Najib not vying top post as yetPosted: June 3, 2008
Muhyiddin Yassin has been quite vocal of late, about his “displeasure”, if I may, over the incompetency of Pak Lah’s leadership. He has been saying that he’s not impressed with Pak Lah, although they are “friends”. And he’s been asking Pak Lah to hurry up and hand over the power to Najib.
Now, whatever that Muhyiddin is asking for would have to be something that Najib has to agree to, because he’s basically asking Najib to vie for the top post in UMNO come the elections. But Najib doesn’t seem to be buying that, according to the Malaysian Insider:
KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is a man in a hurry. He wants to work with Datuk Seri Najib Razak and pressure Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down before the party elections in December. He then wants Najib and himself to contest the top two positions in Umno as a tag team.
In return, Muhyiddin has promised to swing the support of Johor Umno behind the deputy prime minister. The Malaysian Insider has learnt from sources that this plan was communicated by Muhyiddin to Najib during recent meetings.
It is understood that the DPM rebuffed the offer, saying that he is not interested in challenging Abdullah or forcing him to speed up the transfer of power. He is content to bide his time and focus on strengthening the party and tackle issues that are confronting Malaysia such as rising cost of living and subsidies.
He has also told party members that he believes that the PM should be allowed to hand over power at a time and manner which he feels is appropriate and fair. As such, he is not inclined to work with anyone who wants to force Abdullah to step down.
Still, it is early days yet and the dynamics could change after the branch and division elections. Abdullah’s supporters in Umno know that Najib is with him but concede that there could be pressure on the deputy prime minister if divisions aligned to Muhyiddin nominate Najib instead of Abdullah for the party president’s position.
Some of these supporters are pressing Abdullah to take preemptive action against Muhyiddin and drop him from the Cabinet based on comments he made at a Federal Territory Umno meeting. They argue that it is the prerogative of the PM to choose his ministers and his Cabinet should only contain those loyal to him.
Full article here.
I’m curious to know the reason why Muhyiddin is so keen on wanting to back Najib up. Why doesn’t Muhyiddin want to try and wrest the top post from Pak Lah himself? Why does he want Najib to take the top post, and himself the second?
Because according to this article, it would be understood that Muhyiddin has the support, and can actually swing the loyalty. So if Muhyiddin is seriously that influential in Johor UMNO, then why don’t they openly support MUHYIDDIN’s bid to become the next UMNO President?
I just have to ask, why Najib?
And besides, Najib has said he’s willing to wait it out, for whatever reasons he might have. Probably someone has some intelligence of something Najib doesn’t want the public to know about.
Like I’ve said in my previous post, if Muhyiddin is seriously unhappy with Pak Lah’s leadership, then he should be the one going for that spot. Unless he doesn’t think he’s up for it.
And anyone who thinks that Pak Lah is going to sack Muhyiddin from the cabinet line-up must have moss growing all over their brains. Because he just ain’t gonna. If he does, then the moss must be up in Pak Lah’s head instead. Not conducive, and self-destructive.