Sunday, April 13, 2008

Muhyiddin: "Time for change."

UMNO vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin didn't say it in so many words. But it's quite clear that the leadership change within Umno should take place as soon as possible considering the party is now in a 'dangerous zone,' one that it may not recover from if drastic measures are not taken.

In fact, he says the leadership change can take place at any point in time, and need not be at the annual assembly scheduled for December. Muhyiddin's open and frank views can be read in today's Mingguan Malaysia.

In a one-page interview held just before Johore Umno met Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in JB last week, Muhyiddin said: "If we don't take urgent and drastic measures, we will be swept away. I'll even go as far as saying that we may never recover our political power if we fail to act now."

I was alerted of the interview on Saturday by a couple of friends. Mingguan Malaysia is known for political interviews, making it a better read for Malay readers on a leisurely Sunday. Muhyiddin's interview is titled 'Time for Change.'

In recent weeks, Muhyiddin's name has been bandied about as a likely candidate for the party top post. This follows a seemingly innocent mention of his name by former party president and Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, at a forum in PJ about two weeks ago.

I can only assume that Muhyiddin's name was highlighted after some statements he has been making which reflected a more independent view, away from the sound bytes made by other Umno leaders which echoed that of Pak Lah's feelings and opinions.

A sidebar of the interview was devoted to one question on Dr Mahathir's repeated criticisms of the present leadership. Muhyiddin's response was simple and straight-forward. He said Dr M's criticism can be painful and bitter at time, but he says so out of love for the party.

Whether you agree with him or not is another matter, but you cannot ignore his views. Maybe there's a blessing from all his criticisms, Muhyiddin said. Many Umno leaders are still hesitant to speak out, and the others who did appear to be still on a denial mode hangover.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alaahai … Cakap tak serupa bikin Mahyuddin .. tiba2! Dulu semasa Tg Razaleigh buat EGM di gua musang dan meminta semua bahagian UMNO buat EGM diperlekehkan .. tidak tenat katanya, akar umbi ok … hanya Gua Musang yg tahu apa dimaksudkan .. katanya lebih kurang. Sekarang …!!!?

Tidakkah ini menunujukkan Tg Razaleigh itu berpandangan lebih jauh dan pengamatan yg lebih tajam? Lebih proaktif dan berani dari yg lain-lainya (dan tidak bermuka2 ..)… demi untuk UMNo, Melayu dan Malaysia?

Ataupun Mahyudin meletakkan dirinya lebih penting dari UMNo (terpaksa bermuka2 sementara .. ) jadi hanya berani bersuara ke atas PM setelah mendengar desas desus kuat tentang ramai menyokongnya ke tempat teratas?

Walau macamana pun gandingan Tg Razaleigh sebagai PM dan Mahyudin sebagai naib PM akan membawa perubahan besar dalam UMNo dan BN … seterusnya Malaysia, untuk semua kaum .. bangsa Malaysia. 80:20 keatas Anwar Ibrahim and the gang.

Kalau Mahyudin sebagai PM … belum mampu melawan arus pengalaman dan aura Anwar Ibrahim. 40:60 rasanya.

Kalau Najib, lagi teruk … 30:70 .. mungkin kurang!

Apa yg dijuangkan oleh Anwar Ibrahim memang menarik untuk semua termasuk utk melayu. Tetapi kalau diteliti hasil EGM gua musang .. saya yakin ia jauh lebih menarik, padat dan padu .. tahniah Gua Musang!!

Tg Razaleigh selepas menyelamatkan UMNo dan menyelamatkan BN pada pilihanraya akan datang dgn majoriti besar pastinya, saya yakin akan melepaskan Presidenship and PMship kpd Mahyudin. Ku Li tak tamak.

Jangan disebabkab Tg Razaleigh bukan dikalangan ahli majlis tertinggi … maka usaha dan ketulusan beliau di ketepikan …. terasa tercabar mungkin!!? EGO kan!!? Bukankah EGO antara punca besar UMNO dan BN ditolak rakyat…!!?

Choose your poison … we the rakyat are waitng!!

Anonymous said...

Bravo Tan Sri!! We need more real man like you.

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drshamsulAnwar said...

We have to do more than just elect a new PM if we truly want to change this country.

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Letting the time pass me by said...

A strong leader can motivate the people... That is why we need a strong leader....

Anwar is good at gaining support. Just look at the Black 14...

If UMNO does not address the issue of leadership, then, UMNO can pack and go...

UMNO is a political party, and politic is about power, but I do not see that UMNO understand the current scenario...

If UMNO let PR getting bigger and stronger, then the end is near for BN coalition...

But most important ofr Malaysia is to have a good leader to be a PM, and at the moment, maybe there is one obvious choice, but unfortunately he is not a BN member