Now that the Umno leadership has chosen former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Isa Samad as the Bagan Pinang by-election candidate, the question of candidacy is closed. No more speculations.
Shouting, criticising and lamenting will not help the party in the by-election.
Isa's tainted record in the party will be fodder for the opposition. That's for sure. But whether this will be the cause for Barisan Nasional's reduced majority in the forthcoming by-election remains to be seen, if at all, it will be reduced.
Other factors are in play -- the non-Malay votes, for instance. And in particular the Indian vote.
What can be seen is that Umno grassroots leaders had been rooting for Isa because he is a popular figure in the constituency. They feel that he is the man to lead the BN to victory. Other Umno leaders believe otherwise. Picking Isa as a candidate sends the wrong signal -- that Umno condones corruption. This is not in tandem with Umno's process of reforming itself.
His candidacy does not do much for Umno in the bigger scheme of things, naysayers and sceptics echo.
From the word go, speculations were rife that either Isa or his son, Najib would be picked.
The question that followed was : Is there nobody else?
Looks like this is a clear case of failure on the part of Teluk Kemang Umno in grooming younger and credible leaders.
Surely there are other potential candidates. No? Well, no.
Anyway, what's done is done. Isa is the candidate. Surely the party leadership must have thought hard about it, weighing the pros and cons.
Besides, the local Umno leaders have vouched for him.
So, BN and in particular Umno leaders have got to give him their fullest backing.
I'm not sure if Isa,who is Teluk Kemang Umno division chief, needs their backing to win, seeing that he is supposed to be popular in the constituency.
What he needs is some kind of acknowledgement from his own colleagues that he has paid his dues. That his candidacy is valid and that he has the right to be there.
But that's another story. Perhaps for another day.
Right now, the challenge for the BN in Bagan Pinang is to increase the majority. As have been said by so many people, any less, would be a moral defeat.
Read Isa's promise.....
*The Bagan Pinang by-election is scheduled to be held on Oct 10.