A united Umno is a ready Umno, say analysts

PETALING JAYA: Umno has closed ranks and is prepared to the face general election at any given time under its current leadership, say political analysts and party leaders.

International Islamic University Malaysia law professor Prof Dr Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod said the outcome of Umno’s extraordinary general assembly (EGM) on Sunday, which unanimously voted for party elections to be held after the general election, had quashed any internal squabbles.

“There are a lot of strategies involved here. One is that the party will not be divided in facing the general election, which is well and good,” he said when contacted yesterday.

During the EGM, the party had approved the amendment to its constitution to add an extra provision for its supreme council to postpone party polls by up to 18 months or within six months after a general election, whichever is later.

Nik Ahmad Kamal said the amendments would give party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi some room and more say in the strategies for the upcoming general election, including candidates’ selection.

“The decision on whether to continue the cooperation under Muafakat Nasional will also be within his purview,” added Nik Ahmad Kamal, referring to the pact with PAS.

National Professors Council senior fellow Dr Jeniri Amir said despite the amendment, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet would still decide when to call for an election.

“The most important thing is the timing.

“He (the Prime Minister) needs to ensure it will be beneficial to Umno and Barisan Nasional,” he said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Umno , general election , EGM


Next In Nation

Driver killed, six pupils injured in accident involving two MPVs
DAP's principles are more questionable, says Warisan
Ahmad Zahid wants NRC to be abolished
Bella was thin, in state of fear when I met her at HKL - witness
Kiandee: Govt striving to reduce impact of rising cost of living
Police investigating claim senior officers involved in a missing person case
Cops advise public not to take part in price increase protest
YAB trial: DPP tells Ahmad Zahid not to treat courtroom like 'coffee shop'
Deputy CM raises plight of Sabahans in Australia in meeting with Penny Wong
Klang's Sg Chandong back to normal, a day after turning pink

Others Also Read