Monday, October 13, 2008

The body language at Umno reality show

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.


rizal hashim said...

datuk, the number of nominations will not necessarily translate into votes come March. These coming months will be very only worry is that Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said making inroads into Wanita! Hahahahahahahahahaha...

Anonymous said...

This is the REAL battle in this Umno elections. Despite seeing contests in all positions from president to even timbalan pengerusi tetap, but to me the Youth chief is the main event.
Though the battle for president and deputy president yield better rewards for the candidates and supporters, the Youth chief post certainly attract my attention.
Wether you like it or not, both Najib and Muhyiddin looks formidable to put aside other aspirants to be the no 1 and 2. Najib's ground support is too heavy to shackle and Muhyiddin's charismatic leadership simply cannot be ignored. Back to the Youth chief contest, I must say that we have two of the best political talents in the country. Both charismatic, energetic, good orators, sharp and witty minds. Both aspirants are well educated and look natural to become future leaders of Umno and Malaysia. Unfortunately, KJ despite catching my eye when he appeared on TV hosting the DATELINE talkshow sometime ago (before he met Nori) succumbed to greed and seems ruckus while in power. Poor thing and this young man who has so much potential then but was badly groomed and spoilt to become what he is today. But the fact is, he is a talented politician. Lets be fair about it.
Mukhriz finally reminds me of the young Tun Mahathir. He certainly outshine both Mokzaini and Mirzan in politics and now I know this is pinggan where Tun Mahathir's kuah tumpah kat tu.
Mukhriz-KJ battle (I believe we can just ignore Toyo and Pak lah's former protege Zahidi) lies the future of Umno. This battle has all the ingredients ... battle of proxies (daddy and daddy in law), battle of character and personalities, battle of two sides of Umno and of course, battle of who should be the best person to lead Umno in future. This is the battle where one can see what lies ahead of Umno. This is the battle for us to see if Umno has changed and sensitive to the opinions of the rakyat particularly the Malays. The outcome of this contest will indicate if Umno will return to its glory past or continue to lose the support from the people. This battle will indicates if money politics will continue to be a trend in Umno and lastly, whether Umno future leaders has learnt from mistakes of their seniors and use their votes wisely to save the party. My verdict : If Mukhriz wins, there's future for Umno. If KJ wins, then you all know what lies ahead for Umno. May the best man wins.

Anonymous said...

Agree dgn rizal ni datuk Umno need a sub-section between for azalina ni. She refuses to be Wanita chief at Pengerang division and contest for seat in Wanita Umno. She prefer to be MAN and become division chief and contest supreme council seat with other real Umno men. I pity shim(ooops sorry) for this personality clash. But Umno men must credit Azalina for bringing a lot of young beautiful girls as Puteri to cover for those makciks who shou;d better stay home and look after their husbands, children and grandchildren, Cheers

Al said...

Hi All ...
Just to make a note abt Melaka government's move to confer SRK a Datukship. WTF!!! Bodoh beyond comprehension ni!! Like the slogan lah ... Satu Lagi Project BN!! What the hell ... yes ... now I truly agree ... might as well give out to Mr Bean, Donald Duck & Mickey Mouse of Disney ... for they have contributes a lot to our society over the years ... not too forget ultraman & spiderman. what kind of rice species did leaders of Melaka eat ... or should I ask what did they smoke before coming out with these type of ideas. The scary part is that YB Ali Rustam endorses SRK's Datukship ... and now he's vying the DP post in UMNO. Menang kalau ... dia jadi DPM tau!!! ... a position 2nd to PM! Are we ... Malaysian ... no no ... UMNO ... for real?? Wasalam ...