Najib To His Dream Team-Change Or Be Changed March 22, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in Najib Tun Razak, UMNO.
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CHANGE OR BE CHANGED. This is the message from Prime Minister in-waiting Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to the 2,500-odd delegates who will deliver a team of leaders who can front the reforms in the party’s coming general assembly.
Besides, three by-elections await Najib immediately after he assumes office as the country’s sixth Prime Minister after the assembly on April 1. The tri-elections in Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai will be an acid test for Najib to gauge the people’s support for him after assuming office.
First, the assembly will see if Najib will get his dream team to pursue his reform agenda. With Datuk Ali Rustam’s disqualification to contest the deputy president’s post, Najib’s hurdle to carry out the much needed changes and reforms within the party looks a little bit easier now.
It is an open secret that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is Najib’s pick for his deputy. Ali is said to be aligned and preferred by out-going Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
And the reforms may well be realised without much trouble when the chances of Pak Lah’s son-in-law, KJ, for the youth chief post took a dip when he was implicated for money politics, albeit, not disqualified to contest. KJ was let off with a stern warning by the party’s disciplinary board but a considerable damage has been done to his reputation and chances.
This is another good news for Najib as KJ is a liability to the party. He was the cause and reason for Barisan’s dismal performance in the last general election. The book “Tuah @ Sial Khairy Jamaludin”written by Yahaya Ismail speaks for itself. It also paves a smooth path for Mukriz Mahathir to win the coveted youth chief post.
Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Huseein, Najib’s cousin, is expected to win one of the three vice-president posts up for grab in a contest at the general assembly.
In a recent interview, Najib has clearly stated the characters of people he is looking for in his team.
First, they must be committed to the struggles of Umno rather than their own self-interests or serving certain groups.
Secondly, they must be open and ready for reforms and changes and finally, they must be good leaders in the eyes of the rakyat.
With his dream team virtually to become a reality, let us rally behind Najib to bring the country to greater heights. We, the people, will vilify him and his team in the next general election if his dreams remain as only dreams.