With UMNO out of power, a lot of ex-leaders have become vulnerable or mentally unstable.
For example, some of them who used to be clean shaven and tough, now look old and haggard. Others don’t even bother to dress up. Others even are trying all sorts of combinations to survive. Lets guide you through this zoo.
Updated: 6 Eastern bloc of MPs have left UMNO. UMNO has 38 MPs.
The first is the Presidential faction, led by Doctor Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (“Doc Hamidi”). This faction includes Padang Rengas MP, Dato Nazri Aziz, UMNO Secretary General, Tan Sri Annuar Musa and several Perak based MPs. This faction wants UMNO to re-enter the Government by forming an alliance with PKR and DAP and install Anwar Ibrahim as PM. It is suspected that MP for Pasir Salak, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman is also a member of this group after his declaration that he is an “ultra Indian” MP to dispel notion that he is racist. This group holds close ties with the Najib faction.
Then there is the faction led by Dato Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Onn. This group wants to jump into Bersatu, with the motivation that Hisham will become a national leader, and maybe future Prime Minister. This includes some Pahang UMNO MPs, as well and the Sabah faction.
Then there is the group which nobody wants to friend and nobody wants to be associated with. This is the Loud Najib faction, including the MyKeMUD media team, Supreme Council members like Datuk Lokman Noor, Tun Faisal and Puad Zarkashi. MPs aligned to this group would include Baling MP, Datok Azeez. They control UMNO’s online media platforms and are active in social media. These people are mostly mid 40s and have ZERO experience in winning. They were in charge of UMNO’s strategy for GE14.
After that there is the traditionalist UMNO faction. This group is feudal, Malay educated and mainly from Johor. They are led by ex-Johor MB Dato Seri Khalid Nordin. Others who would fall into this group would be UMNO Youth Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and Wanita UMNO leadership. This group will be loyal to UMNO and are will not make any deals with Pakatan Harapan. This group also is relatively clear on its focus.
Lastly, there is the proKhairy faction. This group is also relatively clean, mostly youth based, is strong within Pemuda UMNO and very loyal to KJ. The outlook of this group is more moderate compared to the traditionalist and very modern. This group will also not make a deal with PH, either Mahathir or Anwar. Rembau Times is supporting this faction in UMNO.