'Bersatu not lacking future leaders if Muhyiddin resigns'

SHAH ALAM: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) is not lacking any future leaders should its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin step down.

Party deputy president Datuk Seri Faizal Azumu said apart from secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, the party also has other leaders including both its vice-presidents Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin and Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.

Faizal said this in response to a statement by Muhyiddin, who reportedly said that Hamzah could be one of the top contenders for party president should the former decide not to contest in the party's upcoming elections.

"I believe that Hamzah is not only a future leader, but he is also a leader now where he plays a crucial role as both Perikatan Nasional and Bersatu secretary-general.

"The key here is that all leaders (in Bersatu) must work together and remain loyal to the president.

"What was mentioned by the president (on Hamzah being president) is true, but we also have other leaders like Radzi, Kiandee and leaders from the Youth and Women wings who may take on the leadership roles in the future," he said when met by reporters after the launch of Bersatu wings annual general assembly (AGM), here today.

Present during the launch were Radzi, Kiandee, Hamzah, Armada chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal, Srikandi chief Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun, and her deputy Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, among others.

Meanwhile, when asked whether Bersatu would amend its constitution to pave the way for a party election this year, Faizal said the election will only be carried out next year.

"We have decided to postpone the election following the provisions allowed in the constitution. Hence, it can only be done next year."

Bersatu's annual general assembly (AGM) is scheduled from Thursday, Nov 23 until Nov 25 in Shah Alam.

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