Monday, November 3, 2008


Najib wins Umno Presidency unopposed


Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has won the Umno Presidency unopposed after getting 22 more nominations by 7pm yesterday, bringing the total number so far to 135.

The 22 nominations for Najib, who is also Umno Deputy President, came from the BatuKawan, Tawau, Silam, Keningau, Teluk Kemang, Tampin, Puchong, Sekijang, Ayer Hitam, Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Tanjung Malim, Segamat, Bentong, Kapar, Kota Raja, Muar, Indera Mahkota, Kiang, Cameron Highlands, Teluk
Intan, Balik Pulau and Labuan divisions.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who also offered to contest the Umno President post, has so far obtained only one nomination from the Gua Musang division which he heads.

Former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Isa Samad, meanwhile, has qualified to contest the Party Vice-President post after meeting the quota of 20 nominations, including seven received yesterday.

The seven divisions that nominated Isa for the post were Tampin, Ayer Hitam, Muar; Kapar, Keningau, Teluk Kemang and Teluk Intan.

International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin still leads in nominations for the Deputy President post with 77 so far after getting nine more yesterday from the Muar, Bentong, Segamat, Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Sekijang, Labuan,, Batu Kawan, Tawau and Silam divisions.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Sen Mohd Ali Rustam received six more nominations yesterday from the Air Hitam, Tanjung Malim, Tampin, Keningau, Teluk Kemang and Indera Mahkota divisions, bringing the total so far to 31. He needs eight more nominations to qualify to contest for the party No. 2 post.

There were six more nominations yesterday for Rural and Regional Development Minister Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, from the Kapar, Kota Raja, Puchong, Kiang, Cameron Highlands and Teluk Ititan divisions, adding up to 26 so far.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Shafie, who is Sabah Umno Liaison Committee Deputy Chairman, is in the running for a post of Vice-President, having secured 51 nominations as at 3pm yesterday. A candidate needs 20 nominations to contest the Vice- Presidency.

The Umno elections will be held during the Party’s general assembly scheduled for March 24 to 28 next year.