Monday, July 14, 2008

Media blitz supporting Abdullah-Najib pact

After a short break, and scanning the newspapers since my last posting, I could see that a major media blitz is underway. In the last few days, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Tun Razak have been getting page 1 treatment for their political accord in the Umno hierarchy.

After Abdullah announced that he would pass the baton of leadership to Najib, the mainstream newspapers have been highlighting this development everyday. Immediately after Abdullah made the announcement, Najib took the cue and lent support to his boss' statement.

This led to columnists and bloggers analysing the development, from various perspectives. In fact, the Sunday papers were full of interviews with Abdullah and Najib. It's part of the game plan to win Umno members over to the transition plan.

The papers are now trying to get an exclusive interview with Muhyiddin Yassin, the man said to have reached a pact with Najib and going for the top two posts in the December. Keep a lookout in the next few days.

In the next few months, the media will continue to highlight political news since politics is very much the flavour of the moment. Unofficial discussions have taken place between editors and members of Umno's supreme council to prepare the Umno grassroot to accept the transition plan.

And, also on cue, the media have been highlighting various Umno state liaison committees who have been issuing statements supporting the transition plan. In October, when Umno divisions have thir AGMs, we will see if they truly accept the transition plan as announced.

1 comment:

Letting the time pass me by said...

The politics in Malaysia nowadays are very unstable... too much speculation and too much assumptions..

I do not think that the leaders in UMNO are willing to take any risk. Why anybody want to risk their comfortable position in the government or in the party???