It was reported that a reshuffle in UMNO Supreme Council will be expected tomorrow (April 24), affecting those who are known supporters of the previous Prime Minister Tun Abdullah, and are presently holding influential positions in party. For a better word, UMNO termed this as a reshuffle, but in reality, it is a purge. One fully understand why this has to be done following a change of leadership, and particularly in politics, it is deemed extremely necessary.
I am told that even in the Armed Forces today, purges are also being done following a change of leadership, but in a highly subtle manner. Some commanders are also known to have brought along a selected entourage of subordinate staffs, wherever the commander is posted. Why have they to do this, to my mind is something out of the ordinary.
Rumours are abound that those UMNO leaders who are presently holding the post of state liaison chief, and are align to Tun Abdullah Badawi will be told to vacate the post. My guess is that Muhd Muhammad Taib of Selangor, Sahidan Kassim of Perlis, Mohamed Hassan of Negeri Sembilan and Mahadzir Khalid of Kedah will be the affected ones. Their chances of being selected as candidates for the next general elections, will also be in jeopardy.
I also believe that Chairman MARA and former Trengganu Menteri Besar Idris Jusoh and Malacca Menteri Besar Ali Rustam will also be told to vacate their post, though not immediately. Certainly, both will not be chosen as candidates for the next general elections. Also, Minister in the PM Department and a highly controversial and out spoken politician Nazri Aziz, and Johore Menteri Besar Ghani Othman will most unlikely be made a candidate in the next general elections.
Both PM Najib and DPM Muhyidin have time and again said that for the party to be 'reformed', serious and drastic changes has to be made, if the party is to survive the next election. And obviously, this will mean that changes to its leadership will be one that requires serious attention.
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