International Trade and Industry Minister and aspiring Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has once again claimed that the UMNO General Assembly should be held on 16 December 2008 instead of in March 2009 to avoid further problems with a prolong campaigning period for the UMNO elections. Tan Sri Muhyiddin made this call during his Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house celebration at his home at Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. Among the guest present were former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin had stated that this process will not affect the transition of power by PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in March 2009 but it is speculated by various parties that it seems that Tan Sri Muhyiddin's statement seems to indicate his eagerness to express the departure of UMNO President and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah after the UMNO General Assembly, so that the new leaders could occupy these positions immediately in the government.
In the meanwhile, PM Datuk Seri Abdullah had been quoted as saying that Tun Dr Mahathir seem to be acting as a Director of UMNO election machinery while deciding who will hold what positions in the party. PM Datuk Seri Abdullah stated that who is Tun Dr Mahathir to voice these statements since he is not a member of UMNO any longer ( Tun Dr Mahathir had resigned some months ago on his own accord).
It seems some of tussle is brewing in the UMNO.
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