Friday, September 19, 2008
Pressure for PM to leave earlier?
No one wants to talk about it openly but hints have been dropped following last night's Umno supreme council - several Umno members spoke up of wanting to see the transition period to move faster. The politically correct key words are "up to grassroots to decide" which means the divisions would be making their choices for the president and deputy president posts. Some divisions could end up nominating Najib Razak for president. When Umno leaders use words like "the transition period must be reviewed" or "transition plan must move faster" - they simply mean they want Pak Lah to step down faster. Leading the charge has been Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is said to have spoken up at last night's supreme council meeting, as did Rafidah Aziz, it seems. The crucial period would begin on Oct 9 when the divisions meet for a month - and openly make their nominations. The outcome would impact how the transition period would work out. The well-informed Malaysian Insider has gone a step further by suggesting that Pak Lah may not seek re-election.