Wednesday, 12 November 2008

But Kamilia wants to go for Wanita No 2 post...

So where does this leave the incumbent deputy chief, Datuk Shahrizat Jalil (picture right)? What options does she have now that she is being challenged by the Kuala Kangsar Wanita chief? Will Shahrizat defend her post or will she go for broke and try to unseat her boss, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz?

According to the Malay Mail Shahrizat may still go for the movement’s top post.

In an exclusive interview with the paper, Shahrizat was quoted as saying she would wait for Kamilia Ibrahim's next move and seek the views of the grassroots before making up her mind.

It is rather strange coming from her right after the Wanita exco yesterday met and called for the two top posts to be left uncontested and decided that the leadership transition between Rafidah and her deputy in June stays as planned, rejecting the latter’s proposal to bring forward the transition to March.

And now that Kamilia (picture left) has announced her decision to contest the deputy chief post, will Shahrizat heed the call of her supporters and be brave enough to go for it - the number one post? (read here)

What if Shahrizat insists in defending her post and is defeated by her challenger? If she loses, Shahrizat will be left with nothing - and come June next year Rafidah will step down and hand over the leadership to Kamilia, assuming that she wins, of course.

Interestingy enough, Kamilia’s division nominated Rafidah - who is also MP of Kuala Kangsar - and her for the two top posts in the movement. However, Shahrizat maintained her lead with 114 nominations and Kamilia, 55 nominations.

The Star has the story below

Wednesday November 12, 2008

Kamilia to go for Wanita Umno No. 2 post

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Umno executive committee member Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim will contest for the wing’s number two post in the March party elections.

She said she would go up against Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil if she had to. Kamilia said she did not recognise the Wanita Umno’s leadership transition plan between Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and her deputy Shahrizat, set for June.

She said there were no provisions in Umno’s constitution for leadership transitions.

Kamilia, who has not attended the last two exco meetings including the one on Monday, said her absence was a clear message that she did not agree with the plan.

The Kuala Kangsar Wanita Umno head added that it was not up to the exco to decide who should lead.

On Monday, the exco had called for no contests for the Wanita chief and deputy chief’s posts in the interest of unity and strengthening the wing.

The meeting also rejected Shahrizat’s proposal to speed up the transition to March when the party polls would be held.

Kamilia has qualified to contest after garnering 55 nominations from 191 Wanita divisions. The minimum needed to qualify is 39.

Asked whether Rafidah and Shahrizat knew of her stand, Kamilia said: “I feel both of them know.

“I do not see the need for negotiations as I have made up my mind.”

In Kota Kinabalu, a senior Sabah Wanita Umno leader called for the movement’s leadership transition to be conducted simultaneously with the March handing-over between the party president and his deputy.

Kalabakan chief Datuk Hamisah Samat Hamisah, who is also Tanjung Batu assemblyman, said that if Shahrizat took over as Wanita Umno chief in March, it could be endorsed by the general assembly.


Anonymous said...

"stuck in the momemnt you cant get out" - U2.

definitely the U2 track says it all of what Shahrizat is facing right now.

just what Tok Mommy said,Shahrizat have 2 options.either challenged Rafidah for the top post or defend his seat as the 2nd leader of wanita.according to the new transition plan,Shahrizat will gonna take over as the new leader of wanita UMNO in June 2009.

sooner or later Rafidah had to go.but Shahrizat is having a huge dose of headache right now on what the best for her to gain the seat of the top post or to just staying alive in wanita UMNO.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria

Shahrizat is indeed going for number one.
She finally realised its now or never. Or else she will be left out in the cold.
Kamilia is going for number two. And she will win.
That leaves Shahrizat postless.
By June Wanita Umno will make Kamilia acting President since its vacant.
Shahrizat if you read between the lines really want to contest.
At the same time, with 79 nominations she's scared she will lose.
Guess last night Shahrizat and kamilia made a pact. After all they are both TKC girls.
Don't know why such a flamboyant woman is so afraid to make a brave decision.
And why is June so special for our auntie.
She should have conceded gracefully at yesterday's meeting.
Undoubtedly she's very capable, but her time has passed.
Why hang on to a thin thread like Wanita UMNO head when you are not even MP or Minister.
Oh women, when they have power...
Just retire, be a tai-tai and jetset the world. Enjoy your millions.
Go Ijat. Go Cam

Lee said...

What is 3 months compared to more than 20 years.Rafidah should have the wisdom to step down or she will face humiliation!She is capable, but, her time is up.Retire lah gracefully.Think of the positives...
and enjoy your pensions 3 months earlier!

Anonymous said...

The members have sent a strong message to Shahrizat and I think she should go for it. This is the time and she should seize it - the opportunity to contest the number one post. She doesnt have any choice..

The grassroots want an immediate change. why wait until June to step down? It doesnt make much sense.

ChengHo said...

Slowly Shahrizat becoming flip flop leader some day say yes some day say no .
Rafidah won PRU 12 Shahrizat lost and rejected by rakyat PRU 12 .
BY meritocracy Rafidah is much better than Shahrizat . why Wanita Umno want Shahrizat to be their next leader? do not choose leader by populist vote put the right lady for the right job.

Rafidah and Kamilia is a good tag team.

Anonymous said...

dirimu dah tak berharga Nek Pidah
berundurlah ...budak2 muda tu dah meluat dgn mu..

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

Hi Idzan,

Shahrizat shouldnt ignore the wishes of the grassroots who want a change of leadership in the movement judging fom the number of nominations she has received.

She's considering it...that was wht Zainal Epi reported in the MM and Jocelyn of the Star, who quoted "highly-placed sources".

We'll just have to wait and see what step Shahrizat will take next.

I assume you're Idzan, my former collegue from my Bernama.

I've seen you in some other forums.

Thanks for dropping by Idzan and for yr comments.

Do come again. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Shahrizat and Alice in Wonderland

She is being pushed around by all the characters in Wanita UMNO similar to those seen in Alice in Wonderland.

Perhaps she should go back to "Kansas" and get back to her legal practise....

The same goes for Syed Hamid....and Nazri.

All these lawyers should realise that they are not made for Politics....

Politikus Bandar

Anonymous said...

Shahrizat's caught between the devil & the deep blue sea. Damn she does & damn she doesnt.

Kak Ijat you have to make a choicelah, othrwise, you look like a coward.

Hey, show that you have what it takes to be a leader. At the rate you"re going - nak tak nak, flip & flopping you sound like that guy Mr Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Ayoh, like this how mah?

pemerhati said...

Amat menarik. Sama-sama kita perhatikan the development in the movement as it unfolds before our eyes.

My bet is: Shahrizat will not challenge the iron lady.

The winners will be Rafidah...and Kamilia.

Anonymous said...

This is what Napsiah has to say abt Rafidah:

Saturday November 15, 2008
Rafidah’s plan highly unusual and unhealthy, says Napsiah

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Umno never had a history of an acting Wanita chief heading the movement for almost a full term, said its permanent chairman Tan Sri Napsiah Omar.

She described Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz’s transition plan to hand over the Wanita chief post to her deputy in June, three months after the March party election, and for the deputy to take over in an acting chief capacity as “highly unusual”.

“I don’t think this is a healthy development. Wouldn’t it be better for Rafidah to stand up, be magnanimous and make the great sacrifice? After all, she has groomed (Datuk Seri) Shahrizat (Abdul Jalil) to take over,” she said when contacted.

While Napsiah noted that Rafidah had desired a no-contest in Wanita UMNO because she wanted to hand over a united Wanita to her deputy, she also felt that this issue was now dividing the women and causing a split among Rafidah and Shahrizat’s supporters.

Under Rafidah’s proposed transition plan, the Wanita chief and deputy post were not to be contested.

It would result in Rafidah defending her seat while Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil will keep her deputy post until June when she takes over the movement’s top post.

Napsiah, a former deputy Wanita chief, pointed out that under the party’s constitution, there was no such thing as negotiation or agreement.

“In this case, the exco member (Datuk) Kamilia (Ibrahim) has purposely not attended the two exco meetings as she did not want to be part of the agreement – which means there is already dissension.

“She’ll act as she wishes, which means she’ll contest against Shahrizat for the deputy post,” she said.

Napsiah noted that the groundswell for Kamilia for the number two spot was growing.

“If Rafidah sticks to her Wanita chief post, where will that leave Shahrizat?” she asked,

In the recently concluded division meetings, both Rafidah and Shahrizat received more than enough nominations to contest the Wanita chief post.

Shahrizat is also eligible to contest for the deputy post, as is Kamilia.

Anonymous said...

To go against Mak Cik Pidah, Shahrizat will be seen as an ingrate and if she doesnt she is seen as a coward.

She sure is tersepit, in the most unenviable position.

But the choice is hers and a decision she must make and a stand she has to take.