November 02, 2008 20:44 PM
Najib Wins Umno Presidency Unopposed
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 (Bernama) – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has won the Umno presidency unopposed after getting 22 more nominations by 7pm Sunday, bringing the total number so far to 135.
The 22 nominations for Najib, who is also Umno deputy president, came from the Batu Kawan, Tawau, Silam, Keningau, Teluk Kemang, Tampin, Puchong, Sekijang, Ayer Hitam, Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Tanjung Malim, Segamat, Bentong, Kapar, Kota Raja, Muar, Indera Mahkota, Klang, 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 Sunday.
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 today from the Muar, Bentong, Segamat, Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Sekijang, Labuan, Batu Kawan, Tawau and Silam divisions.
Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam received six more nominations 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 today for Rural and Regional Development Minister Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, from the Kapar, Kota Raja, Puchong, Klang, Cameron Highlands and Teluk Intan divisions, adding up to 26 so far.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad still has only nomination for the post which he got from the Gua Musang division Saturday.
For the post of vice-president, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein received 16 more nominations today, adding up to 111, while Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has 80 so far, including 11 received Sunday.
Hishammuddin received the nominations from the Sekijang, Ayer Hitam, Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Tanjung Malim, Segamat, Bentong, Kapar, Kota Raja, Muar, Batu Kawan, Tawau, Silam, Keningau, Teluk Intan, Klang and Indera Mahkota divisions.
The nominations for Ahmad Zahid today came from the Labuan, Balik Pulau, Puchong, Sekijang, Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Tanjung Malim, Klang, Teluk Intan, Teluk Kemang, Silam and Batu Kawan divisions.
Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal has accumulated 55 nominations, including 11 received today, and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin has accumulated 53 after getting seven more.
Shafie received nominations from the Batu Kawan, Tawau, Silam, Keningau, Indera Mahkota, Klang, Labuan, Tampin, Puchong, Balik Pulau and Kapar divisions, and Khaled from the Puchong, Sekijang, Ayer Hitam, Muar, Segamat, Cameron Highlands and Balik Pulau divisions.
The other aspirants for the vice-president post include Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis who received nominations from the Labuan, Cameron Highlands, Indera Mahkota and Kota Raja divisions, bringing the accumulated nominations to 15, and Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik with one more from the Tampin division, adding up to 10 for him so far.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has got 14 nominations so far, including from the Segamat, Bentong, Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Teluk Kemang and Cameron Highlands divisions Sunday.
Johor Wanita Umno chief Datuk Halimah Mohamad Sadique and former deputy finance minister Datuk Dr Affifuddin Omar each still has one nomination that came from the Gua Musang division Saturday.
The other aspirants are Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar who has 24 nominations so far, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (6), Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (3), Datuk Seri Musa Aman (2), Tan Sri Annuar Musa (1) and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam (1). Meanwhile, the Silam Umno division delegates’ meeting was said to have taken the longest time, at 24 hours.
The meeting which started at about 9am Saturday and ended only at 8.30am Sunday, however, saw Najib nominated for the presidency and Muhyiddin for the deputy president post.
Muhyiddin’s nomination was through secret balloting as the earlier decision to nominate Muhammad was rejectd by the delegates.
Another earlier decision to nominate Khaled Nordin, Rahim Thamby Chik and Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis for the vice-president posts were also rejected by the delegates.
They eventually chose Hishammuddin, Ahmad Zahid and Mohd Shafie for the three slots.
Wanita Umno vice-chief Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil today received two nominations from the Temerloh and Labuan divisions to contest the Wanita chief post.
Shahrizat has so far amassed 66 nominations for the post, well exceeding the quota of 39, while the incumbent Wanita chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz still leads with 103 nominations.
The Temerloh and Labuan divisions also nominated Wanita executive committee (exco) member Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim for the vice-chief post. She has so todate, obtained 50 nominations.
Shahrizat, however, leads in nominations for the post, with 101 so far, while Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has 13, Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan and Halimah Sadique have two each, while Wanita exco member Datuk Dr Norraesah Mohamad has one.
Todate, all the Wanita divisional wings in Johor, Melaka, Perlis, Pahang and Terengganu have completed their delegates’ meetings.
In the contest for the Umno Youth chief post, Jerlun MP and Youth exco member Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir is still ahead with 70 nominations, including two received Sunday from the Temerloh and Kangar divisions.
Former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo had three more, bringing the accumulated nominations for him to 56, while the movement’s deputy head and Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin has not received any additional nomination today to the 50 he already has.
For the Umno Youth deputy chief post, Muar MP Datuk Razali Ibrahim has 91 nominations while his close challenger, Umno Youth exco member Datuk Reezal Merican Naina Merican, has 72.
The other aspirants are Kota Kinabalu Umno Youth chief Bahrul Razha Chuprat (3), and Bagan Youth chief Marzuki Yahaya, Subang Youth chief Megat Firdaus Megat Junid, Khairy and Kapar Youth chief Faizal Abdullah, still have one nomination each.
The minimum number of nominations required to contest the Umno Youth chief post is 39 and the deputy post, 20.
Of the 191 divisional Youth wings, 177 have held their delegates’ meetings since Oct 9.