He is not one of them. At the age of 58, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister consider himself too old and “too late” to climb up the Umno hierarchy unlike the others. Therefore, willing to settle for lower post and will only defend his seat, which he has held since 1999. He told The Star.

“I feel that it is too late for me to go for the top posts at my age. I can still offer myself for the lower posts,” the 58-year-old Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister told reporters yesterday after hosting a Hari Raya open house at the Dewan Kampung Melayu Majidee here.

He said he believed positions were immaterial as one could still serve the community from a lower post.

However Sharir just like his Umno colleagues still yet to wake up from the slumber – even after 12th General Election last March 8.

When asked whether race-based parties should be abolished, he said it would be dangerous to react merely based on results of one election.

Is Sharir really that old considering some of the candidates were much older than him for examaple someone RPK said bearing ‘2M in his name’.

Meanwhile Malaysiakini warns us toe brace ourselves for another week of high drama as leaders in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition – in particular Umno – get on their mark for a power grab that may for the first time hinge more on competition rather than patronage.

Some of the longhouse folks I talked to during the brief Raya holidays said they are willing to vote for PKR if that mean less dams and their lands will be given back to them. The change of mood among these rural voters should isn’t unexpected.

Recent event such as the ‘notice of eviction‘ issued to nearly 10,000 Kedayan in Miri caused great concerned among them. Now they begin to realise there is no guarantee that the land on which they are building their longhouses will belong to them in future.