THE 2009 Umno general assembly (GA) is meant to be a grand occasion for all.
After a problematic 2008 marked with defeats in three previously Umno-controlled states (Kedah, Perak and Selangor) and a significant loss of parliamentary and state seats, next week’s GA and party election was intended to be a time of renewal, rejuvenation and revival. Especially with the takeover of Perak still fresh in everyone’s mind.
Yet, the events of the past 48 hours have changed the mood from one of excitement to one of uncertainties. It’s also a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
For while the public and members urged the party to clean up its act and purge corruption from its ranks, Tuesday’s (17 March) events have left a sour taste in everyone’s mouths.
Foremost among the aggrieved are of course vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and his followers.
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This article first appeared on 18 March 2009 in www.theedgemalaysia.com under the same title. Used with permission.