Umno acting deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s proposal to formalise his position under the party constitution should not be misconstrued as a self-serving gesture, said party secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
He said Zahid’s suggestion has merit, but more importantly, the proposal would be vetted by the party first as with any proposed constitutional amendment or any important party business.
“This means it would be put through the party’s internal processes as usual, whenever any amendment to any important matter in the Umno constitution is proposed.
“Thus the deputy prime minister's statement should not be made the subject of polemics by anyone, because it is clear (what he meant),” he said in a statement today.
Tengku Adnan highlighted that during Zahid’s speech yesterday, he had pointed to the difficulties faced by then Umno vice-presidents Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Najib Abdul Razak, and now Zahid (photo) himself had to perform the role of acting deputy president, although there is no provision under the Umno constitution that would empower them to do so.
“It is because of this situation, I believe, that the deputy prime minister is trying to put forward a long-term solution, and not for his own interests but for the party,” he added.
Meanwhile at the Parliament lobby, Umno supreme council member Shahidan Kassim voiced his support for an emergency motion in the upcoming Umno general assembly to hold a special assembly to debate Zahid’s proposed constitutional amendment.
“I support and believe it is appropriate to hold a special sitting during the upcoming general assembly, so that the constitution can be amended to create the post of acting deputy president.
“This can be done by filing a certain notice at the Umno general assembly. It can be done, no problem. You can give notice to hold an emergency meeting. Anyone can bring an emergency motion,” he told reporters.- Mkini