GUA MUSANG: The high number of candidates contesting in the 2023 Umno elections is a healthy sign for the party’s future, says party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“The fact that many people are interested in vying for party positions this time shows that democracy is growing healthily in Umno,” he said.
The keen contests also showed that the candidates believed that Umno has a bright future – in contrast to 2018 “when members seemed to lack interest”.
He said some members had not wanted to defend their party positions then, after Umno and Barisan Nasional had lost a general election for the first time.
Zahid also said the Registrar of Societies was expected to give a reply by the end of next week on the no-contest motion for the top two Umno posts, which was approved at the 2022 Umno general assembly.
The registrar had given Umno 60 days from Jan 20 to furnish the necessary information following complaints filed by two party members regarding a motion to bar contests for the posts of president and deputy president.