‘Ordinary member’ Najib gets warm welcome at Umno assembly

Najib Razak arrives at the PWTC where Umno is holding its first general assembly after the May polls.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Umno president Najib Razak was today given a warm welcome as he arrived at the Putra World Trade Centre for the Umno general assembly, more than four months after he resigned from the top post following the party’s defeat in the May 9 polls.

Najib, now an ordinary party member, was greeted by shouts of “Hidup Najib”. He was there to hear the opening speech by his successor Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

It is Umno’s first general assembly since the May general election.

Najib resigned as the Umno president three days after Barisan Nasional’s shock defeat in the polls.

He has since been slapped with dozens of charges related to abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.

“I expect to see that we have recovered from the loss,” Najib told reporters today.

“I expect a sense of determination to move forward and to make Umno what it used to be.”