Asyraf Wajdi joins race to be Umno Youth chief

Asyraf Wajdi, former deputy minister for Islamic affairs, will vie to be Umno Youth leader. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Umno Supreme Council member Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, an Islamic finance expert, is to vie to be Umno Youth leader, after Umno Youth deputy leader Khairul Azwan Harun put himself in the contest.

Asyraf announced his candidacy today, to fill the position being vacated by Khairy Jamaluddin, who will contest one of the three vice-presidents’ posts.

Umno’s party elections are to be held this year. The nomination process began yesterday, with all positions open to contest. Nominations will close on June 17.

In a statement today, Asyraf called for the renewal of Umno, which suffered major losses in the general election, and said changes must begin with younger leaders taking up the challenge.

Asyraf, a former lecturer at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, had been a deputy minister in the previous government, in charge of Islamic affairs.

Last week, in a press interview, he said Umno’s defeat in the general election, could be a blessing in disguise, and called for self-reflection and for party leaders to avoid finger-pointing.

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