Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Show of support for Pak Lah
The debate over the 2010 transition plan has taken a new twist with state liaison chiefs and division leaders pledging their support for Pak Lah. Penang and Kelantan are the first two states to declare their endorsements. The open support for Pak Lah is regarded as a counter against the statements of several Umno leaders who questioned the transition plan, wanting the process to be speed up. In short, they wanted Pak Lah to step down but denied exerting the pressure on him. A few, whose names were reported in the press, then denied making these calls. But it's clear, from the latest retaliation that supporters of Pak Lah are not taking these calls quietly. They are fighting back to keep the plan on track. According to the Malaysian Insider, a marathon meeting was held at his house which lasted until 3am. The show of support is essential ahead of Oct 9 when the divisions begin the nominations. What remains to be seen now is whether the divisions would take the cue from the open support of these state chairmen or would they act independently and make their own choices.