An Umno Youth exco member asked BN component parties to support its former chairperson Najib Abdul Razak for his re-election to the post.

In response to a news portal’s report that presidents of Umno, MCA and MIC had agreed to appoint Hishammuddin Hussein as BN secretary-general, Shahrul Nasrun Kamarudin played with the idea of reinstating Najib in a statement to the press.

According to the youth leader, Najib is more fit to return to lead the coalition, citing that he had been doing a good job in mounting a ‘rebellion’ against the Pakatan Harapan government.

“I am not questioning the loyalty of Hishammuddin to Umno as long as he has not left the party. However, after GE14 and when Umno was facing its defeat, Hishammuddin had chosen to go on leave.

“There is no doubt about Hishammuddin’s experience, but during this period when BN has become the opposition, we need a ‘rebellion’ icon to regain the people’s support, especially the youth.

“Whether one likes it or not, Najib Razak has been creating the rebellion momentum for the youth through his ‘Bossku’ program, when other Umno leaders distanced themselves from him.

“Najib had moved using the full advantage of the social media to speak about failures of PH government policies, where the youth are seeing him as a fighter who had gotten up again to fight all the allegations thrown against him all these while,” he said in the statement. According to an exclusive report last week, the presidents of the BN component parties had held a meeting where they discussed changes of positions within the coalition.

The leaders – Zahid Hamidi (Umno), Wee Ka Siong (MCA) and SA Vigneswaran (MIC) – had unanimously agreed for Hishammuddin to become BN secretary-general, the sources said. Hishammuddin was Umno vice-president during the May 9 election last year. However, he decided not to contest in the Umno party election held later that year.

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