The spotlight is on Umno deputy president aspirant Mohd Ali Rustam as the rumour mongers worked over time tonight on his position in the Umno elections. The talk for the last 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya is that the Malacca Chief Minister would face action from the party disciplinary board. If the speculations are correct, Ali could end up being disqualified from the race. The names of several other top contenders have also been mentioned.
But tonight at the Blue Wave Hotel in Shah Alam, where Selangor Umno is playing host to the contenders, Ali put on a brave front but evaded questions from reporters on talk that he had been hauled up. He kept telling reporters to ask the disciplinary board that is expected to call for a press conference at the PWTC tomorrow.
The reporters had asked him point blank on these speculations but he provided no answers. His supporters have dismissed these speculations, claiming they were part of a psy-war before the polls next week. They pointed out that Ali Rustam was still campaigning as evident by his presence tonight at the hotel. His detractors have however said the polls would now be between Muhyiddin Yassin and Muhammad Taib.
Dr Khir Toyo, who is contesting the Umno Youth chief post, is also said to have been asked to explain to the disciplinary board headed by Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen. He told the press tonight that he would leave it to the board to make a statement.