Friday, April 04, 2008

Stage Is Set For Open Contest

Mukhriz Mahathir has kickstarted the race for Umno Youth's number one post when he offered to be a candidate after Hishammuddin Hussein announced that he was not seeking re-election this year.

After Mukhriz, it was former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo who confirmed that he was interested to go for it as well.

Incumbent deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who has been keeping a pretty low profile since the elections, has not made any commitment yet on whether he will be offering himself.

Much as he'd like to, it is doubtful that he will offer himself but he may "send" a proxy to contest. We can make some guesses.

There's another eight months before the party elections in December. But the nominations for candidates to contest posts will be in October when the divisions hold their meetings.

With Mukhriz and Dr Khir already offering themselves, we can be sure that the field is now wide open.

More will come forward and offer their candidacy.

Even the number two post may be challenged.

But, what I'd really like to know is -- who has Hishammuddin's support in the race.


Anonymous said...

I somehow sense tha the bloggers are keen on Mukhriz! Well i hope he doesnt follow the father's tradition! Remmeber UMNO and the country is in this state becos of HIS FATHER's 22 years of reign

Anonymous said...

Isnt H Toyo too old to contest for Umno Youth.
With white hair - what his age?
Come on get real!

Anonymous said...

anon 8:53am

I don't think UMNO in this state because of mahathir. otherwise he would not last 22 years. or kicked out sooner.
It was Mahathir who brought confidence, then pass on the baton to Pak Lah who then claimed responsible for the big victory of 2004. He retired 1 after his sudden announcement ( though i was expecting him to do that during that year assembly - things were looking good after the 97-98 turmoil ).
Current crisis has got nothing to do with mahathir. Pak Lah is the one responsible for not having a grip on the country administration. Despite numerous critcism to Mahathir, he had taken all of us to where we are right now and we are proud to be malaysian.

On mukhriz, its good that we have someone with guts. He'll definitely kick KJ's ass.

Anonymous said...

People are keen on Mukhriz b'coz of his surname.
Hope he inherit some of his father's wisdom.

Go for it Mukhriz MAHATHIR...