UMNO’s Elections in 2013: Are Top Positions for sale?




What’s one difference between the UMNO party elections and the PKR party elections?

At the former, they offer you money and other benefits. At the latter, they ask you for donations.


‘Top positions in Umno for sale’


Ahead of polls, rain of cash awaits 146,000 UMNO members

Harakahdaily, 30 May 2013

May 30: The upcoming UMNO party election will be the most expensive in its history, according to a reliable party source.

“This time, it will be bitter. More than half of the delegates want heads to roll after the poor performance at the May 5 general election. But more are expecting to make a fortune this time around,” the source told Harakahdaily.

Bernama reported that a total of 146,500 members will vote to choose top party leadership following a change in party’s constitution in October 2009, including the removal of the nomination’s quota system that prevented many aspiring candidates in the past from challenging top guns.

But the UMNO source said these ‘lucky’ members could expect ‘windfall’.

“Basically they are expecting to be offered much more than the RM500 incentives under BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia) before casting their votes. Aspiring candidates who wish to climb the ladder may have to dig deep into their pockets,” it added.


ABN News | Eng

Grassroots members now have more say in Umno party elections

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — For the first time in its history, Umno, the biggest party for the Malays, will be seeing polls for its top leadership of a different kind this year.

This is due to amendments to the party constitution in 2009 which has empowered more of its members to have their say unlike before when it was only the delegates to the party’s general assembly who had that power.

As a result of the amendments, the following changes were made:

* 146,500 grassroots members will elect the top leadership as compared to 2,500 members previously. The grassroots members will also directly elect the divisional leadership.

* End to the quota system which has opened the doors to more members to contest top posts with the minimum condition being that they must have been a supreme council member or committee member (AJK) at the division level for one term.

* The requirement to contest an AJK post is that the candidate must have been an Umno member for three years.


Free Malaysia Today

Dr M turns his back on Muhyiddin?

RK Anand | May 29, 2013

The former premier states that BN will continue to support Najib Tun Razak because there is no alternative.

Prior to the 2013 general election, there were rumours that Umno warlords were moving in for the kill but Mahathir had told them to stand down until after the election.

Speculation was rife that Mahathir was backing Umno No 2 Muhyiddin Yassin.

And when BN performed even worse in this polls compared to its previous debacle, observers expected the ‘Double M’ juggernaut to steamroll Najib.

However, speaking in Tokyo over the weekend, Mahathir said that BN had no choice but to continue backing the incumbent.

“I think the party will support him [Najib] because of a lack of an alternative,” he said, suggesting to those who read between the lines that he no longer saw Muhyiddin as a viable option.

Mahathir had also said that the results of the election showed that Malaysia had become more divided than unified.

“We are still striving to bring the races together,” he said, calling unity an “uphill task.”

“Because of this racial polarisation, Najib couldn’t get Chinese votes,” he added.


Yahoo! News Malaysia

Saifuddin: Suicidal for Umno to bring down Najib or leave moderate path

By Ida Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — Umno will be committing suicide if it attempts to bring down its president Datuk Seri Najib Razak or leaves the moderate path, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, the Umno politician seen as among the most progressive in the party, has said.

The outspoken Umno politician said the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party should stop complaining about the ruling coalition’s failure to recapture a two-thirds parliamentary majority, explaining that this scenario would not happen in a democratic country.

“If because of this (you) want to ask the prime minister to step down, that is a wrong KPI (key performance indicator)!” Saifuddin (picture) said, referring to Najib, who is also the prime minister and BN chairman.

“Furthermore, Umno obtained a better result than in the March 8 elections, Umno members should acknowledge, Najib’s performance was far better than former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi,” the former Umno deputy minister was quoted as saying in an exclusive interview published by the Sin Chew Daily today, referring to the March 8, 2008 general election.


Malaysian Insider

Najib has another fight — to stay on as Umno chief

May 07, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak might be heading for another fight — convincing warlords in his own Umno party to keep him on as chief — even as the dust settles from his victorious battle against a galvanised opposition, The Straits Times reported today

The Singapore daily said some analysts expect the Umno president to face a challenge from his deputy in the party elections, held every three years, scheduled before the end of this year.


Najib’s performance in Sunday’s election will be the main yardstick used by Umno leaders to decide whether to let the 59-year-old continue as president, or to allow Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, 66, to mount a challenge.


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