PETALING JAYA: Umno must proceed with its party elections even if the general election is not held this year, says Umno supreme council member Datuk Jalaluddin Alias.
The Jelebu MP said that he would raise the matter in the upcoming Umno supreme council meeting scheduled on Saturday (April 25).
"The proposal needs to be scrutinised and finalised by Umno as the party requires a new mandate from members to strengthen our chances to win in the next general election," he said when contacted Wednesday (April 21).
Jalaluddin said this after considering the input from the grassroots and other Umno leaders.
His calls are similar to the ones made by other leaders including former youth chief and Cabinet minister Khairy Jamaluddin who wanted the party polls to be settled as soon as possible to end the impasse between rival camps within the party.
"Although the decision will be made collectively, I am confident it will take place by this year and will not be postponed," said the Umno backbencher.
"We will try to endorse it as soon as possible," he said.
Talk is rife that the Umno supreme council will deliberate whether to postpone party polls this year.
Umno, which has 3.35 million members as of March 26, was due to call party elections last year but this was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw spikes at the end of 2020 following the Sabah state elections.
The Umno general assembly was also postponed several times due to the pandemic.
According to Umno’s constitution, the supreme council has the prerogative to postpone the party polls up to 18 months from the date when the election is supposed to be held.
The Umno elections are held every three years, with the last one held on June 30,2018. The current term for Umno’s office-bearers is set to expire on June 30.