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by rahmah ghazali
(from left) Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Khairy Jamaluddin and Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil talking to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Putra World Trade Centre.
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has attributed the success of Saturday's party election to the new election system that was amended four years ago.
Speaking to the press at Putra World Trade Centre, Najib, who is also the Umno president said that the decision to make the election system more democratic was correct and timely.
"Although the election this time around is the most challenging yet it is definitely worth it," he said.
Najib, who was flanked by his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Umno election committee head Tan Sri Tajol Rosli, also said that the new election system could be a role model for other parties to follow suit.
"Umno wants to be at the forefront in practising open democracy that could set an example for other parties," he said.
Admitting that there were several technical glitches that occured throughout the election process, Najib however hoped that the party would take it as a lesson for next Saturday's Supreme Council election.
"When we amended the election system, we never expected this kind of situation would occur but it definitely has attracted the attention of not only the local press, but the foreign press as well.
"This shows that democracy is alive and well in Umno," he said.
In 2009, Umno decided to amend the party election system to allow its members to determine the party leadership directly.
The decision also aimed to weed out money politics that had played a major role in the previous elections.
When asked whether it would still influence the election process this time around, Najib said that the party members have already made up their minds.
"If there is money politics, it does not necessarily play a major role because they already know who to vote for," he said.
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