Monday, September 9, 2013

In need of dyanamic leaders

  • Umno General Assembly 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno needs dynamic leaders so that the party is relevant in the eye of the public, in particular the younger generation, says a political analyst.

Assoc. Prof Datuk Zainal Abidin Borhan said the party should offer more credible faces to contest for three vice-president posts, so that people would know that Umno is a party that is ready to transform and be progressive and led by leaders with integrity.

“This is not about popularity anymore. Leaders who wish to contest for the vice-presidency should remember that the post is meant to be the ‘lidah penyambung’ (extension) for the president and his deputy.

“Lower-ranked Umno members shouldn’t be afraid to criticise and rebuke the top leadership if it is deemed necessary. This way, the people will see the party as one that is not afraid of being critical for the sake of the country,” he told The Mole.

Zainal Abidin was asked to comment on several Umno figures who had expressed interest, or speculated, of challenging the incumbents for the Umno vice-presidency.

Incumbents Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamuddin Tun Hussein have declared that they would defend their positions.

Among the "big names" speculated of joining the fray are former vice-president and former Mentri Besar of Negri Sembilan Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad, another former vice president and former Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Without denying that these names had what it take to challenge the incumbents, Zainal Abidin said it would be good if Umno could offer more faces for the vice-presidency because the contest does not only concern Umno delegates but the nation as well.

“Umno needs dynamism…Umno needs good strategy on how to deal with the new voters since it did not do so well in the 13th General Election. That is why the party needs to prove to the public that it is still a player.

“And this is also why Umno needs credible leadership,” he said, adding that failure would result in the party looking "less" since the Pakatan Rakyat is seen as more progressive.

According to Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan, 146,500 Umno delegates from 191 divisions nationwide will elect the party leadership at year end  as provided for in the party's constitutional amendments.

Universiti Utara Malaysia political lecturer Mohd Faisol Keling predicted that this year’s party election would be interesting since Umno members are assessing the party’s performance based on the May 5 general elections.

“Members will be evaluating these candidates for vice presidency based on their performance and issues that revolved around them.

“If they think the candidate fits the criteria to lead Umno for the next challenging five years, definitely they will choose the person,” he said.

In the recent general election, Umno remained as the leading party in Barisan Nasional after it secured 88 seats, one seat less compared with collective seats won by Pakatan Rakyat, the loose opposition pact comprising Parti Keadilan Rakyat, DAP and Pas.

The Mole


  • Anonymous says:
    September 9, 2013 at 10:01:00 PM GMT+8

    Ali Rastam terbatas kebolehan berkomunikasi. Tak dengar cakap hingga menyebabkan dia kalah. Tapi salahkn cina.

    Isa Samad terbatas ketinggian. Felda tak jaya ditangani. Masih ada problem

    Shapie APdal tak terbatas kepanjangan tangan dan keganasan punai.

    Hishamuddin terbatas keberanian. Sering lain dimaksudkan, lain yang keluar dan lain ditulis wartawan

    Musa aman terbatas jangkauan. Orang sabah terlalu inward looking. kejayaan di pru tak boleh dipandang sepi.

    Mukhriz ada peluang kalau berani masuk dan jaya rampas kedah. Darah baru, muda dan bersih. pandai dan berjiwa melayu

    Nampaknya zahid yang okay. Rekod silam saja penghalang.

  • Anonymous says:
    September 9, 2013 at 10:12:00 PM GMT+8

    VP Je? UMNO pengecut ke nak bicara pasal bertentang Presiden dan Timbalannya? 3 juta Ahli tak de ke lain dari Najib, Muhhiydin? Nampak benar nama je ahli UMNO tapi sikap tidak apa, biarle Presiden/timbalan sama je sampai ke tua, poodah. NO Balls. US president, Parti Labour semua berani tentang President. WHo ever wins he the best and after contest back to work. UMNO tak boleh ke? DAP, PKR dakh le paeri anak beranak tak boleh pakai, UMNO?


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