KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who secured 134 nominations as at 7 pm Sunday to win the Umno presidency unopposed, has expressed his resolve to shoulder the trust placed in him by the Umno grassroots.
The Umno deputy president and deputy prime minister said he believed the nominations reflected the desire for and confidence of the grassroots in the transition plan he had agreed to with Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
“I resolve to shoulder this trust and responsibility to the best of my ability to tackle all the challenges faced by Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN).
“I am thankful for and touched by the trust which has been translated into nominations by the 134 divisions which have held their meetings so far, signalling my victory unopposed as the president of Umno,” he said in his 1Malaysia.com.my website.
Najib said he hoped that the ongoing election process would proceed in a clean and orderly manner. “Let’s work together to carry forward the noble struggle for the sake of religion, the people and nation,” he said.
Najib garnered 22 nominations today to take his tally to 134.
With Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah having secured one nomination, from his own Gua Musang Umno division, there remain only 56 nominations and no one else can garner the required 58 nominations to qualify to contest the presidency.
Umno has 191 divisions.
Source : Bernama