KUALA LUMPUR • Umno will hold its general assembly, the most closely watched annual political event in Malaysia, between Dec 5 and 9, a top official has said, even if the general election is called.
"It (the assembly) will still go on. This is part of the party Constitution and we cannot put it on hold or else there will be a problem with the Registrar of Society," Umno's executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh told a news conference on Tuesday, after a coordination meeting with the media for the general assembly.
His comments could indicate that polls are unlikely to be called next month, as the party's top leaders would be busy preparing for the annual meeting.
More than 5,000 party leaders from all over Malaysia congregate in Kuala Lumpur for the annual meeting of the country's biggest political party with some 3.2 million members. The assembly is held at Putra World Trade Centre where Umno has its headquarters.
The nationwide polls, due by next August, are expected to be called in the next six months, with speculation that they may be held as early as this month.
Prime Minister Najib Razak, as Finance Minister, will present the 2018 Budget on Oct 27.
Another popular date for the general election picked by pundits is in March next year.
The assembly will start on Dec 5 with a briefing to top leaders by Datuk Seri Najib, Umno's president. This will be followed by the meeting of the party's three wings - Women, Youth and Puteri (Young Women) in the evening.
The three wings will hold their own meetings the next day, followed by the main assembly between Dec 7 and 9.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK