Umno set to postpone Jan 31 assembly

PUTRAJAYA: The Umno general assembly, which will decide on the party’s relationship with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in the next general election, may have to be postponed yet again.

Umno had fixed Jan 31 to hold the general assembly but the proclamation of Emergency and the enforcement of the movement control order may force the party to find another date.

Secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said Umno would decide over the next few days on the status of the general assembly.

“Be patient, let’s wait for a few days more. We will make an announcement, ” he said when contacted.

The upcoming Umno general assembly is deemed crucial as the party is set to use the platform to decide on several motions, including one to sever ties with its ruling partner Bersatu, in the 15th General Election.

Other motions include strengthening relations with PAS via Muafakat Nasional.

The Umno general assembly for 2020 was postponed to Jan 31 this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The general assembly was initially scheduled to be held on Dec 6 and 7.

Under Clause 8.2 of the Umno constitution, the AGM must be held within 18 months of the last meeting. The last general assembly took place on Dec 4 to 7,2019.

All but one of Umno’s 191 divisions had held their annual meetings between Jan 1 and 3.

Tanah Merah did not hold a meeting as the division had been suspended.

On Tuesday, a nationwide state of emergency until Aug 1 was declared by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Movement control order, in three different levels of implementation, has been enforced from yesterday until Jan 26.

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