Incoming leadership will ring in changes for Umno, says Pak Lah

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 25 Jan 2009

DUBAI: Changes planned for Umno will only take place when the new leadership takes over, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

Abdullah, who was commenting on the call for radical changes in the party, said Umno would definitely take steps to ensure its authority was strengthened in order to fulfil the promises made to the people.

“This has been discussed at the supreme council meeting and at our retreat.

“We have decided that we will wait for the elections to be over and only then implement what has been planned,” he told a press conference here on Friday.

The transition of power from Abdullah, who is also Umno president, to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to take place in March during the party’s elections.

When asked to comment on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) arrest of several Umno members for money politics, Abdullah said the commission was doing its job to fight corruption.

“They are doing their duty, just as we had hoped. Their job is to fight corruption and that is what they are doing. This action has proved that they have freedom and that they have acted freely,” he said.

When asked if any action would be taken by Umno against the accused, Abdullah said it was the MACC’s prerogative to inform the party on the results of the investigation.

Abdullah also said this issue would not be bad for Umno’s image but would instead show the public that real action was being taken to defeat money politics.

“This is something good. This action will send a message to party members that we will not tolerate or compromise with this practice,” he said.

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