Minister in Prime Minister's Office, Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is to officially announce his candidacy for the post of Deputy President of UMNO, that is also likely to be contested by Dato Muhyiddin Yasin. Although many may argue that Muhyiddin, who is a much more experienced politician, and having held state and federal positions, is definitely the preferred choice over Zahid. However, for people who have known Zahid, he was once the rising star in UMNO, and who as the UMNO Youth leader than, was notable for his speech at one of the general assembly, alleging the leadership of practicing cronycism etc. etc. That speech he made was a 'curse' to him, and many thought that his political career would have ended. But politicians are noted to have the audacity to rise and fall, and certainly Zahid is one of those who fell and rose.
In wanting to announced such a challenged, Zahid must have made his calculations and considered various winning strategies, knowing that Muhyiddin is himself an exceedingly strong contender. I know for sure that the entire Johore UMNO is supportive of Muhyiddin, and this stems from the fact that Johoreans are by nature parochial. I also believe, that the Perak UMNO will not fail Zahid, and if ever they want to see the first Perakean Deputy Prime Minister, it has to be Zahid.
Muhyiddin and Zahid are definitely top notch politicians in UMNO, and personally I have difficulty in making a choice myself. Both are seen to be people friendly, and they have an appeal for the masses. I also noticed that both have not been exceptionally critical of the opposition leaders during their campaigning, especially of Anwar Ibrahim. This augurs well for bi-partisan politics, and if this is to be their approach towards politics, I believe partisan politics which has dominated Malaysian politics, will be a thing of the past.
I will leave it to UMNO to decide, and surely the best of the two will come top.