Malaysia GE: PM Najib fails to appear at Umno headquarters for press conference on election results

Reporters waiting outside Umno headquarters after Polling Day, in the early hours of May 10, 2018.
Reporters waiting outside Umno headquarters after Polling Day, in the early hours of May 10, 2018.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - With almost an hour to midnight on Wednesday (May 9), Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak did not appear as eager media personnel camped out in Umno headquarters at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

Everyone was waiting for the arrival of Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman.

 

He was expected to hold a press conference to address the election results

A BN official later told assembled reporters, including those from The Straits Times, that the press conference would be held by 11am on Thursday. 

It was earlier learnt that Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had already arrived at PWTC.

Without addressing reporters, Hishammuddin went straight to the party's office at Menara Dato Onn.

Supporters were seen milling about at the Riverside cafe inside PWTC as well as outside PWTC's entrance.

The anticipation by media staff was so strong that almost all official-looking vehicles prompted a mini rush around them, with the hope that a VIP would be inside.

 

Earlier, at around 9.30pm, Wanita Umno chief, Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, was seen leaving PWTC without speaking to reporters.

Almost all local and international media personnel were seen lingering around the press conference room as well as around PWTC.