PETALING JAYA: Umno’s post-mortem on its dismal performance in the Aug 12 state elections may have to wait until after the Sept 9 by-elections for the Pulai parliamentary and Simpang Jeram state seats.
“Not yet, now we’re focusing on the by-elections,” Umno Supreme Council member Johan Abdul Aziz said when contacted by FMT.
Johan also dismissed calls for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to be held over Umno’s performance on Aug 12, saying party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be meeting all 191 divisions across the nation to “explain” the matter.
“The president has already said he will pay a visit to the divisions,” said the Dusun Tua assemblyman.
In the six state elections, Umno managed to win just 19 of the 108 seats it contested, of which 14 were in Negeri Sembilan, two each in Penang and Selangor, and one in Kelantan.
The Barisan Nasional component failed to win a single seat in Kedah and Terengganu.
This was a continuation of its poor performance in the 15th general election, where it only won 26 parliamentary seats.
Following the outcome of the state polls, Umno Supreme Council member Isham Jalil called for an EGM to be held urgently to discuss the party’s direction “at this critical juncture”.