Ahmad Maslan: Umno general assembly postponed following MCO, Emergency proclamation

PUTRAJAYA: The Umno general assembly has been postponed again, says party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

Ahmad said the assembly was originally scheduled for Jan 30 and 31, but added that had to be postponed after the government enforced the movement control order and the Emergency proclamation.

He said a new date for the annual party meeting will be fixed and announced later.

“Party members are reminded to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) at all times to prevent the spread of Covid-19, ” he said in a statement Monday (Jan 18).

The general assembly was initially scheduled to be held on Dec 6 and 7 but had to be postponed due to the rising cases of Covid-19.

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 from Dec 4 to 7 2019.

All except for one of Umno's 191 divisions had held its annual meeting between Jan 1 and 3; Tanah Merah did not hold a meeting as the division had been suspended.

Last week, a nationwide state of Emergency until Aug 1 was proclaimed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and a movement control order - in three different levels of implementation - has also been enforced until Jan 26.

Ahmad also said that the Umno president has agreed for party polls at all levels to proceed as scheduled this year.

“At the same time, all party members have been reminded to close ranks and focus on issues affecting the people during these challenging times, ” he said.

In the 2018 party polls, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi won the presidency while Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan was elected deputy president.

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