'I presented suggestions on behalf of Umno': Najib


KUALA LUMPUR - Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said his meeting with the state regency council over the Kedah leadership crisis went well.

"I was granted an audience with the chairman of the council and I presented suggestions on behalf of Umno. Further developments will be announced," he said yesterday.

Asked about news reports which said that he presented three names to the council and that the council rejected all, Najib replied: "Tak ada, tak ada (no, no)."

On whether Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir remained as Kedah Umno chief pending further developments, he said this would also be announced later.

To a question on whether he had known earlier about a potential crisis in the state, Najib said he had heard about problems there.

"As party president, I have to take note and give serious attention to the stand of the 14 division chiefs," he said.

Pressed on whether he felt that this was "the right time" to take action against Mukhriz, Najib replied: "I have said all that I need to say."

Mukhriz was earlier seen entering Menara Dato Onn at the Putra World Trade Centre at 3.05pm, ahead of a supreme council meeting scheduled for 3.30pm.

His sudden exit from the building at 3.55pm created a stir among journalists there because the meeting was still going on.

Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor told reporters later that Mukhriz was informed on Thursday that he did not need to attend the meeting.

"If the supreme council decides that he should not attend, then he shouldn't," Tengku Adnan said.