Tuesday, October 21, 2008

UMNO discusses ways to improve image

Malaysia's UMNO party is working on ways to rejuvenate itself.

A special supreme council meeting brainstormed ways to improve its image late Monday.

It also touched on measures to rework its internal mechanisms.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim said, “The overall need for UMNO to revamp some of its strategies and policies vis-à-vis the environment of multi-party and multi-interests were discussed. Corruption in the party too was discussed at length.”

Observers had expected a heated debate on suggestions to bring forward UMNO elections, slated for March.

This could hasten the takeover of the party and eventually, premiership, by Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak.

However, ministers say this was not covered.