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Quota system may be

abolished, says Hisham
by Husna Yusop In addition, he said the committee also has considered the proposal to hold division meetings
and elections simultaneously at all levels involving
PUTRAJAYA: Future Umno elections may see the some 60,000 members.
abolition of the quota system if the proposal were He said it was seen as a more realistic approach
approved by the delegates of a special assembly to in terms of logistic compared to simultaneous
be held end of the year. meetings at branch level which would involve a
Party vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin much bigger group of some 3.4 million members.
Hussein said the Constitution Amendment Techni- He also said the committee would also recom-
cal Committee which met yesterday has agreed to mend certain measures of improvements such as
bring the motion to the assembly. to facilitate payment of nomination fees, to open
“As soon as the proposal is approved, the party membership to NGO members and easy member-
constitution will be immediately amended,” he told ship registration process through modern technol-
a press conference after chairing the meeting here ogy such as information technology.
yesterday. Hishammuddin, who is also Terengganu Umno
The qualification to contest for the presiden- liaison chairman, said he had a meeting with Men-
tial seat needs at least 30% out of the 191 Umno tri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, former mentri
divisions, deputy president (20%), vice-presidents besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and all division heads
(10%) and supreme council members (5%). as well as all assemblymen on Wednesday to trash
Hishammuddin said with the abolishment of the out the problems faced by the party.
quota system, any members who feel they qualify “This is the first time involving all parties with
for the post can offer themselves. interest. Alhamdulillah, all groups have realised
“This is seen as an effort which is more trans- the importance of giving priority to the party’s and
parent, free and gives more chance to anybody to state interests,” he said, adding the perception that

offer themselves and hold a position if they received there are fractions and groups within the party
support from members,” he added. must be put to an end.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin confers the Darjah Panglima Puteri Umno gets two years to restore party image
Setia Pasukan Khas Polis (PSPP) on Special Branch principal assistant director Datuk PUTRAJAYA: Puteri Umno has been given two Asked whether the two-year period was
Leo Chong Cheong at an investiture ceremony at Istana Melawati in Putrajaya years to help restore Umno’s image and change sufficient for Puteri Umno to achieve the target,
yesterday. A total of 294 police personnel received awards and medals at the ceremony. society’s negative perception of the party especially Muhyiddin was confident that the movement was
among the younger generation. up to the challenge.
Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin “It is not long, so Puteri Umno has a big respon-
Yassin said the time frame was given to ensure that sibility and must be proactive and not act only after
‘No majority and minority votes’ Puteri Umno would be more focused in carrying
out its task.
something has happened,” he said.
On Barisan Nasional component parties at the
» From Front Page of the state legislative assembly to whom “The important thing is for the movement to supreme council meeting recently agreeing to the
the mentri besar was responsible. step up its effort by organising more community- proposed setting up of Puteri BN, Muhyiddin said
admitted that there was deadlock in the » The only way to resolve the problem is based programmes, especially for youths so that he welcomed the idea, although it was left to the
state assembly. by calling for a motion of no-confidence they will be with us. component parties to decide and was not a direc-
“Deadlock means that there was no in the assembly. “Information programmes must also be intensi- tive.
majority and minority votes. How come “If he (Mohammad Nizar) loses con- fied to counter distortion of facts by certain quarters He said this would also be good as there would
Mohammad Nizar at first says that he had fidence of the floor, the honourable thing which can affect support for Umno,” he said after be representatives from the young group in society
majority votes and at the same time say to do is to resign. It cannot be seen as to meeting with Puteri Umno leaders at his office. sitting in the BN supreme council. – Bernama
there was a deadlock.” be vacated.”
Mohammad Nizar’s counsel
» They were not challenging the sultan’s
power not to dissolve the assembly.
Sulaiman Abdullah’s submission:
» Under Article 16(6) of the Perak Con-
stitution, the mentri does not hold office
“Neither are we challenging his pow-
ers to call the elected representatives but
he cannot take the large step forward to
PAS to look for ways to counter
at the Sultan’s pleasure, but holds office
subject to the confidence of the members
determine Mohammad Nizar has lost his
majority and order him to resign.” rejuvenated Umno
by Giam Say Khoon from the muktamar,” Hasan said. However, he said the resolutions for the
muktamar are yet to be finalised and a com-
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and means in its upcoming muktamar (annual
general meeting) from June 5 to 7 to deal with
has been set up to go through all proposed
resolutions submitted from the divisions and
the “rejuvenated” Umno under the leader- decide which are the important resolutions
DAMANSARA HEIGHTS ship of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul that will be debated during the muktamar.
2, Jln Damansara Endah, Damansara Heights, 50490 KL Razak, its Selangor commissioner, Datuk Dr Hasan also said the voting for the deputy
Worship Services @ 8am 10.30am 5pmO O Hasan Mohd Ali, said yesterday. president, three vice-presidents and 18 execu-
Interpretation into Bahasa Malaysia “For example, Najib has chosen to lead tive committee members’ posts will begin at
& Cantonese at 10.30am Selangor and I am sure the state must be 3pm on the first day of the muktamar after
SCG & CW @ 8am 10.30am O
one of the most wanted states by the Barisan the opening address by party president Datuk
DAMANSARA PERDANA Nasional. We have to be responsive and as Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
4th Floor, 20 Jln PJU 8/5G, PAS, we need to come out with measures “I was told by our party election director
Bandar Damansara Perdana, 47820 PJ and tactics,” he told a press conference (Datuk Mustafa Ali) that the polling results
Worship Service @10.30am here. will be announced as and when (they are
Interpretation into Bahasa Malaysia
SCG @ 9am & CW @10.30am
“We should also have the right political ready), whenever the situation is possible.
reading and I am confident the delegates will This is unlike the previous elections when
CHERAS be able to suggest to us on how to deal with the results were announced only at the final
2nd & 3rd Floor, Block C, Lot 18113, the Umno, which had had a rejuvenation stage,” he said.
off Jln Cerdas, Taman Connaught, 56000 KL
process (after the Umno election in March).” “This is the outcome from the past discus-
Worship Service @ 9am
Interpretation into Cantonese Hasan said the party might discuss the sions the leaders had and also the demand
SCG @ 10.45am & CW @ 9am performance of its elected representatives of the party members who wished to see an-
who have been given some responsibility in nouncements are being made through out the
the states governed by Pakatan Rakyat to see counting process.”
7th Floor, Wisma Central, Jln Ampang, 50450 KL
Worship Service @ 10.30am
whether they had performed up to the party’s Hasan disclosed that the elections for
Interpretation into Cantonese expectation. the uztaz, youth and women wings will be
SCG @ 9am & CW @ 10.30am He said the party might also discuss the conducted on June 4, a day before the central
SCG|School of Christian Growth (Bible Study classes) next general election because “Najib needs election.
CW|Carpenter’s Workshop (Children’s programme) to get a fresh mandate from the people on his He also said the muktamar will be attended
leadership, so we expect the general election by 1,000 delegates and about 6,000 observers
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Tel: 03-7728 6000 to come earlier than 2013. from all 137 divisions. “PAS may also touch on the strengthening On the nomination for him to contest the
the party’s inter and intra relationship with vice-presidency, Hasan, who had held the
Pakatan component parties like DAP and Parti post for two terms, said he has yet to decide
Keadilan Rakyat as well as its divisions. whether he will accept to nomination to
“I believe there are still room for im- contest, but it is fine for him if he is given the
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provement and we may get some inputs chance to make a comeback.