KUALA LUMPUR –Dec 6, 2017: Wanita Umno and the two other wings in Umno are unanimous in not wanting the positions of the party president and his deputy to be challenged.
The leaders of the three sections — Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil for Wanita, Khairy Jamaluddin and Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin for Puteri — made this call while opening the annual meetings of their movements, while also pledging undivided support for and confidence in the leadership combination of Datuk Seri Najib Razak as president and Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, a vice-president taking on the reponsibility of the vacant deputy president’s chair.
Shahrizat said her movement also supports the stand and suggestion by another vice-president, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, not to have the contest for the sake of solidarity and consensus.
Since the last few decades, it is not uncommon for Umno members, including the three movements, to speak at the party’s annual general assembly against any contest for the top two posts.
Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin made clear that the party’s priority now would be the upcoming 14th general elections and not the party elections, a theme spoken about by party leaders in the days leading to the assembly.
“Let us go into the battlefield with a calm heart and a clear mind. Do not be weighed down by questions on who to support later. So we settle the question today and let us no longer be bothered by it.
“Throw out any uncertainties and insecurities and let’s focus on delivering a big victory for BN (the Barisan Nasional coalition),” he said.
Puteri leader Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin described the Najib-Zahid combo as similar to the proverbial aur dengan tebing.
She said Puteri Umno would always support Najib’s leadership and also Zahid for his loyalty and commitment in carrying the duties of the deputy president.