Umno's annual general assembly to go ahead in December even if election is called, says party official

Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives for the Umno general assembly in November 2016.
Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives for the Umno general assembly in November 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/Asia News Network) - With or without the general election, preparations will go ahead for Umno's annual general assembly scheduled from Dec 5 to Dec 9, party executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh said.

"It will still go on. This is part of the party constitution and we cannot put it on hold or else there will be problem with the Registrar of Society (RoS)," the Umno executive secretary told a press conference on Tuesday (Oct 3) after a coordination meeting with the media for the general assembly.

The party meeting will start on Dec 5 with the president's briefing while the opening of the assemblies for the three wings will be held in the evening.

The three wings will then hold their assemblies the next day while the assembly proper will be held from Dec 7 to Dec 9.

Datuk Seri Ab Rauf said various improvements had been put in place for party members and media when they gather for the general assembly.

Asked about the proposed motions that will be debated, Ab Rauf said that it was too early to be revealed.

"We are still gathering the motions from the divisions all across the country and it will be further screened," he said.

Ab Rauf noted the security will be tight as usual with metal detectors to be installed at all the major entry points of Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

"We have asked help from the police to carry out screening checks. We also have the metal detectors to ensure that dangerous items will not be allowed into PWTC.

"We are also looking to put it at the entrance of the halls so security will be controlled," he said.

Another improvement is the introduction of the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) system, so that organisers can easily track those who are allowed to attend the general assembly, he said.