Bersatu internal polls: More new faces expected in top leadership, says party man

BERSATU can look forward to seeing more new faces in its top leadership after the party election slated for later this year, said Datuk Rosol Wahid.

In an FMT report, the party’s Supreme Council leader said the party has more MPs and assemblymen now than it did when it held its party polls in 2020, adding that the increase in the number of elected representatives provides delegates with more potential candidates to take up party leadership positions for the next three years.

“In (this election) there will be more options for party members,” the Terengganu Bersatu deputy chief told the news portal.

“God willing, there will be a new line-up given that now we have many MPs and assemblymen.”

Bersatu has a total of 31 MPs and 60 assemblymen.

Party polls are expected to proceed this year after a delay of 18 months.

However, Rosol, who is also the Hulu Terengganu MP, does not expect the election to be intense since incumbent president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is unlikely to be challenged.

At its annual general assembly in November, Muhyiddin, a former prime minister, announced that he would not defend his position, although he later backtracked on his decision.

On March 26, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu has confirmed that he will not challenge Muhyiddin as Bersatu’s president in the upcoming party elections.

The Bersatu deputy president has expressed full support for Muhyiddin, saying his focus is on fulfilling his duties as deputy president to the best of his abilities.

“It is crucial to ensure the stability and integrity of the party, staying true to our core principles,” he was reported as saying.

Meanwhile, deputy chief of the women’s wing Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said the majority of party leaders still believe that Muhyiddin should remain in the top post.

She said Muhyiddin’s leadership and experience are needed to strengthen Bersatu, which she said is still a “young” party.

The Masjid Tanah MP noted that no one has shown any interest in challenging Muhyiddin.

“For the president’s post, we (still) need Muhyiddin, but the other posts are up for grabs for anyone who feels he is qualified to help the Bersatu leadership and further strengthen the party,” she reportedly said. – April 2, 2024


Main pic credit: Berita Harian

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