KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 – Umno’s General Assembly has approved a motion to postpone the party’s election to six months after the 15th General Election (GE15) is held, Umno Vice Chairman, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Mohamad, who is also the chairman of the party’s management committee, said the issue which had been hotly debated within the party lately had been resolved and urged Umno’s general secretary, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, immediately inform the Registrar of Companies (RoS) about the matter.
“The motion was approved, the secretary made a note. According to the motion, the party election will take place within six months after the GE, we don’t want a split in the party, (so) don’t take it lightly, and defend the dignity of Umno.
“I also ask the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob) to please pay attention to this matter. If we write (about this motion) to the RoS, no one should hinder the decision of our party,” a- he said in his closing speech to the assembly here today.
Umno elections are expected to be held no later than December after being postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mohamad said that if the party election takes place before the national elections, there are fears that it could create a split within the party.
“History has clearly shown that whenever there is a party election, there will be a split. We cannot deny it. We don’t want our party which is currently in a good situation to start having friction and splitting,” he said.
Mohamad said party unity was important for Umno and Barisan Nasional to win the general election.
In this regard, he said that everyone in the party should remain attentive to the announcements made by the opposition parties which always propose a strategy to face the legislative elections.
“Yesterday, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mentioned that they will try to link up with other opposition parties, we shouldn’t wait long before they do.
“Even though BN won in style in the Melaka and Johor state elections, if we look at it, it’s (mainly) because they (the opposition) are divided,” he said, adding that it was not impossible for all the opposition parties to meet. a great team in GE15. — Bernama