As of yesterday(26.10.2008) 101 UMNO Divisions have held their respective meetings and have nominated their respective candidates deem fit in the UMNO Supreme Council (MT). There are few aspiring candidates who have yet to qualify since they have not obtained the required number of nominations, making them eligible to contest. But nothing is lost yet, since there are yet another 90 Divisions who have until 9 November 2008 to convene and finalise their meetings, giving these aspiring candidates a chance to qualify.
The Deputy President post which is receiving intense competition, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has qualified but two other aspiring candidates, namely Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam who has received so far 23 nominations which is short of another 16 nominations to be eligible for the contest. Meanwhile, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib has only managed to secure 15 nominations.
It was further reported that MP for Pulai, Datuk Nurjazlan has withdrawn from the Deputy President's race.
Aspiring President, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak has secured 101 nominations and if he manages to obtain a further 33 nominations, he will automatically qualify for the post. His contender, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah or Ku Li has yet to receive any nominations yet.
We need to wait and see who is IN and who is OUT.
But the FEAR is that money-politics is so rampant that its going to dominate and remain a serious menace which would be difficult get rid off unless some serious action is undertaken by the relevant authorities and UMNO President.
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