Umno Youth meets Najib amid rumours of infighting

By G. Manimaran and Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider

The Umno Youth executive committee will meet Datuk Seri Najib Razak this evening amid rumours of attempts by certain leaders from the wing to unseat its chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

An Umno Youth committee member confirmed the scheduled meeting but described it as a “courtesy visit” and has nothing to do with the heated exco meeting that took place late last month.

During that meeting, Umno Youth exco Hishamuddin Yahya was said to have told Khairy to quit for being ineffective.

Hishamuddin had also called for fresh election to choose a more effective line-up of Youth leaders.

“The meeting was a place for us to address our differences, there is some truth to what was leaked but it is still not too serious, let us meet the PM first,” an Umno Youth exco member said on condition of anonymity.

Another Umno Youth insider said the visit to the party president had been planned since the last party election and it was only a coincidence that the date was confirmed after the heated meeting.

The Malaysian Insider understands some Umno Youth exco members were also unhappy with the stand taken by Khairy on the “Allah” row and the attacks on the places of worship.

“He should have called for an emergency exco meeting for us to deliberate on a common stand and not act all by himself,” said another Umno Youth exco member.