No motion of no-confidence filed against Najib: Umno

No motion of no-confidence filed against Najib: Umno
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves a Malaysian national flag during National Day celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, August 31, 2015.
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KUALA LUMPUR: None of the 191 Umno divisions has put forward a motion of no-confidence against the leadership of party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to be debated during its general assembly next month.

Confirming this yesterday, Umno vice-­president Datuk Seri Hisham­muddin Hussein said no such motion was put forward.

On the contrary, Hishammuddin, who is in charge of the secretariat handling the motions forwarded by the divisions, said it had received motions of "validation" from 132 divisions to support the leadership.

"I can say that there is no motion of no-confidence calling for him (Najib) to step down," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here yesterday.

Motions of support from the divisions, he pointed out, were not compulsory.

"There is no necessity for them (divisions) to come out with motions of support but they can do so if they want to," he said.

"What is more important is whether there are divisions with motions of no-confidence, but there is none."

Asked on the possibility of sensitive issues being brought up during debate at the assembly, Hisham­muddin said there was no restriction on the delegates, adding: "We will see."

The Umno general assembly will be held from Dec 8 to 12.

Hishammuddin also announced that a special convention would be held on Nov 24 to discuss the issues brought up in the motions forwarded by the divisions.

Besides Umno representatives, the convention would include va­rious speakers to reflect the party's inclusiveness, he added.

Some 600 participants are expected to attend the convention, which will then pass several resolutions to be brought to the Umno assembly.

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