WHAT a weekend! Personally, I had a most satisfying time, having gathered clan members for a family get-together. Almost 200 family members - young and old - gathered in Sg Merab, Kajang for a hari raya do. They were all from my paternal side.
The maternal side of the clan meets every year. But today's gathering was the first ever. There were tears too, when cousins and second cousins who have not met for years hugged each other at the re-union. Hopefully, everyone can stay together and work on the silaturrahim so that it can be enhanced.
That, plus a few family errands kept me away from updating my blog - something which kept me agitated, considering there are so many activities which beg to be commented. At the clan gathering, talk was on Shah Rukh Khan, who's a Malacca Datuk now.
There were many SRK fans at the gathering, but even they could not make out why the Bollywood hearthrob was awarded the title. Is this a trend that the Malacca Government is starting? Will we see Ashwariya Rai getting a Datukship next year? Or what about Mel Gibson? Come to think about it, maybe Mr Ban also deserves a title!
In the Umno reality show, things are getting exciting. Some aspirants may be losing sleep, especially when they have been promised nominations but not getting it when the time comes. I caught up with former Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo, on Saturday, when Youth divisional meetings and some the anxiety on his face.
Mohd Khir is one of four aspirants for the post of Umno Youth chief. As at Saturday evening, Mohd Khir haven't had more than a couple of nominations, and he was on his cellphone often to get feedback from the ground.
As at this evening, Mohd Khir is still trailing Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, who has already qualified to contest the post. His closest rival, Khairy Jamaluddin, is still trying to get the numbers.
After the first round of nominations, neither Mukhriz nor Khairy can sit back and wait for next week's round. Even though Mukhriz has qualified, it would be foolish on his part if he is to relax, enjoy a quiet cup of tea and rest.
Khairy and Mohd Khir will redouble their efforts while waiting for Round 2 at the coming weekend. Nothing can be left to chances. One does so only at one's peril. Getting the required number of nominations is no guarantee of a safe passage!
What will the aspirants do while waiting for Round 2?
Many will gather their troops and sit around to strategise. Some deep analysis will be done. How come that division didn't deliver the nomination even after promising so? The 'incentives' (read money) didn't come down? Or not enough?
We'll monitor what happen in the next few days. Watch the body language. Who's present at so and so's open house, for instance. So and so was spotted having a cup of tea at a coffee house. Or so and so's special officer was having lunch with another so and so's aide. All these are tell-tale signs, and worth keeping an eye to.