Zahid lauds Umno’s ‘mother of all democracy’

Zahid in a poster with candidates from the party’s Youth, Puteri and Wanita wings.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno acting president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has described the just concluded party elections as “mother of all democracy” [sic], even as the party was forced to postpone a much awaited press conference to officially announce the new heads of its Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings.

“This shows that Umno is now more open, democratic and inclusive, allowing 165,000 delegates to make their choice.

“This is the renewal of Umno. This is the first step towards renewal so that the party stays relevant in the nation’s politics,” said Zahid.

On Facebook, he shared a graphic of him with former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and Zahida Zarik Khan, both of who are likely to win the race for the top posts of the Youth and Puteri wings respectively, as well as Noraini Ahmad, who is still in a neck-and-neck race with Azizah Mohd Dun for the Wanita top post.

The official results which were supposed to be announced at 5pm today had to be postponed, as some 25 divisions had yet to conclude their delegates’ meetings.

Meanwhile, the party has announced 20 members for the Youth’s new exco line-up. It includes controversial Umno blogger Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, also known as Papagomo, who settled some RM950,000 in damages to Anwar Ibrahim last year over postings implying the PKR leader was a homosexual.

The full list of the Youth exco line-up is as follows:

  1. Hasmuni Hassan
  2. Azril Rizal Yusof Mohd Sarit
  3. Lassim Burhan
  4. Muhammad Faiz Hashim
  5. Ikmal Hazlan Ikmal Hashim
  6. Afriz Mohd Noor
  7. Rizan Aziz
  8. Mohamad Amin Othman
  9. Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin
  10. Mustafa Shah Abdul Hamid
  11. Najmil Faiz Mohamed Aris
  12. Rais Yasin
  13. Mohd Adha Zainal Aznam
  14. Syed Atif Syed Abu Bakar
  15. Mohamad Faizal Sufar
  16. Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris
  17. Mohamad Fazly Zainudin
  18. Syed Mohd Johan Rizal Syed Unan Mashri
  19. Andi Muhammad Suryady Bandy
  20. Fikhran Hamshi Mohamad Fatmi