Following Tun’s own logic, Mukhriz should quit
There are 191 Umno divisions nationwide. Under these divisions are 21,245 currently active branches.
Umno divisions are present in every state except Sarawak:
- Johor (26)
- Sabah (25)
- Perak (24)
- Selangor (22)
- Kedah (15)
- Pahang (14)
- Penang (13)
- Kelantan (14)
- Federal Territories (13)
- Negeri Sembilan (8)
- Terengganu (8)
- Malacca (6)
- Perlis (3)
Kedah’s 15 Umno divisions are:
- Jerlun ← Mukhriz’s division
- Kubang Pasu
- Padang Terap
- Pokok Sena
- Alor Setar
- Kuala Kedah
- Sungai Petani
- Padang Serai
- Kulim Bandar Baru
Each Umno division, on average, might have 100 or more branches, e.g. Mukhriz’s Jerlun has 155, the Dr Mahathir-linked Kubang Pasu (126 branches), Langkawi (91), etc.
Umno Kedah has 1,963 branches. For a close comparison, Umno Selangor has 1,826 branches while Umno Kelantan has 2,119.
Umno Sabah is way ahead with the most branches at 5,328.
The party has a smaller presence in Penang (640 branches), Malacca (364) and Perlis (330).
Malay Mail Online (@themmailonline) January 21, 2016
Biasalah, kan ini Malay Mail yang melapor?
The Malay Mail story says in its introduction that “a faction in Kedah Umno wants Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir out”. That’s a typical MMO piece of bias downplaying the obvious.
It is not merely “a faction” (as the portal’s assistant news editor Boo Su-Lyn puts it) of Umno Kedah that have lost confidence in Mukhriz as Menteri Besar.
As a matter of fact, Umno in Kedah UNANANIMOUSLY want Mukhriz to go.
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Kedah has a total of 15 Umno divisions and all of them have urged the Menteri Besar’s withdrawal. It was a full force showing of 15 division chiefs (or their deputy/representative) at the recent attempted coup d’etat press conference.
The only Kedah Umno division chief not to have lost confidence in Mahathir’s son is the head of Umno’s 15th division. Ketua Umno bahagian Jerlun adalah si Mukhriz itu sendiri.
Nonetheless, the deputy chairman of Umno Jerlun was present at the ‘no confidence’-revolt press conference yesterday.
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Boo Su-Lyn further writes, “Excluding Mukhriz, Umno controls exactly half or 18 out of the 36-seat assembly”.
Hullo ma’am. Your article headline is “Does Kedah Umno have the numbers to oust Mukhriz?”
Answer your own question first lah – i.e. Kedah Umno – before detouring to the state legislative assembly. And even when talking about the balance in the House, Boo Su-Lyn still fudged.
She said Mukhriz aside, Umno controls exactly half of the 36-seat assembly.
The Dewan breakdown is:
- Umno — 19 (Mukhriz + 18 other YBs)
- MCA — 2
- DAP — 2
- PAN — 1
- PKR — 4
- PAS — 8
We’re really not sure how the 12 Aduns collectively from PAS and PKR will swing although it is possible that the five opposition-inclined Aduns may decide to back Mukhriz.
Malay Mail‘s shoddy but sneaky journalism
Boo Su-Lyn lists five Aduns, namely Aminuddin Omar (Jitra), Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail (Guar Chempedak), Suraya Yaacob (Sungai Tiang), Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid (Ayer Hangat) and Norsabrina Mohd Noor (Bandar Baharu) as believed to be on Mukhriz’s side.
Are you sure or not, Ms Boo?
After all, the Malay Mail writer did not personally talk to the five YBs mentioned but instead quoted an unnamed “Kedah Umno Youth grassroots leader” to come up with her name shortlist above and their purported allegiance to Mukhriz.
Boo Su-Lyn speaks to one “Kedah Umno Youth grassroots leader” and consequently presumes to fly the (loyalty) pennant of five Umno bigshots on their behalf.
We await the five to clarify their real status, rather than the Mukhriz-loyalty imputed to them by this putar-belit oppo newspaper.
ABOVE: Tun campaigning for Akhramsyah during the last Umno Youth party election
Headcount of Umno Aduns quite a different matter
In her Malay Mail article, Boo Su-Lyn also quoted Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi as rubbishing Kedah Umno deputy chairman Ahmad Bashah’s alleged (attributed to him) claim that 100 per cent of Umno Aduns are with the revolt.
What Ahmad Bashah actually said was,
“Jadi pada petang ini, kita akan buat satu kenyataan akhbar untuk tuan-tuan puan-puan. Pertama sekali, saya nak sebut adalah dengan ini dimaklumkan bahawa seluruh kepimpinan Umno negeri Kedah dan juga wakil-wakil rakyat Umno dari Kedah dan juga termasuk our Ahli-Ahli Parlimen, dan Umno ini mewakli keseluruhan ketua-ketua bahagian dan juga sayap-sayap — ketua Wanita bahagian-bahagian, ketua Pemuda bahagian-bahagian, ketua Puteri bahagian-bahagian, seluruh Kedah — kami berhimpun di sini untuk menyatakan bahawa kami telah hilang kepercayaan dan keyakinan terhadap kepimpinan YAB Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir sebagai pengerusi perhubungan Umno negeri Kedah dan juga sebagai Menteri Besar Kedah.”
Boo Su-Lyn should pay attention to details and the precise wording rather than subtly misrepresent Ahmad Bashah.
Ahmad Bashah said the entire leadership of Umno Kedah has lost confidence in Mukhriz. He said the Aduns and MPs from Umno Kedah have similarly lost confidence too.
He did not, however, encompass the “entire” (keseluruhan) complement of Umno Aduns.
This is a fine point: The write-up by Boo Su-Lyn had put words into Ahmad Bashah’s mouth (“Bashah’s claims that 100 per cent of Umno Aduns are with him”) which he did not say.
Ahmad Bashah did not say that “100 per cent of Umno Aduns are with him” as reported by the Malay Mail. What he said was “seluruh kepimpinan Umno negeri Kedah … hilang kepercayaan dan keyakinan terhadap kepimpinan YAB Datuk Seri Mukhriz”.
There is a difference between Malay Mail‘s version of “100 per cent of Umno Aduns” and the actual words uttered, “keseluruhan ketua-ketua bahagian”.
But what else can we expect from the rabidly pro-Christian newspaper except sly spin, eh?
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Akhramsyah is Sanusi Junid’s son. Former Kedah Menteri Besar Sanusi is a Mahathir man who was leapfrogged by Tun to become the state MB previously (1996-99).
Not only was Sanusi a past Umno Jerlun division chief, he is such a Mahathir loyalist that he even resigned in protest from Umno – together with Tun – during the period when Malaysia’s 5th prime minister (Mahathir) was desperately trying to topple Malaysia’s 6th PM (Sleepy Dollah).
Clearly, the Malay Mail has chosen to interview someone (Akhramsyah) who may be well be lopsided, on top of his not holding any significant party position, i.e. he’s certainly not one of the Umno Kedah warlords/division chiefs.
Tun should advise son to heed the grassroots’ wishes
The oppo media made a big hoo-ha when 13 Umno branches in Telok Kemang and 20 Umno branches in Sepang earlier called on Najib Razak to resign.
What are 13 Teluk Kemang or 20 Sepang Umno branches?
Negeri Sembilan has 563 Umno branches while Selangor has 1,826.
Thus a mere 2.3 percent of Negeri Sembilan Umno branches and one percent of Selangor Umno branches only have called on Najib to withdraw.
When 13 Negeri Sembilan, 20 Selangor and later 81 Johor Umno branches voiced their dissatisfaction with Najib Razak, Tun was quick off the mark to insist that the party grassroots have lost confidence in Najib.
Now we have a situation whereby 1,963 Umno Kedah branches (as represented by the state’s 15 divisions) or 1,808 if we discount all the branches in Jerlun, who desire for Mukhriz to be booted out.
Going by the 13 Negeri Sembilan, 20 Selangor and 81 Johor Umno branches and their dissent, the Protuns claim that the Umno ground has spoken against Najib.
Following their own logic, aren’t the Kedah grassroots’ close to 2,000 branches now rebelling even more strongly against Mukhriz?
Before Najib is asked to quit as Umno president, let’s see Mukhriz heed the much, much louder and unanimous party voice in Kedah. “The people have spoken”, as the Dapsters like to say.
The President’s men should really do something about the backstabbing J-Star and its tikam belakang coverage.