TASHKENT (Uzbekistan), 18 Nov 2008: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Umno president, will meet Wanita Umno leaders upon returning home from his official visit to central Asia to help solve the movement’s problem.
He said that initially he had hoped that the Umno women’s wing could solve its own problem regarding its leadership transition, scheduled for June 2009, and elections in March 2009.
However, since the problem had dragged on for some time with no sign of a solution, he would try to help them, he said, adding that he did not want to take sides.
He hoped that the movement’s elections would not lead to disunity, which could weaken it, the Umno president told reporters here.
Abdullah is on the third day of his four-day official visit to Uzbekistan. His next stop is Turkmenistan before heading for home on 20 Nov.
The Wanita Umno polemic arose when some leaders wanted to maintain the June transition plan while others wanted it to be brought forward to March, in line with the wing’s elections. — Bernama