Nov 3, 2008

Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, The Seventh President of UMNO

Najib will turn into the seventh president of Umno after Datuk Onn Jaafar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The success may lead him to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia, according to transition plan that agreed by PM.

To win the post unopposed, a nominee required 134 nominations. Datuk Seri Najib Razak voted as the Umno presidency uncontested yesterday after he clinched 140th nomination. This automatically denied Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to challenge Najib Razak in the UMNO presidential contest.

Most of the UMNO members and Malaysian have very high expectations on Najib’s leadership but there are a lot of scandals haunting him, from Altantuya murder case to the political conspiracies against Anwar Ibrahim. Will he able to stop the conspiracies against him to be a good leader in future? The former Pahang Chief Minister also released statement on Malaysia as an Islamic state. In keeping in line with UMNO's strategy of politicizing racial and religious issues, Najib declared on August 2007 that Malaysia has never been secular because being secular by Western definition means separation of the Islamic principles of in the way we govern the country.

Najib had a close aide, Abdul Razak Baginda, who was involved in a high-profile murder case of a Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaaribuu. In a statutory declaration in his sedition trial in June 2008, Raja Petra accused Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (his wife) of being one of three individuals who was present at the crime scene when Altantuya Shaariibuu was murdered on Oct 19, 2006, adding Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor, and Acting Colonel Aziz Buyong and his wife, Norhayati, Rosmah's aide-de-camp, were present at the scene of the murder; Raja further wrote Aziz Buyong was the individual who placed C4 plastic explosive on Altantuya's body and blew it up.

Najib also claimed to be involved in conspiracies against Anwar. Najib denied any personal involvement in the alleged political conspiracy against former deputy premier Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, including a police report alleging Anwar committed sodomy against his former aide. He said the picture of his aide Khairil Anas Yusof with the alleged sodomy victim Saiful Bukhari Azlan at his office had been taken three months ago when the latter, in his capacity as a student leader, came to his office to seek a scholarship.

Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak will be announced as the next UMNO President when the UMNO General Assembly meets in March 2009. Only time will tell us the answers on how he going to lead the party and government. Well, I take this opportunity to congratulate him for the win.

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