Friday, October 3, 2008
More to fight for Umno deputy president post
Barely 24 hours after Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced his decision to vie for the deputy president post, the word is that there could be more aspirants for the race. There is every indication to expect a crowded race for the post, at least for now. These aspirants would need 38 nominations from the 191 divisions and certainly not all would get it. Those said to be interested include Dr Rais Yatim, Ali Rustam, Zulhasnan Rafique, Hishamuddin Hussein Onn, Muyhiddin Yassin, Tajol Rosli and even Muhammad Taib. The post is expected to be left vacant with Najib Tun Razak going up the party ladder. By convention, the Umno deputy president is usually the DPM, thus the high political stakes. Expect plenty of fireworks if the race is going to be a tight one. One or two would probably pull out of the race with the "ballon testing" shows they have little chances of winning or even securing the nominations. Expect fireworks and mudslinging if the race is a tight one.