdrew [from the upcoming contest for UMNO presidency], he was the
    favourite candidate, but after Abdullah announced his withdrawal, he became
    the underdog.

    Mahathir knows the UMNO culture. He admitted that while he received
    two-thirds of the nominations for UMNO President in 1987, he only defeated
    Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah narrowly by 43 votes.

    As such, Mahathir surely fears that his horrible nightmare will be repeated
    in his son's bid for Youth head.

    Mukhriz is not the best candidate to lead UMNO Youth. He does not have
    charisma and presence. Prior to this, he had not been active politically. It
    was his brother, Mokhzani, who was had been politically active as a previous
    UMNO Youth treasurer.

    Mukhriz garnered a large number of nominations from Youth divisions only as
    a result of hate politics - the hate of certain parties within UMNO for
    Abdullah and his son-in-law.

    Another candidate, Mohamad Khir Toyo, only has very slim chances. The
    contest for UMNO Youth head is a contest between the influence of Abdullah
    against that of Mahathir. It is a Khairy-Mukhriz fight.

    Khir Toyo's fantasy is a fleeting vision, but he dreams of conquering the
    deep ocean. The truth is, Khir can try, but he is not really on the list of
    contenders.

    Khir is only at the level of Selangor. And even there, he is not able to win
    arguments against Hasan Ali and Teresa Kok.

    Khairy and Mukhriz have the advantage of political pedigree. UMNO is not a
    common-man's party; it practises inheritance of aristocratic "bangsawan"
    endeavours.

    Najib Razak and Hishammuddin Hussein also heirs to aristocratic inheritances
    in UMNO.

    As such, those who like to play with brooms like Khir Toyo, are not much
    liked.

    Coming back to the UMNO Youth election, the choice is made via delegates.
    There are four Youth delegates from each division. The division head and
    deputy head qualify automatically while two more delegates are chosen.

    191 UMNO divisions multiplied by four means that there are 764 delegates not
    counting the Youth Exco.

    Admittedly Mukhriz is leading by a large margin. At this time, when the name
    of Mukhriz is put forward as the candidate, the delegates cheer and clap.
    But when Khairy's name is mentioned, it is only met with "boo".

    That is the response from the floor. But that response does not necessarily
    translate into votes.

    If Khairy only receives nominations from 40 divisions, it almost certain
    that all of them are solid votes for him. But it is certain that Mukhriz
    will not get many votes as the large number of nominations he received.

    A high percentage of Youth divisional heads and deputy heads are close
    friends of Khairy. There are some who said that they have been "looked
    after" by Khairy for a long time.

    Even though Mukhriz has won in terms of nominations from the divisions, will
    Khairy's friends vote cast their votes as easily for Mukhriz? Certainly not!

    That is a real worry for Mahathir. He knows his son is only winning the
    cheers, so he continues to "bark" to hasten the fall of Abdullah.

    At this time, the sincerity and loyalty of support from UMNO members is
    sorely questioned and suspect, be it for Khairy or for Mukhriz.

    The suspicion arose from the practice of support based on power and money,
    not merit and charisma. They are willing to cast their principles aside.
    Even if their "kampung tergadai" [pawning/betraying their kampung].

    Khairy should be aware that, even though he has merit and charisma, he does
    not have power. Whether he likes it or not, the remnants of Abdullah's clout
    in UMNO are still needed to sustain his campaign.

    If Abdullah term in politics does not last until March 2009, then Khairy
    should also be prepared to "pack up" prematurely.

    As such, those who reign should not forget, that however powerful one may be
    now, however slick one's politics are, to remember the saying,
    'sepandai-pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya jatuh ke tanah jua' [pride goes
    before a fall].
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    Re: UMNO ELECTIONS - Corruption is alive and well

    Umno – What A Fine Mess You're In
    Posted by St Low
    Sunday, 16 November 2008 10:15

    Now that the Umno divisional meetings are over. And we now know who's fighting who for what in 9 March. Things will get more intense. In other words will get worst.

    Surely many of us must have heard about all this and will surely be hearing more as March draw nearer.

    We hear of Umno folks asking big money to nominate candidates for national level party poll. Candidates paying big money to get voted even at divisional level. All kinds of tactics used to buy support. Threats and intimidation being used to stop nominations. Candidates prevented from meeting potential voters. Again threat, intimidation are used with "persuasive" techniques thrown in. Instructions are given on who to support and who not to. And many more. It's all happening now. And can only get worse as the national level party election in March gets nearer.

    Lies and wild accusations? And just who's making such "vicious remarks" against the party proclaimed as the backbone of the Barisan Nasional? Undesirable elements? Irresponsible bloggers? Heck no. It's Umno leaders themselves who are spilling the beans. And they are saying it in the open. On record.

    Browse the local papers and you will read about Khairy Jamaluddin talking of being victim of what he call "politics of demonisation". And who's behind the "demonisation"?" I think it's obvious they are coming from indie (Umno)", he told an old friend of mine Zainal Epi who now writes for The Malay Mail.

    Before this his opponent for the Pemuda chief post Mukriz Mahathir said he was facing difficulties to meet Umno grassroot to campaign. Apparently referring to what can be termed as "roadblocks". Umno folks prevented by Umno folks from meeting him, an Umno man.

    We have read also about Muhamad Mohamad Taib revealing "dirty tricks" had been used to deprive him of nominations for the post of deputy Umno president. He said he had been "victimised" by "certain quarters". By "certain quarters' he meant people in Umno.

    "There were some places where they (delegates at Umno divisional meetings delegates ) were threatened. After they had nominated a person and that was seconded, nomination was closed right away," Muhamad was reported to have said.

    But Ruhanie Ahmad, former strongman of Musa Hitam and still active in Umno have another story to tell. In his blog, Ron as he is popularly known , wrote about "talk" among Umno members of "kuasa ghaib" (unseen forces) instructing certain Umno divisions to nominate Muhamad and Ali Rustam for the deputy presidency "to prevent Muhyiddin Yassin from winning uncontested". (Incidently Ruhanie did not get a chance to bid for a supreme council seat ,falling five short of the required 10 nominations).

    Azalina Othman Said, who is eyeing a shot at the Wanita Umno deputy chief post also have interesting things to tell. " My journey is very difficult. I was informed by my campaigners that Wanita Umno divisions have received calls to block nominations for me", she was quoted by The Star recently.

    And she went on to say : "I am not hopeful ( of getting the 29 nominations required) because I accept the fact that this is the culture of Wanita Umno". Blocking nominations a culture of Wanita Umno? The norm? A few weeks after saying she was not hopeful, Azalina's 'fear' was realised. She failed to qualify for the deputy Wanita chief contest, securing only 21 nominations.

    Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen, chairman of the Umno disciplinary board admitted "money politics (read corruption) has gone out of hand." But said the board have indentified candidates who have abused their power and practised money politics.

    If all that are revealed in the open, imagine what more is happening in the party which can only be said behind closed doors and "off the record". What more with many "wars" between the warlords at all levels of Umno. The party, to say the least, is in a mess.

    But an aide of Muhamad Mohamad Taib told me that all this "hoo haa" is because of the March election and will "quieten down after that".

    Yes, but after all the expose, how do Umno face the people ,Malays and non Malays alike, come the next general election? And say "trust us to safeguard your interests "when the rakyat have been told by Umno itself that the party is capable of doing nasty things to it's own kind?

    Still an Umno loyalist tells me the "open talk" is proof of the party being honest and "telus' ( transparent). A party not afraid of admitting it got skeletons in it's closet. So said the Umno loyalist. But the problems are not new. We have heard of money politics and dirty tactics in Umno before. Acknowledging there's a problem is one thing. Solving it is another. There have been effort and attempt of course. But without success. Still Umno have carried all the "dirty baggage" before to face previous elections and somehow "successfully". Well, with the 08/03/08 polls being the exception.

    So does Umno really want to rid itself of all it's dirty linen? Does the party have the will to clean itself up? Can Umno boleh? (By MOHSIN ABDULLAH/ MySinchew)

    (He is an Editor in Chief for News and Current Affairs of Ntv7 and 8TV/ MySinchew)

    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/14918/84/
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    Razaleigh: Let UMNO members vote directly for the leaders

    The cancer is terminal. As we see the US financial industry spinning into a vorext, so will UMNO.

    1. Ku Li: Change Umno rules, let members vote for leaders

    2. Umno polls: Contractors rule


    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...8/12/1/nation/
    20081201161352&sec=nation

    Ku Li: Change Umno rules, let members vote for leaders

    Updated: Monday December 1, 2008 MYT 6:58:31 PM

    KOTA BARU: Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said Umno
    should amend its Constitution to enable all three million-odd members to
    vote directly for their leaders as a way to curb money politics.

    He said if the amendments could be made, it would be the strongest tool to
    curb money politics which he described as "rampant" now.

    "Political will is not enough to curb money politics and amendments should
    be made to ensure that justice would not only be done, but also seen to be
    done," he told reporters at his residence here on Monday.

    Razaleigh, who is also the Gua Musang Umno division chief, said that he had
    conducted an emergency meeting for his division last month to discuss the
    matter and that it was unanimously agreed that such an amendment was needed
    to cleanse Umno of money politics.

    The problem is that at least half of all divisions need to agree to it
    before such an amendment can be passed, he said.

    "It is my belief that if money politics is not curbed, Umno and Barisan
    Nasional will lose in the next general election.

    "This is my greatest worry -- more than political will is needed to make a
    change and lip service will not curb such ill practices," he added.

    He said it would be impossible for a candidate to pay off three million
    members just to secure positions in the party.

    Razaleigh stressed that concrete action must be taken to fight corruption
    within the party.
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    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/94068

    Umno polls: Contractors rule

    Joe Fernandez | Dec 1, 08 3:01pm

    Take a closer look at delegates to the Umno polls next March and be very
    afraid - the bulk of voting power will be concentrated in the hands of 1,560
    contractors.

    Former Sabah attorney-general (AG) Herman Luping made this observation
    in an op-ed piece entitled 'Money politics the new curse in our society', in
    yesterday's edition of the Kuching-based Borneo Post.

    Luping, citing a 'reliable source', wrote that contractors will make up 60
    percent of some 2,600 delegates at the next Umno general assembly.

    "About 25 percent of the delegates are professionals in various fields while
    five percent are businessmen and party veterans," he said, without
    accounting for the rest.

    Luping noted that the situation is a far cry from the early years and even
    as late as the 1970s and 1980s when (Malay school) teachers initially and
    small businessmen later made up the overwhelming majority of Umno delegates.

    "Those were the days when delegates would spend their spare time working for
    the party through their respective divisions on a 'voluntary' basis. No
    money was involved and nothing was demanded in return," Luping wrote, citing
    his source.

    "... Umno delegates these days are more discerning and 'demanding'. It can
    be very good for the nation. Except, of course, the use of money to buy
    votes and influence people. This 'political curse' we can do without."

    In his cautious piece, he touched on former Umno president Dr Mahathir
    Mohamad's threat to reveal the names of members those allegedly involved in
    money politics; his failure to combat money politics in his time; money
    politics a la the timber curse in Sabah; and where to draw the line between
    money politics and party work.

    He noted without comment party deputy president Najib Abdul Razak's recent
    pledge that Umno would take several more measures to check money politics,
    that the problem cannot realistically be resolved in the near future, and
    that efforts to eradicate it should be supported by strong political will
    and commitment.

    "Efforts in tackling money politics involved a process that needed a certain
    time frame because even ...Mahathir...had initiated efforts to eliminate
    money politics," Najib is quoted as saying.

    Problem in all parties

    Mention is made of the Anti-Corruption Agency's arrest of two politicians in
    Sabah, who had allegedly bribed members at the recent Umno party divisional
    elections. No charges have been filed against them so far.

    "We do not hear much about money politics amongst other BN component party
    members. It is not unlikely that politicians in the coalition partners do
    not indulge in money politics. The problem of money politics is in fact the
    problem of every political party in the country," said Luping.

    "Buying votes at party elections is a common practice. It had happened
    before and will continue to happen for a long time, as long as there are
    over-ambitious politicians in our midst.

    "The buying of votes at party elections, however, is a recent happening, a
    recent phenomenon. The problem was not there in the early stages of our
    political history. This is especially so in Sabah."

    However, Luping said he does not recall spending money to buy votes or
    influence people to vote for him when he was in United PasokMomogun Kadazan
    Organisation (Upko) or in United Sabah National Organisation, which Upko
    members joined en masse after dissolving their party.

    Leaders then took it for granted that people would vote for them for their
    commitment to the party and the state. Even party workers and those who
    helped campaign for candidates did so on a voluntary basis.

    It was not until the mid-70s that money politics crept in and more funds
    were needed for campaigning purposes.

    Even so, it was discovered in 1976 that several candidates in fact didn't
    even spend the money allocated to them by the party but had, instead,
    pocketed it.

    "Today, money politics have also set in (during) general elections. This too
    cannot be avoided as people who come out to help in the campaign must be
    compensated... Blatant direct buying of votes is wrong. But is it also wrong
    if candidates for positions in the party to pay their campaigners?"

    'Contain new curse'

    Luping made a distinction between "the curse of money politics" and the
    "timber curse" which, according to him, began when Fuad (Donald) Stephens
    was appointed the first chief minister of Sabah two weeks before the
    formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.

    Stephens came up with his infamous 4Ks - kayu, kaya, kerja, kampung -
    rationale for the exploitation of the timber resources in the state.

    The colonial government itself had awarded four timber concessions to
    Bumiputera politicians to help build them up financially for the political
    struggles to follow, but they made up a small number compared to the 43
    concessions leased to non-bumiputeras.

    Even so, Stephens' timber policies did not prevent the Sabah Alliance crisis
    of 1964, noted Luping.

    After he left the CM's post, Stephens penned a bitter article entitled
    'Timber curse in Sabah politics' in 1965 in the North Borneo News which he
    owned.

    The crisis in Sabah politics since then has been engineered by politicians
    struck by the "sure get rich quick" phenomenon of the 'timber curse'.

    "Money politics is the new curse in our society. It has become the new
    syndrome, the new 'culture' that our leaders have to deal with and contain,"
    added Luping.
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    With such an array of rotten seeds being broadcast in umno,there is no need to stay and taste to taste the fruits.

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    Umno men want party assembly called off pending graft probe

    Umno men want party assembly called off pending graft probe
    By Adib Zalkapli

    PETALING JAYA, Mar 3 – With less than a month before Datuk Seri Najib Razak is scheduled to take over as Umno president, two party members said today they will file for a court injunction to stop the Umno general assembly scheduled for the end of this month from being held.

    The two members, Datuk Kadar Shah Ninam Shah and Datuk Mazlan Harun, said they hoped the assembly would be postponed until all allegations of money politics are investigated.

    More…
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    UMNO ELECTIONS: Hisham raises keris again, calls Anwar a traitor

    cooperate with the enemy: The UMNOPutras are masters of double-speak. It is useful to ask ourselves: Who is the enemy Hisham is referring to? If the Chinese, then the implications are clear - UMNO considers the Chinese as their enemy. Bear this in mind during the next elections.

    Hishammuddin calls Anwar a Malay traitor
    By Shannon Teoh

    “Because they are power crazy, they are willing to do anything. Si Petualang is willing to sow the seeds of hate, cooperate with the enemy, deny the rights of his own race and insult his homeland in various forums across the world.

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has unsurprisingly attacked those who question the social contract and Bumiputera privileges as provocateurs of racial tension, singling out Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    Making a clear reference to the former Youth chief and now Opposition Leader in his opening speech at the wing’s general assembly today, he used the term “Si Petualang,” meaning traitor, for selling out Malay rights in the quest for power.

    He accused Anwar of being manipulative and doing things “differently in front, and differently behind,” a reference to the former deputy prime minister’s sodomy charge with drew cheers from the 793 delegates.
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    UMNO ELECTIONS: RPK - A lesson in UMNO Double-speak

    A simple lesson by RPK to illustrate UMNO psychological warfare against the masses.

    How old is Umno anyway?

    Posted by admin
    Thursday, 26 March 2009 04:13

    The Registrar of Societies was faced with a dilemma. They had received two overlapping applications to register new parties. One was called Umno Malaysia and the other one, the application that came in later, was called Umno Baru.

    NO HOLDS BARRED

    Raja Petra Kamarudin

    First, listen to this new Umno song that they somehow did not want to sing at the ongoing 59th Umno General Assembly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Xrsq4aKp0)

    Okay, now that you have relished that song (and if you didn’t understand the lyrics then I can’t help you ……. that is what happens when you fight for science and maths to be taught in English) let us discuss the 59th Umno Assembly.

    The 59th Umno Assembly is actually for last year, 2008, not for this year, 2009. This means, if the assembly were, again, held towards the end of this year, the 2009 assembly would be the 60th.

    Now, at this point, you may be asking: how come if the assembly were to be held, again, later this year, it should be the 60th? If the Umno assemblies are held once every year, this would mean the party is 60 years old. And that means Umno was formed 60 years ago today, in 1949,

    Wrong, wrong, wrong.


    Umno was formed in 1988. That means the assembly later this year should be the 21st and not the 60th. And the ongoing assembly should be the 20th, not the 59th. Then we have to minus the number of assemblies that they missed. I can’t remember how many assemblies they missed over the years (I think it was three). But whatever it is, the ongoing assembly is not the 20th and the one at the end of this year -- if they hold another one at the end of this year, that is -- would not be the 21st.

    Now can you see what happens when they shift from teaching maths from Bahasa Malaysia to English and then to Bahasa Malaysia again? Total chaos breaks out and they can no longer even calculate how many assemblies they have had.

    Read my lips. Umno was formed in 1988, not in 1946 like they claim. Okay, there was an earlier Umno registered in 1946, which was deregistered in 1988. But then they tried to register another Umno called Umno Malaysia. The people behind the attempt to register the new Umno were ex-Prime Ministers and Umno leaders such as Tunku Abdul Rahman, Hussein Onn and so on.

    When those who walk in the corridors of power found out that the veteran leaders of Umno were attempting to register a new Umno called Umno Malaysia, they too submitted an application to register a new Umno, which they called Umno Baru.

    The Registrar of Societies was faced with a dilemma. They had received two overlapping applications to register new parties. One was called Umno Malaysia and the other one, the application that came in later, was called Umno Baru. The Registrar could not register two parties with almost the same names, even though one was called Umno Malaysia and the other Umno Baru. There was no problem with them using the ‘Umno’ name as the original Umno registered in 1946 had already been deregistered and therefore the name was ‘free’. So the ‘Umno’ name could be used. But the Registrar could approve only one Umno, not both.

    The Registrar then did the correct thing in the spirit of first-pass-the-post or first-come-first-serve. Since the Umno Malaysia application was the first application and the Umno Baru application came later, the Registrar approved Umno Baru and rejected Umno Malaysia.

    Hold on! Should it not have been Umno Malaysia that should be approved and Umno Baru that should be rejected, instead of the other way around? Well, never mind, they must have made an honest mistake. What happened was that the later application (Umno Baru) was approved while the earlier one (Umno Malaysia) was rejected on grounds they can’t approve two parties using the same ‘Umno’ name.

    Then something very strange happened, other than the Registrar approving the later application and rejecting the earlier one. The ‘Baru’ in the ‘Umno Baru’ name mysteriously disappeared and, today, Umno Baru is known as just Umno.

    Hmm…..no wonder they are confused about how many assemblies they have had. They probably forgot that Umno was registered in 1988 and not 1946 because the Umno of 1988 has the same name as the Umno of 1946. I suppose this is another honest mistake and they never intended to mislead the public. And this honest mistake resulted in them holding the 59th Umno General Assembly this year instead of the 20th (or actually the 17th if you consider they missed three assemblies along the way).

    Many say Umno needs to change. Rafidah Aziz disagrees with this view and argues that it is not Umno that needs to change but the members who must change. Others, on the other hand, say that the leaders are the ones who need to change.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    Actually, contrary to what everyone is saying, Umno has changed. The only problem is no one seems to have noticed. Umno has not only changed but has closed down and the new Umno is not the old Umno, in spite of them calling the 17th, or 20th, general assembly the 59th. What we have today is a totally new Umno that is only 21 years old and not the original Umno that is 63 years old, as many are being led to believe.

    One thing that Malaysians do not understand is that anyone who opposes Umno is a traitor to Malaysia. Yes, that’s right. If you oppose Umno you are opposing Malaysia. And that makes you a traitor. “I am Malaysia and Malaysia is me,” is what Umno people believe. You oppose me then you oppose Malaysia. It’s as simple as that. This is Umno logic par excellence.

    And those who divide the Malays are traitors to the Malay race, is another Umno logic. Malays must be united, under Umno of course. Malays can be united. They can be united with the Chinese and Indians. Or they can be united with other Malays. But as long as they are united outside Umno then they are not considered united yet.

    Those who unite Malays with other Malays, or unite Malays with the Chinese and Indians, but they do so outside Umno and within the opposition, are considered traitors to the Malay race. Unity is only unity if all are united under the banner of Umno. That is the long and short of it all.

    How, you may ask, is this logical? Don’t ask me. I am not the one asking for maths and science to be taught in Bahasa Melayu and then in English and then in Bahasa Kebangsaan and then in English and then in Bahasa Baku and then in English and then in Bahasa Malaysia and then……….God, how many Malay languages do we have anyway? No wonder Umno is bloody confused.

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    1) Assembly is last year’s meeting, so ‘2008’ is right


    ALL the banners on the 59th Umno general assembly that will start from today say “Umno General Assembly 2008”.

    This had caused confusion among many people, and some had even thought that Umno headquarters had made a mistake with the year stated on the banners.

    In fact, it was not a mistake as the current meeting is actually the general assembly that was supposed to have been held last year.

    Under the Societies Act, all political parties are required to hold their annual general meeting.

    However, for Umno, the general assembly scheduled for the end of December last year had to be postponed to today to accommodate the leadership transition plan between Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.

    Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said people should not read too much into the matter.

    “This is just a formality. This meeting is for last year. We will have another general assembly for this year at the end of the year,” he added. (The Star, 25 March 2009)
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    2) Leaders should change and be willing to accept criticism

    Leaders should be willing to change and accept criticism if they want to succeed in leading their respective organisations, Sarawak United People's Party organising secretary Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said.

    He said that although the principles might lead to some polemics among members, they were the necessary in moulding credible leaders.

    "The call for change is voiced out at the right time and I am confident that this will bring greater benefit to the party as a whole," he said when commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's speech at the joint opening of the Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Puteri Umno general assemblies at the Putra World Trade Centre here Wednesday night (25 March).

    Chin said Umno, as the backbone of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), was making a paradigm shift to consolidate its position.

    Meanwhile Liberal Democratic Party Youth chief Chin Shu Ying described Najib address as "a very good speech" in which the incoming Umno president outlined the changes in store for the party. (Bernama, 25 March 2009)
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    3) UMNO Youth vows to take on traitors

    The Umno Youth Wednesday vowed to fight and defeat dirty politicking and defend the country's sovereignty from being undermined by what the movement chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein described as traitors.

    Hishammuddin said the movement would defend the rule of law, the rights and privileges of the Malays and bumiputera, the sanctity of Islam and the institution of the Malay rulers.

    "We will not allow these pillars to be uprooted in this beloved homeland of ours," he said in his keynote address at the Umno Youth General Assembly here Wednesday.

    Hishammuddin did not name any individual whom he labelled as traitor but said that such a person was willing to do anything, including sowing seeds of discontent, colluding with the enemies and denying the rights of his own race for the sake of gaining power.

    "The person is willing to degrade his own country at various forums worldwide and prepared to ridicule the rulers' institution and everyone else merely to satisfy his desire," he said. (Bernama, 25 March 2009)
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    4) Rafidah: It's members, not UMNO, that need to change

    The re-branding of Umno does not involve just the changing of its label or outlook but must also be accompanied with efforts to scrutinise and improve its contents, namely the party members and leaders themselves, said Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

    The Wanita Umno chief said: "Actually, it's not Umno that needs to change. There's nothing wrong with the party that has become the umbrella for the Malays and championed their cause for more than 62 years.

    "It is the Umno members themselves who need to change and undergo the process of transformation," she said when delivering the policy speech at the Wanita Umno general assembly, here Wednesday (25 March).

    Rafidah said too many people were now stressing on the need for the party to change in order to be relevant and accepted by the people, especially the younger generation.

    She also reminded Umno members not to repeat the 1987 incident where intense contest for the party president's post had led to money politics coming into play and the party being split into cliques. (Bernama, 25 March 2009)

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    Re: UMNO ELECTION RESULTS

    Two ministers, four MBs crash in supreme council polls
    By Shannon Teoh

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 – The voting for Umno’s 25 Supreme Council seats saw a number of government leaders failing to gain the support of the delegates.

    Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman, who is under investigation for graft, joined Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Samad and Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Noraini Ahmad as members of outgoing president Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi’s Cabinet to fail.

    Also ousted were all four Mentris Besar who contested; Johor’s Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, Perlis’ Datuk Isa Sabu, Pahang’s Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Negri Sembilan’s Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

    Their consolation is the fact that Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers in Umno are invited to join in Supreme Council meetings anyway.

    The result means that incoming president Datuk Seri Najib Razak gets a top team which has his backing, led by deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice presidents Datuk Seris Ahmad Zahidi, Hishammuddin Hussein and Shafie Apdal.

    But delegates picked freely for the Supreme Council, retaining several members of Abdullah’s Cabinet such as Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed who topped the polls with 2,259 votes and Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

    But there were also new faces such as Batu Pahat MP Datuk Puad Zarkashi and a return for former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis, who is widely tipped to be part of Najib’s Cabinet.

    The winners were:

    Datuk Mustapa Mohamed (2,259 votes),

    Datuk Noh Omar (2,084),

    Datuk Seri Musa Aman (2,084),

    Datuk Azian Osman (2,060),

    Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman (2,054),

    Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed ( 1,854),

    Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (1,83,

    Datuk Lajim Ukin (1,804),

    Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor (1,705),

    Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (1,700),

    Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (1,685),

    Datuk Idris Haron (1,65,

    Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad (1,624),

    Datuk Seri Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis (1,622),

    Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (1,619),

    Datuk Dr Norraesah Mohamad (1,611),

    Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid (1,580),

    Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohd Hanadzlah (1,529),

    Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin (1,51,

    Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (1,517),

    Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin (1,481),

    Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique (1,431),

    Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek (1,377)

    Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (1,275),

    Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (1,265),
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