KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 -- Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was elected the new Umno deputy president when he beat Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib in the party elections today."He obtained 1,575 votes," announced permanent chairman Tan Sri Onn Ismail at 10.45pm at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here.
The contest for the Umno deputy presidency was to be a three-cornered fight but the third candidate, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, was barred from contesting when three of his agents were found to have indulged in money politics by the Umno Disciplinary Board.
Muhyiddin, 62, the Pagoh Member of Parliament, is the International Trade and Industry Minister and was an Umno vice-president in the previous party line-up.He had won the vice-presidency for the first time in 1993, garnering the highest votes of 1,113 but failed to retain it in the subsequent party elections in 1996.
He won the vice-presidency for the second time in the 2000 party elections and defended the seat for another term until he decided to contest the deputy presidency in this elections when Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak vacated the seat to contest the Umno president's post.Muhyiddin, who was the Johor menteri besar between 1986 and 1995, began his political career in 1970 after graduating from the University of Malaya in the field of Economics and Malay Studies and was appointed the Muar-Pagoh Umno treasurer.
Five years later he was appointed the division's vice-chief and its Youth chief in the same year.His career continued to shine when Barisan Nasional (BN) made him a candidate for the Pagoh parliamentary seat in 1978.He won the seat and was the MP for the area until in 1986 when he contested for the Bukit Serampang state seat. He recontested the Pagoh parliamentary constituency in 1995 and has held the seat since then.In 1981 he was appointed the Foreign Ministry's parliamentary secretary and later the Federal Territory Deputy Minister.He then returned to Johor to become the chief minister but made a comeback at the federal level in 1995 as the Youth and Sports Minister.
Four years later he was appointed the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister in which he was responsible for introducing the ceiling prices for certain types of consumer items as well as waging war against illegal compact discs.In 2004, following a cabinet reshuffle under the leadership of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Muhyiddin was given the agriculture portfolio.He was appointed the International Trade and Industry Minister last year.The Muar-born leader had been an administrative officer in the early 70's.-- BERNAMA
Not bad at all......
Muhammad son of Muhammad; time for you to call the curtain dude!
But the worst hit must be Rafidah though.
She must be donning shades for few days i guess....