Saturday, August 8, 2009

Najib: Party elections to be free of money politics

PEKAN, Aug 8 — Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Umno needs an election system which is capable of shutting out elements of money politics or other unhealthy tactics which can undermine the party’s credibility.

The Umno General Assembly in October was therefore crucial to ensure the party would become a more democratic and clean organisation and a party which empowers its members to elect their leaders, he said.

The prime minister said the general assembly, scheduled for October 13-16, would decide whether only 60,000 members at the divisional level, as opposed to 2,500 delegates previously, or all the three million members, would be given the rights to elect party leaders.

Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants party leaders and members to listen to the people, serve them well and help them solve problems in the efforts to restore the party's strength.

The prime minister said this was important to ensure that Umno was able to defend its position as the backbone of the ruling coalition and supported by the people.

"Firstly, we should adopt the culture of listening... we should always listen to the voice of the people.

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