Umno shows sign of getting serious about money politics? Probably yes – after seeing some of its heavyweights faltered at yesterday Umno general assembly.
Controversial leaders like Azalina, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hassan, Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman, Perlis Menteri Besar Mohd Isa Sabu and Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob have been ousted or failed in their bid for the coveted supreme council seat.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Minister Shahrir Abdul Samad, who spent decades in political wilderness during Mahathir reigned was given second chance under Abdullah’s premiership. Like Azalina, he, also was shown the exit door at yesterday Umno election.
Three deputy ministers were also likely reaching the end of the road. Deputy Human Resources Minister and Puteri Umno chief Noraini Ahmad, Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Johari Baharum and Hasan Malek were defeated.
Only seven ministers, five deputy ministers and one chief minister made it to the final 25.
Those retaining their seats were Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, two former menteris besar – Mahadzir Khalid (Kedah) and Idris Jusoh (Terengganu).
The seven ministers who were successful are Mustapa Mohamed (agriculture and agro-based industries), Noh Omar (entrepreneur development and cooperative), Ismail Sabri (youth and sports), Mohamad Zin Mohamed (works minister), Shaziman Abu Mansor (energy, water and telecommunications), Zulhasnan Rafique (federal territories) and Ahmad Shabery Cheek (information).
Meanwhile, the five deputy minister who managed to emerge victorious are Saifuddin Abdullah (entrepreneur development and cooperative), SP Lajim Ukin (transport ministry), Hamzah Zainuddin (housing and local government), Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (finance) and Idris Haron (higher education).
The sole woman candidate who retained her seat is Bank Rakyat executive chairperson Norraesah Mohd from Penang Umno. Six women were among the 50 vying for the seats.
SUPREME COUNCIL (25 seats)
1. Mustapa Mohamed – Jeli, Kelantan
2. Noh Omar – Tanjong Karang, Selangor
3. Musa Aman – Libaran, Sabah
4. Azian Osman – Ipoh Timor, Perak
5. Zainal Abidin Osman – Nibong Tebal, Penang
6. Mohd Zin Mohamed – Sepang, Selangor
7. Ismail Sabri Yaakob – Bera, Pahang
8. Lajim Ukin – Beaufort, Sabah
9. Shaziman Abu Mansor – Tampin, Negri Sembilan
10. Mohd Puad Zarkashi – Batu Pahat, Johor
11. Tajuddin Abdul Rahman – Pasir Salak, Perak
12. Idris Haron – Tangga Batu, Malacca
13. Abd Latiff Ahmad – Mersing, Johor
14. Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis – Rompin, Pahang
15. Saifuddin Abdullah – Temerloh, Pahang
16. Norraesah Mohamad – Balik Pulau, Penang
17. Mahdzir Khalid – Padang Terap, Kedah
18. Ahmad Husni Mohd Hanadzlah – Tambun, Perak
19. Hamzah Zainudin – Larut, Perak
20. Bung Moktar Radin – Kinabatangan, Sabah
21. Awang Adek Hussin – Bachok, Kelantan
22. Zulhasnan Rafique – Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur
23. Ahmad Shabery Cheek – Kemaman, Terengganu
24. Idris Jusoh – Besut, Terengganu
25. Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim – Baling, Kedah