Zahid summons Umno leaders for special briefing

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called on party leaders to attend a special briefing on Saturday.

(FMT) – Party secretary-general Ahmad Maslan tweeted that official invites would be issued to divisional leaders to attend the briefing, which is scheduled to take place at Dewan Merdeka at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur at 2pm.

Without going into detail on the purpose of the briefing, he said it would be about “current issues”.

The leaders have been told to don their red Umno attire for the briefing.

On Aug 22, FMT reported that an emergency meeting of all Umno division leaders was held at Menara Dato Onn to discuss candidate selection for the coming general election (GE15).

An Umno source told FMT the meeting was called as some leaders were unhappy over not being nominated for GE15, which was giving Zahid a “headache”.

According to party leader Jamal Yunos, some 158 Umno division leaders had called for GE15 to be held immediately.

The Sungai Besar Umno chief said the demand would be relayed to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob by Zahid at the next Supreme Council meeting.

Umno has 191 divisions nationwide.

The general election has to be held by September next year, but some Umno leaders have pressed for it to be called this year, following convincing victories for Barisan Nasional in recent state elections.