KUALA LUMPUR: The annual general assembly of Bersatu will focus on strengthening the party, with amendments to the party constitution being one of the primary motions to be raised, says Datuk Seri Radzi Jidin.
The party vice president said that the AGM to be held at the IDCC in Shah Alam will also see more than 2,000 party delegates convening for three days.
He also said that diplomats from countries which are suspected to support the Israeli regime will not be invited to the AGM, in solidarity with the Palestinians.
He said this at a media conference at the party headquarters on Tuesday (Nov 21).
“We are still finalising our theme, but the focus of this AGM will centre around strengthening the party to ensure continuity. Although we may have lost in the last general elections, we have come far as a seven-year-old party,” said Radzi.
The Bersatu AGM 2023 comes less than a month after the opposition party took a major blow when four of its MPs - namely Labuan, Kuala Kangsar, Jeli and Gua Musang - shifted allegiance to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Radzi further said that the Bersatu AGM will kick off on Thursday (Nov 23) with the assemblies of the youth and women’s wings - namely Armada and Srikandi.
“There will also be conventions for Srikandi Muda (for young women) and the associate wing (for non-bumis).
“About 760 delegates will attend the Srikandi assembly while another 859 delegates will attend the Armada assembly to be held simultaneously on the same day. The conventions of the other wings will be held at night.
“On Friday (Nov 24), the AGM will be officiated by party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. We expect the attendance of 2,045 delegates from all over the country,” said Radzi, who is also the Putrajaya MP for Perikatan Nasional.
He also said that the leaders of Perikatan component parties were also invited to the AGM as observers.
As for the issues that delegates would raise during the debates, Radzi said that the party has left it to the delegates’ wisdom to raise issues that benefit the party, the people and the nation.
“We leave the issues to the delegates as we believe that they are wise enough to choose topics which benefit the people and nation. We also hope that they will give quality arguments during the debate sessions after the president’s speech. We are not barring any topics,” said Radzi.
Bersatu Youth Chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal, who was also at the media conference, said that invitations have been sent out to foreign missions of Organisation of Islamic Council (OIC) countries and others but not to those whom they suspect support the Israeli attack against the Palestinians.
“The motion to support Palestine will be raised during the AGM. Those countries suspected of funding or supporting the Israeli regime in the attack against the Palestinians have not been invited,” said Wan Ahmad Fayhsal.
The party leaders also said that the four MPs who had shifted allegiances were invited to the AGM.