KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 2018 : Datuk Seri Najib Razak today relinquished his positions as Umno president and Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman with immediate effect following BN’s defeat in the 14th General Election (GE14).
He disclosed this at a media conference after a meeting of the Umno political bureau at the party headquarters, here today.
“Taking into consideration the current situation, and in view of the severe losses suffered by Umno and the BN (in GE14), I as the Umno president and BN chairman decided to step down from both positions.
“This is because according to principles, whoever heads a party and the party fails in the general election, the moral responsibility must be fully accepted by the person concerned,” he said.
Najib said the political bureau also agreed that Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi carried out the duties of the party president while Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, also an Umno vice-president, carried out the duties of Umno deputy president and BN deputy chairman.
He also gave his assurance that he would not leave the party.
The GE14 saw the 60-year dominance of the BN in administering the country ended when the coalition won only 79 out of the 222 Parliamentary seats. The BN also lost power in states such as Kedah, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor and Sabah.
Najib also apologised to the people for any shortcomings and mistakes when he led the nation.
“I pray that after this divisive period, the country will unite. I apologise for any shortcomings and mistakes, and I thank you, the people, for the opportunity to lead our great nation.
“It has been the honour of my lifetime to serve you and Malaysia,” the former prime minister said in his latest posting on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“After over four decades in politics and the recent election campaign, which was regrettably personal and perhaps, the most intense in Malaysian history, I will take a short break to spend time with my family whom I have not seen enough of, in recent years,” he said.
Najib added his Barisan Nasional (BN) colleagues were committed to respecting the will of the people and facilitating a smooth transfer of power.
“The best interests of Malaysia and its people will always be my first priority and I intend to continue serving them in whatever capacity I can,” he said. – Bernama