Sunday, June 9, 2013
The Selangor Umno liaison committee supports the proposal for the president and deputy president posts to not be contested at the party election end of this year.
Its deputy chairman, Datuk Seri Noh Omar, said the leadership of president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, should not be challenged because it could weaken the party struggle.
“Although the number of parliamentary seats won by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 13th general election was less that in the 2008 general election, the number of seats won by Umno increased from 79 to 88.
“Therefore, Selangor Umno will support the prime minister and the deputy prime minister as Umno president and deputy president to continue to lead the party in the 14th general election,” he told reporters after a thanksgiving function here today.
Meanwhile, Noh, who is Tanjung Karang Member of Parliament, said he personally felt that the proposal to turn BN into a single party was not appropriate.
In a related development, the Kelantan Umno Youth also support the no contest for the party president and deputy president posts.
Speaking to reporters in Kota Baharu today, Kelantan Umno Youth chief Anuar
Safian said Najib and Muhyiddin’s position as Umno president and deputy president, respectively, should be maintained to strengthen and attract Malay support for the party.
He also suggested that the movement’s number one post, currently held by Khairy Jamaluddin, should not be contested also.
The reason being that Khairy had been appointed Youth and Sports Minister and should be given a chance to continue with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s transformation agenda, he added.