SHAH ALAM: Umno did not breach any rules or regulations in passing a no-contest motion for the president and deputy president posts in the party's recent annual general assembly.
Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said this was clarified and confirmed by Umno representatives in a meeting with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on Tuesday (Jan 31) morning.
"I went to the ROS and there were four of us and we brought along all the necessary documents which were prepared by our lawyers," Ahmad told reporters at the Selangor state government's Dewan Jubli Perak on Tuesday evening.
Ahmad, who is also Deputy Finance Minister ll, was there for a dialogue on the upcoming Budget 2023 with the state's departmental heads, local council representatives, district officers and other relevant parties.
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He added that his team of four had had the dialogue with a team of six from the ROS, including its director-general.
"I answered all the questions put forward to me succinctly," he said.
He added that more than 90 % of the delegates attending had agreed that both the positions would not be contested, hence there was no breach of the party's constitution.
Ahmad said he would be submitting more documents to the ROS, including minutes of the AGM as well as an amendment to the Umno constitution later this week.
He hoped the ROS would convey its decision soon as the party will be having its Women, Youth and Puteri wings elections on Feb 26.
This will be followed by the election of the three wings’ committee members on March 11, as well as the divisions’ committee members and Umno Supreme council on March 18.
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On another matter, Ahmad said the government had not discussed reintroducing the goods and services tax (GST).
However, he added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has suggested improvements to better the current taxation system.
"What has been suggested is several measures to increase the nation’s revenue with more stringent enforcement on tax collection," he added.
This included preventing loss of taxes through smuggling activities at the borders as well as improving immigration and the customs department tax collection system, said Ahmad.