Monday, September 29, 2008


Umno constitution not infringed, says Muhyiddin


The postponement of the Umno general assembly to parch next year does not contravene any regulation in the Party Constitution, its Vice-President, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. He said it was the right of the Party’s Supreme Council to decide on the late to hold its general assembly. “As provided in the Umno constitution, the highest authority is the Supreme Council, besides the general assembly, and the Supreme Council has the right to fix the dates for meetings, including that of the general assembly, and the latest is the decision to postpone the general assembly... I don’t see how this can be an infringement of the Constitution,” he told reporters after breaking fast with single mothers and the disabled here last night. He said everybody should look at the postponement in a wider context, which was to solve problems on the power transition and based on the understanding reached by the leadership. On former Umno Vice President Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s intention to contest the Presidency, Muhyiddin said this had been made known for quite sometime and was nothing new. “It is his right and we respect his intention to go for the President’s post. It’s up to the delegates at the divisional meetings to nominate him or otherwise,” he added. The Umno Supreme Council, at a special meeting two days ago, postponed the Party’s general assembly to March next year to facilitate a smooth and earlier power transition in the Party. In KOTA TINGGI, Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the postponement of the Umno general assembly was necessary to enable the power transition process to run smoothly. He said the political situation in Umno was becoming increasingly ‘hot’ with many members offering themselves for party posts following the power transition. “We see that the heat is becoming more intense, as though there are instigators pitting one group against another,” he said. Syed Hamid, who is also the Home Minister, said the intense contest for party posts was causing splits within the party which distracted Unmo members from giving full concentration to national matters. He disclosed this when asked to comment on the postponement of the Umno general assembly while attending a breaking of the fast with members of the Malaysian Association of Ex-policemen. - Bernama

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