PETALING JAYA - Umno leaders have played down a so-called "emergency" supreme council meeting which purportedly took place on Sunday night, saying that it was merely a casual session with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
It is learnt that several supreme council members wanted to meet with the party president following a critical report in The Wall Street Journal against Najib.
However, those who went to see Najib were tight-lipped about what actually transpired at the get together which took place at his official residence, Seri Perdana.
Several members of Najib's inner circle also quashed rumours about any emergency meeting, saying the gathering was a "normal one among friends".
Umno secretry-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (pic) dismissed chatter that the session was an emergency Umno supreme council meeting.
"I don't know where this nonsense claim came from. I'm the secretary-general and I didn't call for an emergency meeting," he said.
Tengku Adnan also said there was nothing unusual about Sunday's gathering, saying such sessions were held regularly.
Instead, he called on party members and the people to remain calm during these "challenging times".
"If we stick together, we can overcome challenges," said Tengku Adnan.
A supreme council member who requested anonymity said they had requested to meet Najib to have a "chit chat" in an informal setting.
"He invited us over to the residence and we talked about a lot of things," he said, while declining to elaborate when asked whether the allegations raised in WSJ last week were discussed.
Another attendee said not all of the supreme council members could make it for the session due to prior commitments.
"If it was an emergency meeting, they would also have to turn up right? So I'm telling you, it's not," he said.