Wed, 19 Jun 2013 03:00:00 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider

Najib breathes easier after Dr. M's pow wow

Dr Mahathir met Najib and assured him that he believes that there should not be any contest for the top two positions in Umno in the party's year-end polls.


It has been a roller-coaster ride for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic left) since he led the Barisan Nasional to victory at the May 5 general election but without achieving his own benchmark: restoring its two-thirds control of Parliament.

There have been sessions to put out fires with disgruntled MPs; promises made to Umno politicians seeking appointments to boards of Government-linked companies and monitoring comments from influential voices such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic right) amid reports that Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah could be emerging as a threat of sorts.

In short, it has been a challenging time for the man at Sri Perdana.

But Monday was a good day for the PM.

Dr Mahathir met Najib and assured him that he believes that there should not be any contest for the top two positions in Umno in the party's year-end polls.

This assurance came just three days after the former prime minister told a group of fund managers at a closed-door session in Kuala Lumpur last Friday that there should be a contest for the top positions in Umno.

There has never been a contest for the posts since the original Umno was declared illegal in 1988 and Dr Mahathir then formed Umno Baru.

Informed sources told The Malaysian Insider that Dr Mahathir believes that his comments to the fund managers were misunderstood.

But those present at the session at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur said that Dr Mahathir was clearly critical of the leadership and definitely felt that a contest would burnish Umno's democratic credentials as well as bolster Najib's standing in the party and public eye.

It is unclear what prompted Dr Mahathir to alter his position at this stage on electoral contests for the party's president and deputy president position.

Officially, he said that a contest could split Umno, adding that in Malaysia, there was a penchant for a loser not to accept the result of an election.

Despite Dr Mahathir's endorsement of no contest for the top two positions, whether Najib and Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yasin will win unchallenged will depend on the feedback at Umno divisional meetings and Putrajaya's success in handling two restive groups: Umno MPs who were not given Cabinet positions and Umno divisional chiefs not fielded as candidates in the general election.

Some 145,000 out of Umno's 3.5 million members will vote directly for all posts in the party elections this year, under new rules enforced to ensure corruption will not skew the results.

The party's Supreme Council had already agreed last month that there will be no contests for the top two posts but several senior leaders have said contests for all posts would make Umno more democratic.

20Comments
Jun 19, 2013 6:08AM
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The words are already written in the stars...'My son will become the next PM', just like when he said 'My son will become the next Kedah MB'. Najib don't muck around on this, just get rid of your deputy like I did, many times if I may add, I'll pass you the handbook 'How to sack the sack Mod.101'. (the mamak chuckles away).

 

Do you think the deputy is sitting easy & will go away quietly? Its all about nego & the deputy can smell it... hehe

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how can he breathe easier with 51% of the nation breathing down on him?
Jun 19, 2013 6:51AM
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Dr M's era has gone into history.  He was doing well under his own authoritarian democracy, when other sources of information were stopped.  I don't find his opinion as excellent under the environment of free press.  Many people have better knowledge and wisdom than him now.
Jun 19, 2013 6:44PM
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Nik Rahman, My Country My Pride, Seri Emas

As I have proposed over and over to you extremists but with no answer given

> IF you dislikes non muslim that much, why don't you and all of your breed to move out and rule in an empty island. Build your own country where you can implement your ketuanan Melayu without repurcussion over your lower status Malays. After all, you are the one having issue with the non muslims so the best choice is for you to take the first step

For your info, election are won but the country needs the Chinese's talent in ec0n0my to run the country. Example companies from Malaysia being 'merged' into GLCs but the management team still are the Chinese as they need their expertise

Face the fact, you need the Chinese here. Or you can follow Indonesia's footstep -chase all Chinese away to realise their ec0n0my will collapse. Then they begged them to return

You want to rule but you don't realise that you do not have the talent to do so. So much for your utilisation of the god-given mind huh

Jun 19, 2013 6:26PM
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Which part of Mahathir tells us that he is retired the last time when he shed tears and vowing to step down in the assembly broadcast throughout Malaysia?

 

I am surprise no one use the word 'sandiwara' or 'crocodile tears' in regards to their master Mahathir

After all, he is the best candidate for the two words above. Hands down

 

That is why we say the public these days are not that misinformed anymore. We can see for ourselves

Jun 19, 2013 10:40PM
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well, no point arguing till the cow comes down as the saying goes.

we just have to wait for a recession to be around, we will able to see who will suffer first.

 

we cant be always be living in our dream, the national debt is raising a 100 billion a year, so what is left for our nrxt generation? only to pay the debt of our present leaders. dont we ever realised it.

the 70million population.................. alas the malays have more children then any other race per se in a family unit. just imagine for yourself, when recession comes, there will be no chinese, indian or malay, its about evryone will be affected.

 

nik, you have the right to what you say, but use your brain to think, you enjoy now and will see the generation after you suffers?????

 

it's just sad to think of the senerio.................. and sorry for your guys thinking so positively. 

Jun 19, 2013 12:38PM
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 i think we don't have to consider too much which parties rule the country, corruption happens in every countries,please be realistic guys,i'm not saying that corruption should be practice wisely but what can we do to stop corruption issue since it has a long history for years which we can't even trace back which year started corruption. There's no one i see that can solve this issue. Hong Kong is a very good example,they(ICAC) have been fighting agains corruption for years, why are they existing still . What we  really should look into is the deverlopment of our country.My opinion is  as long as the authorities do develop the country well and be fair to all race that's enuff.  My Key is : Do what you should do as everyone in their position has it own task to do and not only know sitting there thinking of your own pocket.Use the result  which you have done to make us happry n  shut our mouth.That's it!!!! And you can have a long run biz!!!!
Jun 19, 2013 6:26PM
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      Like it or not, the pow wow had to take place because Najib's kitchen cabinet flopped and the old man still has much clout. They put the party first unlike others who put their own cliques top priority.
      If the PM is at ease, then the deals have been amicably settled, good for the party.
      King makers do what they can, just like detractors can try to do their best to grumble. 
     
Jun 26, 2013 10:22PM
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I wonder where Dicey Sterling went?
A few of his post went missing. Can't debate and resort to deleting post i guess
Jun 20, 2013 4:51AM
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Mahathir Berat sebelah. Kenapa Muhyddin tak boleh naik jadi pengerusi UMNO? Sedangkan Najib sudah kalah teruk dalam pilihan raya ke13.
Jun 22, 2013 11:53PM
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Muhyddin dah tak Ada chance jadi pengerusi umno. Terpaksa tunduk kepada arahan Mahathir. Kesian... 
Jun 19, 2013 12:13AM
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NOW THAT THE PLAYING FIELD IS MORE LEVEL (EQUAL?) AS SHOWN BY THE RESULTS OF LAST MONTH'S GENERAL ELECTION (GE13). THERE IS NO NEED ANYMORE FOR PARLIAMENT TO BE CONTROLLED BY  A  2/3 MAJORITY. A MALAYSIAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERT, PROFESSOR DR. SHAD SALEEM FARUQI, HAS SAID THIS (SUNDAY STAR 5 MAY 2013). MALAYSIA CAN GOVERN AS IN SOME OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE AUSTRALIA, ENGLAND, ETC, WHERE THERE CAN BE A SIMPLE MAJORITY, OR EVEN LESS, AND YOU CAN FORM A GOVERNMENT WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF SMALL PARTIES AND EVEN INDEPENDENTS. YOU CAN HAVE A MINORITY GOVERNMENT, SO NO PROBLEM.

 

THE RESULTS COULD BE A SIGN THAT MALAYSIANS HAVE BECOME MORE POLITICALLY AWARE (MATURE?), OR ARE ON THE WAY THERE, WITH A PROJECTED 2 MILLION MORE NEW, MOSTLY YOUNGER, VOTERS (IT IS SAID) JOINING THE FRAY AT THE NEXT GE14. IT COULD BE A GOLD MINE FOR BOTH BARISAN & PAKATAN, DEPENDING ON HOW THE MINING IS DONE. IT WILL BE EXCITING TIMES AGAIN, WITH MAYBE FEWER LIES BEING THROWN IN. DON'T SOME PEOPLE JUST SUFFER LISTENING TO ALL THIS, WITH NO CHANCE TO DISCRIMINATE RIGHT FROM WRONG?

 

THE OFT-REPEATED SAYING THAT "POLITICS IS THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE" IS EXPLAINED BELOW (as posted on Google by Kevin Beach): 
                                               "Re the art of the possible
It means that the SKILFUL politician will be satisfied with achieving the things that are possible, taking into account all the political rivalries, conflicts and tensions that exist in any governmental system. He will not waste time on pursuing the impossible.

It leaves a negative impression, because it means that idealism and principles are being sacrificed to expediency. Amo ergo Sum. My words speak for themselves. Between the lines you will find nothing but blank spaces."

 
 
Jun 19, 2013 1:46AM
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Hey Hino 3,

As if you think Lim Guan Eng & Dato Nik Aziz are not corrupted????? Go to hell if you think they are innocent. One of the reasons why Nik Aziz was not appointed as MB anymore is because his corrupted deed with C people in Kelantan especially in the issue of Lojing land.

At least Tun M has proven to develop our country to what we are now. You said he is racist....emmm ...most of the non C people are even discriminated with full of racism in PENANG!!!!!! So dont BULL!!!

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