UMNO DIVISIONAL MEETINGS: Muhammad going for No. 2

By : Mazlinda Mahmood and Jason Gerald John

SHAH ALAM: Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib is joining the race for the deputy president’s post.

Surrounded by supporters, Muhammad made his announcement at the Umno Selangor headquarters here yesterday.

Earlier in July, Muhammad offered himself for one of the vice-president posts.

“I don’t want to sit for SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) for the fifth time. Let me sit for STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia),” he joked, when asked about his decision.

The rural and regional development minister said his offer was based on his loyalty and service record to the party, government and people.

“Loyalty to Umno and the number one leader is very impor tant.

“I have served loyally and was involved in by-elections nationwide even when I was without a government post,” he said.

Muhammad, who is the first candidate from Selangor seeking nomination to the post, said he was confident of getting enough nominations to stand as the number two.

In Malacca all six Umno divisions in Malacca have decided to n o m i n at e Datuk Seri Najib Razak for party president and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam for deputy president.

Ali, who is state Umno chief, said the Masjid Tanah, Alor Gajah, Tangga Batu, Bukit Katil, Kota Melaka and Jasin divisions would meet from Oct 12 to 25.

“I hope that all Umno divisions in the country would also follow the six Umno divisions in the state to nominate Najib for the post of party president.” Ali said if elected deputy president, he was confident of helping the president to performhis duties smoothly in all matters, including regaining the support of the people for Umno and Barisan Nasional.

“I would also be fighting for the rights of the Malays without sidelining the rights of other races.” Ali also announced that the six Umno divisions in the state would nominate Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Idris Haron for a seat on the Umno supreme council.

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