Bee Hive – As curious as any politically concerned netizen, I circulated a poll question implying on who was eligible in succeeding our current Premier as the UMNO President. Most similar polls posted on blogs and websites listed a limited number of expected candidates such as the YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib, YAB Dato’ Seri Ali Rustam, YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin, YB Tengku Razali Hamzah and such.
My poll respondents instead were allocated a wider scope of selection which not only included the above mentioned individuals but also those who were in line of the political throne, inside and outside of UMNO itself.
Besides the Deputy President and Vice Presidents (DS Najib, DS Ali and TS Muhyiddin namely), other Members of the Supreme Council (Ahli Majlis Tertinggi) which consists of 50 elected and appointed leaders are also possible candidates.
However, the party members are also given the freedom to propose anyone outside of this circle of power. Most of my respondents selected this option. From this poll, a few findings could be identified.
- The number of replies from respondents involved a number of opposition voters of the recent general elections indirectly proved that the party was not totally rejected by the public.
- Most of the respondents held that the successor of the UMNO President should be anyone that its members supported and not necessarily those from the Supreme Council. (*This differed from the usual answer which is DS Tan Sri Muhyiddin- the Vice President)
Regarding who exactly their favourite candidate is another point of query.
Farish Noor viewed that UMNO today is searching for a hero to save the party. In one aspect, UMNO seems to be short of heroes but this does not validate that the party does not have any saviours. Does a saviour necessarily has to be a hero to rescue a victim? It could be the other way round where the saviour rescues someone and then he is hailed as a hero for his triumph. There is nothing certain in this life and the laws of God is not like mathematics. Anything could happen especially when people are in desperate conditions.
In any party either from BN or BA, I believe that there are a lot of undiscovered statesmen which possess the potential of being the party’s protagonist in the future. However, we as the public need to emancipate from the demarcation of our perceptions to the standards fixed by our current popular leadership figures such as Tun Dr. Mahathir and Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.