UMNO elections 2009: Shafie Apdal, first ever Sabahan to be vice-president of UMNO

Datuk Seri Shafie Afdal has made history by being the first ever Sabahan to be elected one of the three UMNO vice presidents, edging out his closest challenger Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin 1,445 votes to 1,397. 5th placed Datuk Dr Rais Yatim garnered a distant 491.

Probably helped by the fact that Sabah had the 2nd highest number of delegates with 325, second only to Johor.

The closest before this was in 2000 when the then CM, Datuk Osu Sukam just missed out when he finished 4th.

Both he and Khaled were supreme council members.

They were among those who received the most nominations – the others being Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Other vice presidential candidates who lost out were:
(i) Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar
(ii) Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
(iii) Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (incumbent vice-president)
(iv) Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik (incumbent supreme council member, got the lowest number of votes: 192)

For the 25-seat supreme council, all 3 Sabahan candidates were elected in: Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman, Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin and Datuk Bung Moktar Radin.

It might not sound that impressive, but consider the fact that many big guns failed to hold on to or clinch a supreme council seat [honorifics omitted]:

(i) Azalina Othman (Tourism Minister)
(ii) Mohamad Hassan (Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar)
(iii) Abdul Ghani Othman (Johor Menteri Besar)
(iv) Mohd Isa Sabu (Perlis Menteri Besar)
(v) Adnan Yaakob (Pahang Menteri Besar)
(vi) Shahrir Abdul Samad (Domestic Trade and Consumer Minister)
(vi) Noraini Ahmad (Deputy Human Resources Minister and outgoing Puteri Umno chief)
(vii) Johari Baharum (Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department)
(viii) Hasan Malek (Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department)
(ix) Siti Zaharah Sulaiman (former Wanita Umno chief)

Earlier, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, deputy head of Puteri UMNO and two-term Paper MP was elected the first Sabahan Puteri UMNO chief, beating out 5 other candidates: Datin Ismalina Ismail, Ida Rahayu Md Noor, Datuk Hahaniza Shamsuddin, Saarah Ali Bashah and Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid.

Victory must be especially sweet for her as she reportedly trailed Shahaniza and Ida Rahayu in the run-up.

In last year’s general and state elections, Sabah Umno helped win 14 of the 24 parliamentary seats won in Sabah and 32 of the 59 state seats.

So, all in all, it has been a good Umno elections for Sabahans.

P.S. I read that there were a total of 14 Sabahan candidates in the party elections – apart from the ones I mentioned above, did the others win too?

12 thoughts on “UMNO elections 2009: Shafie Apdal, first ever Sabahan to be vice-president of UMNO

  1. coincidentally i was in KL when all this was happening. Even to the common people there…there’s lot’s of skepticism. Jibby will have a difficult time appeasing those who didn’t make it.

  2. PWTC has been the scene of many memories,

    I remember sometime in 1997 at PWTC – I was part of the SUK Perak – MAMPU team [then headed by Dr Raja Malik] giving an ICT course to all Perak state assemblymen, including apparently one of the youngest ever ADUN in history, a 21-year old fellow.

    Then suddenly everyone stood up, and the then Deputy PM entered the room – who else but Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    That was my first and last sight of him as the DPM, as we all know what happened to him a year later.

    Then in February 2009, I nearly bumped into him at KLIA as he was walking so fast out of the airport.

  3. Sabahans won 10 posts at the just concluded UMNO general assembly.

    Shafie Afdal – Vice President, Rosnah Shirlin – Puteri Chief, Supreme Council – 3 of them – Musa Aman, Lajim Ukin and Bung Moktar..

    another 5 winners – 2 for wanita exco member – Datuk Armani Mahiruddin (Wanita UMNO Sabah Chief) and Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (Adun Klias)…. another 2 for Exco Pemuda – Jamawi Jaafar (Ketua Pemuda UMNO Tenom) and another Sabahan guy and also another Sabahan girl for Exco Puteri UMNO Malaysia…

    as for other contenders like Gunta, Mosikin, Dunik and the Great Sabud – their names were nowhere to be seen on the list of delegates!!!!!!!!!

  4. and shafie first task as UMNO Vice President is to help BN in Batang Air byelection in Sarawak… he was seen on nomination day today…. but the most frightening thing is Batang Ai is located in a district called “Lubok Antu”….!!!!! (Lubuk Hantu)……… apa macam bossssssssssssssssssssssssss

  5. You mean, out of 14 Sabahans, 4 didnt make it?

    I read somewhere that the other exco pemuda from Sabah is Mohd Gasing Saling, UMNO youth chief for P191 Kalabakan (ref: http://tawaukini.com/?p=328). If I’m not mistaken, he was my senior at SBPS 24 years ago.

  6. YA…Gasing was one of them – elected as UMNO Youth Exco… if he become top in that umno youth exco election then i think his name speaks for himself – Gasing – Top…

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