KUALA LUMPUR: Reformist Shahril Hamdan is leading eight others to become the new Umno Youth vice-chief, in elections for key posts in the Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings.
As of midnight, Shahril, who has been outspoken in the wake of his party’s losses in the recent elections, got 96 votes, with his closest rival Bastien Onn trailing with 18 votes.
Shahril heads Kuala Langat Umno Youth and is also the head of information for the national Umno Youth wing. Both he and Bastien are part of the wing’s Youth Professionals’ Bureau.
The other candidates are Zahrudin Yahya, Sharique Adam Das, Razali Tushan, Halim Sidek Hassan, Ridzuan Hashim Baki, Safhwan Matusin and Fariz Hadi.
Meanwhile, for the Umno Youth chief contest, former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki is leading the race as at midnight, followed closely by Pahang Umno Youth chief Mohd Shahar Abdullah and former Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun.
Speaking to FMT recently, Shahril, 32, warned that Umno members had yet to come to terms with the fact that the party was rejected by Malaysians.
But he has also said that the defeat was not solely due to problems associated with its former president Najib Razak.
Shahril has among others called for Umno to abandon the culture of cheering their leaders at party programmes.
He said “nearly 80%” of Umno programmes were “a waste of time and money” and just “feel good” events.