Najib Plays Safe On Umno Transition Plan And Zaid Ibrahim Resignation
Najib nonetheless indicated that he would publicly address the matter within the next couple of days.
Najib, who is also the Deputy prime minister, declined to field politics-related questions at a packed press conference here yesterday after witnessing the high-speed broadband signing ceremony between Telekom Malaysia and the government.
“All political questions will be answered after the cabinet meeting tomorrow and the supreme council meeting the day after (Thursday),” he said to reporters. Najib did not say why his views on the matter could only be revealed after the two all important meetings.
It was reported that Abdullah and Najib held a four-hour meeting on Monday to discuss the party’s future and the transition plan. It was the second such meeting in three days between the duo, with the first reportedly occurring last Saturday.
The prime minister later on Monday night said in Kuala Terengganu that no new decision on the power transition had been made, and that the 2010 plan remained.
Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last week openly called for an earlier transition, and that the 2010 schedule was not palatable.
Najib, in response to Muhyiddin’s statement, had said that the transition of power should be decided by delegates at the party’s division meetings that would start after the Hari Raya.
In July, amidst pressure from certain quarters in Umno that he should resign immediately to take responsibility of Barisan Nasional’s setback in the March 8 general election, Abdullah announced that he had reached the agreement with Najib for the latter to succeed him in 2010 in a smooth leadership transition.
Najib also declined to respond to questions on the resignation of de facto law minister Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim from the cabinet, saying: “(It has) nothing to do with highspeed broadband. It was not a highspeed resignation”.
When asked on Oppostion Leader Datuk Seri Anwar’s statement at a rally on Monday that he had the required number of Barisan Nasional MPs to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat to form the government, Najib said Anwar could say all kinds of things.
“He can say all he wants,” he said. Earlier at the start of the press conference, Najib said the government was confident that it would remain in office.
“That’s why I chose Sept 16 (for the launch of the highspeed broadband). This is the project to herald the new future for the country. This signing will indicate how progressive our government is,” he said. (The Edge)