It is now time to consider the pathway of UMNO, Barisan Nasional from here on.
The position of Prime Minister of Malaysia will be handed over by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, as late as the first week of April.
Najib Tun Razak faces an uphill task in this difficult situation as Barisan Nasional is now facing a Goliath in Anwar Ibrahim's Pakatan Rakyat.
There are two articles which have been mislooked or forgotten by many and I shall bring it up again.
1. Najib adopts people-first leadership
2. Najib swears in Mosque that he did not know Altantuya
UMNO and Najib Tun Razak needs Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as part of their reform plans. As a Deputy President of UMNO, the office bearer will be the Party Whip of Barisan Nasional and automatically assume the responsibility of Party Elections Chief (by-elections).
With Datuk Seri Ali Rustam now suspended from the elections (appeals aside), we see only two choices - Muhyiddin or Muhammad Taib.
The battle for the Deputy Presidency is now as good as over because we are down to simple questions to answer.
Do we want Muhammad Taib in the frontline as Party Chief in elections and Party matters?
Will UMNO, Barisan Nasional and the rakyat wholeheartedly and unanimously support Muhammad Taib as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia one day?
UMNO delegates have only one option - vote Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the position as the new Deputy President of UMNO and Barisan Nasional.
This will effectively place Tan Sri Muhyiddin as the new Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
A man who has served as a top Vice President of UMNO and excelled in his portfolio of Menteri Besar Johor (previously), Agriculture (previously) and International Trade and Industry (currently), it is Muhyiddin Yassin's time to assume the leadership of UMNO with Najib Tun Razak.
The pillar of strength of UMNO is in Johor. This time, a Johorean has a clear path to be a future Malaysian statesman.
The only challenge now is for UMNO members to make their voices heard that they are strong and united behind the leadership.
Muhyiddin Yassin must be voted in with the highest number of votes in the election history of UMNO's Deputy President race.
It will send a clear message to the people that UMNO is ready for reforms.
UMNO members must think, and think hard you must.
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