MALAYSIA: NO PROVISION IN UMNO FOR SUCCESSION PLAN FOR NAJIB TO BE UMNO PRESIDENT, SAYS RAZALEIGH
JOHOR BAHARU, Malaysia June 29 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah claims that there is no provision in Umno for a succession plan for Najib Tun Razak to become Umno president.Contrary to what had been said among Umno members about a succession plan where Najib would take over the post fromAbdullah Ahmad Badawi, Tengku Razaleigh claimed that there was none.It had been reported that Abdullah would relinquish the post to Najib.
"There is no such thing as succession plan as the right is vested with the members. After three years there would be an election process at all levels."(Only) if you die midstream (while holding a post) then somebody will succeed you in acting capacity," said Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to pressmen after a Meet-the-People Session organised by the Johor Malay Veterans (Protem) Club today.
He was asked why Najib has to contest for the Umno presidential post in Umno election in December when there was a succession plan for him to become the president and Prime Minister.Najib was reported in The Star newspaper as saying that he would make a decision at the appropriate time whether to accept nominations to contest the president's post at Umno's polls in December .
Ku Li said everybody in the party was eligible to offer to contest for any post as long as they hade the credibility, integrity and followed the party’s constitution.Ku Li himself will also be vying for the top post.At the function, Ku Li explained to the people that he could not talk about anything that could be construed as an act of campaigning as stated in Umno’s little red book of code of ethics.
He said he would not jeopardise his chance of contesting for the president's post as, if found committing any offences against the code of ethics, he might face expulsion and this would disappoint his supporters.’Meanwhile, he urged about 300 people attending the function to rally behind their ruler, Sultan Iskandar Ismail, in his highness efforts to reclaim Batu Puteh.—