ALOR SETAR: Umno will publish the letter from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) approving the additional motion that the posts of president and deputy president not be challenged in the party’s elections this year.
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said he would ask the party’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan to see to this so that all members are reassured.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Rural and Regional Development Minister, said it is hoped that the ROS letter would bring to an end any polemic against the motion that was approved during the 2022 Umno general assembly in January this year.
“The Umno general assembly is the party’s highest decision body and the rules and constitution were adhered to, so the decision is final and we will end the polemics against the resolution,” he said when met by reporters here yesterday.
Earlier, he attended a ceremony to introduce Kedah and Perlis candidates contesting the upcoming party elections. Also present at the ceremony was Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
On Saturday, Ahmad Zahid said Umno had received a letter from Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail on Friday regarding the ROS’ decision.
Earlier, party vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reportedly asked Ahmad Zahid to produce the ROS letter following the controversy over the additional motion passed at the 2022 Umno general assembly.
In his speech at the ceremony yesterday, Ahmad Zahid urged Umno leaders to not try to topple the unity government to ensure that the party remains relevant and strong so that it will be accepted by the people again, especially ahead of the upcoming six state elections.
“The unity government and Malaysia Madani must be defended and all those who would be leading Umno at the supreme council, Wanita, Youth and Puteri levels must work as a team so that we are not threatened.
“We don’t want outside elements to come in because there are plans to challenge and bring down the existing leadership and government,” he said.
He also reminded delegates who are voting to choose candidates who are able to strengthen the party and who do not have an agenda to create rivalries within Umno.
“We celebrate diversity of opinion but the party can no longer afford to have several camps with different agendas,” he said. — Bernama