PETALING JAYA: Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan says that the motion for the top two posts not to be contested at the upcoming party polls is valid, adding that legal advice was obtained on the matter.
In a statement, Ahmad said he had sought legal advice from the party’s lawyers after the motion was proposed by a delegate from Negeri Sembilan and supported by a delegate from Terengganu at the Umno general assembly on Friday.
“They (the lawyers) said that the proposal follows Article 20 of the party’s general assembly rules,” he said.
The motion which was tabled yesterday was passed with a vast majority of the delegates standing up in support when the vote was called.
The motion ensures party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his deputy Mohamad Hassan, will not be challenged at the Umno elections, which must be held by May 19.
Zahid was earlier reported to have said that the motion was adopted by the general assembly according to the party constitution.
Meanwhile, Ahmad also denied claims that “imported” delegates were present to help “bulldoze” the no-contest motion for the benefit of Zahid and Mohamad. He was referring to a video shared by former Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin on Instagram yesterday.
“Regarding the viral video, Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki has confirmed that the men referred to were the Sabil squad officers who were tasked with maintaining peace and order inside and outside the assembly hall,” he said.
“The location in the video shows Bilik Terengganu, which is the room assigned to the squad’s secretariat.”
Yesterday, Khairy shared an Instagram story of a room in the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur where several men were seen discussing directions to get to a certain area in the building.
The caption for the video stated, “The ‘imported’ delegates being briefed before entering Dewan Merdeka to support the no-contest motion”.