Umno general assembly Oct 13-16, says Najib (Update)


  • Nation
  • Friday, 29 May 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will hold its annual general assembly (AGM) from Oct 13 to 16. It will be kicked off with an emergency general assembly to amend the party’s constitution, said party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib said the draft proposal for the amended constitution was almost ready and would be handed out to the state liaison committees for feedback.

“After receiving the feedback, the supreme council will then decide on what is to be amended and this will then be tabled at the emergency general assembly,” he said.

Najib added once this matter was concluded at the emergency general assembly, the party would resume the AGM.

“It has also been decided that only one motion is to be discussed at the AGM and this would be a motion of thanks to the president. Any issue can be brought up during this time.”

Najib also named five people who would be added to the party’s disciplinary board to beef up its strength.

They are former Youth and Sports Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Ismail Said, lawyer Datuk Zuraidah Atan, retired senior ACA enforcement official Wahab Wahid, retired police inspector Nordin Saidin and retired police enforcement officer Mohd Zain Ismail.

Najib said the council agreed, in principle, that a party member’s position would be suspended if he or she was charged in court.

The suspension would be lifted once the member was successful in fighting the charges, he said.

The council also endorsed the return to the party of former party president and prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali and their son Datuk Mokzhani Mahathir.

As for the Manek Urai by-election, Najib said Kelantan Umno liaison chief Datuk Mustapa Mohamed would be the election director while Umno deputy president, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, would oversee the operations in totality.

Najib also reiterated that Umno would stay out of the Penanti by-election and that if there were to be any actions by members there, it would be done at the individual level.

Supreme council members, when met after the meeting, said they did not discuss details of the draft proposal of amendments to the party constitution.

Najib also said that all matters related to issues raised by the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) audit report would be addresses by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

“Refer to him (Ong). He will give the government’s explanation.”

When asked to speak in his capacity as Finance Minister, Najib reiterated that the press were to refer to Ong for clarification.

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