By Abdul Rahim Sabri

Umno old guards add fireworks to veep showdown

ANALYSIS Two of the contenders for the vice-presidency in next month's Umno elections stand out for their long but similar history: Both were former Umno vice-presidents, one a former menteri besar and the other a former chief minister.

On one hand is former Malacca CM Mohd Ali Rustam, who won his vice-presidency in 2004 with the second highest number of votes.

However, he could not battle for the deputy presidency in 2008, after the Umno disciplinary board found him to have breached election rules.

Similarly, former Negeri Sembilan MB Mohd Isa Samad garnered the highest number of votes for vice-president in the 2004 party polls, but was removed from his position and suspended three years after beng found guilty of money politics...