Zahid, Tok Mat should continue to lead Umno, says Jamal Yunos

PETALING JAYA: Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos has suggested tabling a motion in the upcoming party general assembly for the top two positions to be uncontested.

Jamal said Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan should continue leading the party to stabilise it.

“This is because Umno is still in a ‘fragile and unstable’ state,” said Jamal, who is also Selangor Barisan Nasional communications chief, in a statement on Sunday (Dec 11).

"Even though the party practises a democratic system, what happened is that losers who are unable to accept defeat have made moves so that winners are pushed to quit their positions.

"Just like what happened before the selection in 2018,” he added.

In 2018, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stepped down from his position as Barisan Nasional chairman and Umno president after the coalition and party performed dismally in the 14th General Election.

Ahmad Zahid has been facing similar calls to step down after Umno’s poor performance in the 15th General Election.

The Umno general assembly is scheduled to be held from Jan 11 to 14 following a postponement announced last week by Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

Ahmad said the assembly had to be postponed as the original dates, Dec 21 to 24, clashed with the school holidays.

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