Mukhriz not going for UMNO Youth top post yet

UMNO Youth Exco in charge of international affairs and NGO, Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir denied a The Star report that he made a statement at this point of time that he might be contesting for the top post in UMNO Youth, in the next party elections. Instead, he thought it was important for him now to help UMNO Youth Head Dato’ Hishamuddin Hussein to beef up party machineries in anticipation of the upcoming general elections expected anytime soon. He said this after officiating the Sg. Siput UMNO Youth meeting on Sunday.

He also said this to the press after meeting the family of Kept. Intan Nor Asykeen Mohd. Arof, TUDM, the co-pilot of the missing S 61 RMAF utilities helicopter four days ago at TUDM Sg. Besi yesterday afternoon. Kept. Intan was a former MRSM Balik Pulau student and Mukhriz is the President of MRSM Alumni Association, ANSARA. Other ANSARA Excos accompanied him during the call on Kept. Intan’s family.

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Mukhriz, a former MRSM Kota Bahru, retained his President seat in a 93 – 51 with a comfortable 42 vote majority defeated challenger Dr. Shamsul Anuar Sulaiman, a former MRSM Kuantan, at ANSARA AGM’s on Saturday. This is Dr. Shamsul’s first attempt to be seated for any position at the ANSARA Exco level.

This is also the first time Mukhriz was challenged and some dubbed this as an effort to run him down from his primary powerbase, a precursor to the next UMNO party elections. However, Mukhriz vehemently denied the ANSARA elections was a proxy fight between him and UMNO Youth Vice Head, Khairy Jamaluddin.

Media including TV3 and NTV7 waited around till the end of the ANSARA AGM in anticipation to make a news of Mukhriz’s defeat however were disappointed. No stories appeared anywhere when Mukhriz managed to retain his seat. This was the first time TV news cameras appeared in an ANSARA AGM.

Ironically, Dr. Shamsul was the immediate UMNO Youth Exco in charge of international affairs predecessor to Mukhriz. Hopes are placed that the challenge should not affect the brotherhood fostered within the alumni.

 

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 07:45  Comments (11)