Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Come Nov 10, Najib is Umno President... what will Pak Lah be?
Umno divisional meetings will conclude on November 9, about 10 days from now. Looking at it, there will be 'tough fight' for all top positions in March 2009 general assembly, except for the presidency. By virtue and by logic, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will emerge winner for the no.1 post as nobody has offered anybody else the chance to contest. Being unopposed, Najib will become Umno President on November 10, 2008 and automatically 'a seat as the new Prime Minister'. I seldom write politics but this Umno presidency issue attracts much of my attention. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he will hand over the presidency and premiership to Najib after the March general assembly. As to whether Pak Lah will attend the assembly as an Umno president, a Prime Minister or as an Umno member, only God knows. Some say that by Umno constitution, Najib will automatically become Umno president and Prime Minister on November 10. Then, what will Pak Lah be? Najib is the only candidate not to be opposed and will definitely win it. Even if there are other last minute candidates, they wont be able to meet the qualifying mark. Has Pak Lah make a mistake when announcing that he will retire in March or did he anticipate Najib will meet his compatible opponent running for the same post, and that the no.1 position will see a contest? In any elections, a candidate winning unopposed when dateline of nomination is closed, will be declared a winner and thus has every rights to the title contested. The only technicality remains is its legitimacy has yet to be instituted by the authorised entity, i.e the Elections Commission, the Dewan Rakyat, Dewan Negara or a party's general assembly. In Najib's case, his win will be legitimate based on the party constitution that whoever wins any seat unopposed will be declared the right officio for that position. Many say it will be very confusing. By Nov 10 Pak Lah will no longer holds the party presidency. What will he be before March 2009?