Saturday, 05 April 2008
(The Star) - Describing Umno as being mired in a crisis, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said the lack of democracy was the main cause of the party's weakness.
The Gua Musang Umno division chief said the quota system in which 30% of divisional nominations were needed before a candidate could contest the president post was an example of the party lacking in democracy.
He said the requirement meant that candidates would need nominations from at least 58 divisions in order to contest.
"The rationale is to curtail members from contesting for posts but I don’t think there are Umno members who will simply challenge the party president without any strong reasons,” he told reporters after opening the division's extraordinary general meeting (EGM) here.
He said the quota system created a situation where members were more loyal to leaders instead of the party and incidences of money politics.
He said the recent general election had eroded the people's support and confidence in Umno and immediate steps must be taken to stop the situation from worsening.
“We have to convene an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) immediately, involving Umno delegates, to carry out soul-searching on the cause of Umno’s dismal performance in the election,” he said.
The EGM attended by 423 delegates from 191 branches in Gua Musang was held to press the party supreme council to convene a national-level EGM to discuss the results of the polls.
Gua Musang is the first division to hold the EGM with Tengku Razaleigh urging the 190 divisions in the country to hold theirs.