Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam’s knock-out from the Umno elections has changed the entire tone of the race for the deputy presidency of Umno. The contest is now between the two Tan Sris.
But the penalty on Mohd Ali was rather unusual. He was not suspended like the others but was barred from contesting any post, effectively knocking him out of the race for the No 2 post.
And because he was not suspended, he can hold on to his Malacca Umno chief and division chief posts.
Some like vice-presidential candidate Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi are already making political capital out of it.
During the Ipoh meeting, Zahid who is deputy Perak Umno chief, gave a powerful speech condemning attempts to block candidates and appealed for all candidates to be allowed to contest. His stage performance was met with deafening applause.
SMS slamming the disciplinary board have started flying around.
A great deal of anger is going to be directed at the board.
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