PETALING JAYA, April 1 – While Anwar sought to present a united opposition today, in another part of town, the main ruling party was in open revolt, with hundreds of supporters meeting at a Kuala Lumpur hotel this morning to demand that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi resign.
Faces in the packed lobby of Hotel Singgahsana in Petaling Jaya were all turned to the projector screen displaying a live broadcast of the forum inside the ballroom, just steps away. The ballroom itself was filled with people squeezed from wall to wall, like gas molecules trying to become one solid.
They came from every part of the country, the 500, and even from as far as London to hear from Umno elders like former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Umno brand names like his son Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, who is Umno Youth Exco member and a new member of parliament.What a mixed crowd. There were men in suits, women in blings, young people in jeans and T-shirts. The scene was set for a high-voltage gathering.
The Tun on Khairy:
The baffling thing is why Umno leaders are so afraid of this kid. The ministers should have no problem to tenyeh (smash) this kid, but it seems that they are too afraid and I don’t know why.
Of course, everyone knows that the list of candidates is chosen and submitted to 'Sultan' Abdullah (Ahmad Badawi) by state leaders but once it reached to the party president, somebody else takes over. There is somebody in the ‘next office’ that has a say when choosing the candidates. This led to better and capable Umno candidates being dropped to make way for candidates that ended up losing.