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As expected, former Mentri Besar of Negri Sembilan Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Samad was elected the Bagan Pinang assemblyman yesterday.
His victory was more or less a foregone conclusion as he was extremely popular in the constituency and also the state. In fact there were some banners that stated that the Umno boys in the area would boycott the by-election if Mohamed Isa had not been picked as the candidate. Such was his popularity that the leaders of Umno had little choice but accede to the demands of the grassroots despite his colourful past.
Though much has been said about his "crime" that caused his downfall, not much has been reported in the run-up to the by-election about the circumstances leading to his removal as Mentri Besar. It is an open secret that Mohamed Isa was a victim of machinations involving a certain impatient young man who had wanted to use Negri Sembilan as his power-base from which he could launch his career in politics and aim for the high posts of power.
That impatient young man, with the green light of his father-in-law, backed Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan to take over as Mentri Besar. As fate would have it, things have changed drastically - the impatient young man has been forced to become more patient as he operates without any position of power, the patriarch of his extended family has been swept out of office and the ex-Mentri Besar is now back in favour.
Therefore, we can expect fireworks in Negri Sembilan soon. Supporters of the ex-MB are likely to call for his reinstatement as MB and the present MB is expected to dismiss the move...
Everyone knows this will take place as reporters have already asked Mohd Isa Samad if he was eyeing an important role in the state government.
He reportedly said: “I have never thought about it.”
Perhaps he hasn't, but his supporters surely must have.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The end is so near, yet so far.
The EGM is over, but it looks like we will have to wait till Thursday to watch the final chapter of the great Chinese saga.
Today was a really eventful day as one dramatic moment followed another. First the Press were not allowed to attend the EGM, then they were told of a recount which meant the difference was only 1 per cent.
Finally in the afternoon it was formally announced that the party president had lost the vote of no confidence by 14 votes while at the same time the deputy president was not reinstated. That was the kind of result that the so-called "third force" in the party had wanted.
Later, the secretary-general announced that the Central Committee will meet on Thursday to discuss the outcome of the EGM.
Suddenly there is talk there would be some legal tangle as the party's constitution says a president can only be kicked out by two-thirds of the delegates and not by a simple majority.
But the president had told the whole world that he would leave if he lost by a simple majority. We will have to wait till Thursday to find out if the president will keep his word.
There is also talk that the president, who now no longer enjoys the confidence of the majority of the delegates, may pull the presidential council down with him as he had already announced that the decision to sack the deputy was a collective decision.