Friday, October 03, 2008
Zahid Hamidi can only try for Umno vice-presidency for now if he is so inclined, but nothing else!
I always thought of Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as a friend and I have always considered him as a de facto party stalwart, you know he is there but needs more to prove his mettle!
A likable young man who can make friends easily. He was cast away by former PM Tun Mahathir for his role in supporting Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim. He was considered as Anwar's staunch supporter. Then he was rehabilitated and allows into the fold.
He was slighted by various cabinet reshuffle, made it only to deputy ministers. Today he has made it big as Minister in Prime Minister's Department in charge of Islam. He has his own political secretary, press secretary and special officers. In other words he has his own niche.
Alas, he made me very sad when he announced or made an overture that he would be vying for the post of the deputy-president of Umno at the upcoming (when ever that is) party' elections.
His reason for going for the party's number two slot is that many at the grass roots level want him to go for the post.
His reason for going after the posts instead of allowing a real party stalwart Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to be Najib's number two is that Muhyiddin was to harsh when asking the prime minister to step down. He also said in a Malay culture we ask nicely.
Well, certain issues are beyond good manners. Let us get some facts straight here. Muhyiddin asked Pak Lah to step down because the country is literally going down the gutter way under him. Simply put after the last general elections almost half of the states in the country goes opposition.
Talk about Malay culture, Zahid should know because he was also rude to Tun Mahathir when asking him to step down in favour of Anwar. Well, as they say I do not want to split hair here but by announcing his intention, due to warped sense of reasoning, this former political secretary to Najib Tun Razak is showing the adage that in politic there is no such thing as permanent friends and loyal comrade, I am paraphrasing of course. Well in this case I think he is grossly wrong.
By going for number two, Zahid is now seen as not showing any respect to Najib who has expressed his intention, in not so many ways, that he wants Muhyiddin as his running mate!
Zahid, my friend, it is still not too late to withdraw your intention and recant!
Salam my friend!
Posted by Pasquale at 4:55 PM