SUNGAI PETANI: Umno delegates have delivered a reliable team to assist in-coming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with his reform agenda, according to an analyst.
Universiti Utara Malaysia College of Law, Government and International Studies Research and Post Graduate dean Prof Mohd Mustafa Ishak said the delegates had selected leaders who could work as a team to strengthen the party and the Barisan Nasional.
“It may not be a perfect team, but at least they can live and work together,” he said.
Mohd Mustafa said the failure of four Mentris Besar to secure supreme council seats should not be seen as a sign of rejection.
Perhaps the delegates placed the mentris besar as low priority as the supreme council seats are automatically secured for all the appointed state liaison committee chairmen who also hold the states’ top job.
The four mentris besar Datuk Mohamad Hassan (Negri Sembilan), Datuk Seri Adnan Yackob (Pahang), Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu (Perlis), and Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman (Johor) contested and lost in their bid for the supreme council seats.
Their losses also leaves the option for Najib to appoint new mentris besar if he wishes, said Mohd Mustafa.
He said the ball was now in Najibâ€™s court to pick and choose the right people in his Cabinet.
There must be a mix of experienced leaders and fresh faces.
Perhaps he could consider some of the experienced leaders who were knocked out in the fight for the three vice-president’s posts.
“It will be a shame if capable leaders such as Datuk Dr Rais Yatim are left out.”
Another political observer noted that the delegates had also lined up several outspoken leaders namely Datuk Tajudin Abdul Rahman, Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin and Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi in the supreme council.
“Perhaps the delegates felt that it was time Umno made its stand loud and clear to counter allegations made by the opposition,” said the observer.
Source : The Star