All the 13 Umno divisions in Penang have agreed to nominate Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to defend their posts of president and deputy president, respectively, at the party elections scheduled for December.
This was stated by Penang Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah at a news conference after a meeting of the committee chaired by Abdullah, here.
“We have expressed our support, and the 13 Umno divisions in the state will nominate Pak Lah (Abdullah) to defend the post of president and Datuk Seri Najib to defend the post of deputy president,” he said to thunderous applause from the divisional heads who had attended the meeting.
Among those who attended the meeting were Datuk Seri Mohd Shariff Omar (Tasek Gelugor Division chief) Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid (Permatang Pauh), Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir (Bukit Mertajam) and Datuk Dr Hilmi Yahaya (Balik Pulau) as well as the heads of the state Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Puteri Umno, Datuk Jahara Abdul Hamid, Datuk Abdul Salim Bari and Azlina Mehtab Mohd Ishaq, respectively.
Abdullah, who is chairman of the Penang Umno Liaison Committee, expressed his thanks to the divisional leaders for their support.
The Umno branch meetings are scheduled to begin at the middle of this month and the divisional meetings in October. The party general assembly is scheduled for December.
At the same news conference, Abdullah said the Umno Supreme Council decided at its recent meeting that divisional meetings would be opened by the division head while the branch meetings would be opened simultaneously by the division head.
“The format applied to the divisions would also be applicable to the Wanita, Youth and Puteri movements. We have to ensure that the meetings are conducted well and orderly in accordance with the constitution and meeting regulations,” he said.
Abdullah also said that he wanted the Penang Umno to adopt measures to strengthen itself to face the increasing challenges of the party struggle.
He said strengthening the party would require improving several aspects such as membership, increase of membership, management and activities.
“This is going to be a new beginning (for Penang Umno), a new beginning in a new era for us to ensure that Umno is strengthened,” he said.
He said it was also hoped that Penang Umno would fully implement all the measures adopted by the Supreme Council and the programmes drawn up by the party headquarters for the purpose.
At the meeting, Abdullah explained current issues pertaining to the economy, the federal government’s measures to fight inflation and party-related issues.