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Quota System Stays for Now, Says Najib

ALOR STAR, Oct 10 (Bernama) — The quota system in Umno elections will stay for now, deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Friday.

He added that he was not sure whether it would be scrapped in the future.

According to Article 9.5 of the Umno constitution, a candidate for the post of president needs to secure at least 30 percent of the nominations, deputy president 20 percent, vice president 10 percent and ordinary supreme council member five percent.

“So far, we are still using the quota system,” said Najib who is Deputy Prime Minister to reporters after meeting federal department heads and community leaders today. The function was hosted by Kedah Umno.

Najib yesterday announced his candidacy for the post of Umno president in the party polls in March after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi decided not to contest.

Meanwhile on the many candidates offering themselves to contest the post of deputy president, Najib said it was normal in a democratic system.

Umno vice presidents Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib are among those who have offered themselves to contest the party’s number two post.

Najib said it was up to the Umno divisions to make the nominations and he was sure that not all of those who were offering themselves would get through the quota.

The situation would change when the nomination period ended, he said.

On the suggestion by Supreme Council member Datuk Shahrir Samad for those above 55 not to contest for high party posts in the polls, he said the domestic trade and consumer affairs minister was probably referring to power transition to the new generation.

He said age was not really a factor but like it had been stated by Abdullah, he was the last of the late Tun Razak generation to hold the posts of president and prime minister.

On the plan by Arau Umno Youth committee member Ismail Hashim to contest the post of party president, Najib asked: “Will there nominations for him?”

“One should not get too excited to offer onself because we still have the quota system,” he said.

Perlis Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim was said to have told Ismail, 43, known as “Mail Bangsawan” to take back his wish to contest the presidency.

Source : Bernama

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