News from The Malaysian Insider:
Two ministers, four MBs crash in supreme council polls
By Shannon Teoh
KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 – The voting for Umno’s 25 Supreme Council seats saw a number of government leaders failing to gain the support of the delegates.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman, who is under investigation for graft, joined Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Samad and Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Noraini Ahmad as members of outgoing president Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi’s Cabinet to fail.
Also ousted were all four Mentris Besar who contested; Johor’s Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, Perlis’ Datuk Isa Sabu, Pahang’s Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Negri Sembilan’s Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Their consolation is the fact that Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers in Umno are invited to join in Supreme Council meetings anyway.
The result means that incoming president Datuk Seri Najib Razak gets a top team which has his backing, led by deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice presidents Datuk Seris Ahmad Zahidi, Hishammuddin Hussein and Shafie Apdal.
But delegates picked freely for the Supreme Council, retaining several members of Abdullah’s Cabinet such as Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed who topped the polls with 2,259 votes and Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
But there were also new faces such as Batu Pahat MP Datuk Puad Zarkashi and a return for former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis, who is widely tipped to be part of Najib’s Cabinet.
The winners were:
Datuk Mustapa Mohamed (2,259 votes),
Datuk Noh Omar (2,084),
Datuk Seri Musa Aman (2,084),
Datuk Azian Osman (2,060),
Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman (2,054),
Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed ( 1,854),
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (1,838),
Datuk Lajim Ukin (1,804),
Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor (1,705),
Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (1,700),
Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (1,685),
Datuk Idris Haron (1,658),
Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad (1,624),
Datuk Seri Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis (1,622),
Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (1,619),
Datuk Dr Norraesah Mohamad (1,611),
Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid (1,580),
Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohd Hanadzlah (1,529),
Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin (1,518),
Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (1,517),
Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin (1,481),
Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique (1,431),
Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek (1,377)
Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (1,275),
Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (1,265),