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Jun 7, 2008

Subsidy cut turns up Umno heat on Abdullah

malaysianinsider - [...] The battle lines for the top prize in Umno were drawn during the ruling party’s two-day retreat. Most supreme council members including Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak supported Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s plan to contest the elections in December and hand over power not long after that. But Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Rais Yatim felt otherwise. They wanted Abdullah to step down before December, setting the stage for them to quit the Cabinet and emerge as challengers for the president’s and deputy president’s posts.

While Abdullah may take some comfort from the support he received from his deputy and the majority of supreme council members, this will not spell the end of moves to push him out early or set a succession timetable with a definite hand over date.

The Malaysian Insider has learnt that Najib pointed out that there should not be any pressure or time frame set on Abdullah. He added that party president should be given space to think matters through thoroughly before discussing the succession plan with him.

Still, the general view among council members was that the handover of power should take place not too long after the party elections. This scuttles Abdullah’s hopes of staying on until 2010. Besides the succession plan, a raft of other issues was discussed by supreme council members. This included the need for Umno politicians to win over Chinese and Indian voters and the recent 40 per cent hike in petrol prices.... selanjutnya.


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