Najib mulls adding number of Umno Supreme Council members


PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said there may be additional supreme council members to complement the 25 who were selected during the party polls yesterday to reflect the current needs of the people.

He said as party president, he had the prerogative to appoint more council members in line with the party’s constitution and the option would be taken up if it strengthened the current line-up.
The decision, he said, would be made after he discussed the matter with deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
However, Najib said he believed those who succeeded in getting selected for the vice presidency and supreme council posts would assist him in carrying out the party’s responsibilities as a strong team that was chosen by the voices of the majority.
“This is why we (party members) should accept the leaders as the choice of the grassroots and we must also show that we are capable of delivering on the trust that has been placed on us as leaders,” he told a press conference before attending the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Golf Tournament at the Palm Garden golf club near here earlier this afternoon.
He added that the election yesterday served as a reminder that Umno was a party for the people.
“We are also pledging to further pursue our main agenda, not only to strengthen the party as a political organisation that struggles for its own objectives but as a party that pushed for the national agenda of making Malaysia an advanced nation,” he said.
On Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir’s marginal loss in being selected for a vice presidency post, Najib said the contender was a force to be reckoned with as he had garnered a high number of votes despite being a newcomer who entered the race late.  

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who are also Umno president and deputy president respectively at a press conference on the recently concluded Umno elections 2013 at Putrajaya today. -- Pix by Aizuddin Saad

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