PETALING JAYA: The Umno Overseas Club will undergo a rationalisation exercise to reduce its operational cost to ensure more efficient management.
Its chairman Wan Agyl Wan Hassan said the exercise, which could also see the merging of clubs, was to also ensure these outfits remain active.
“It’s still business as usual for these clubs although their roles played is somewhat limited as Umno is now part of the opposition,” Wan Agyl told FMT,
However, he said the club will retain its core function, which focuses on the social wellbeing of Malaysians residing outside the country.
Wan Agyl said the Umno Overseas Club has ties with international bodies to ensure its survival.
“Not in terms of supporting the club financially but allowing us to carry out sporting and humanitarian programmes around the globe,” he said.
The club was established in New York in 1956 with the aim of uniting the Malay community and students living in the United States.
As of 2016, it had 80 chapters and 12,000 members spread across 18 countries.
Wan Agyl said some of its members had joined clubs like Kelab Bunga Raya, which was established after Pakatan Harapan won the last general election.
“There’s nothing unusual about it though,” he said, adding that the most recent programme it organised was a discussion on politics, welfare and sports in Indonesia.