KUALA LUMPUR – A viral photo of the meeting between the Presidents of Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO), Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran (MIC) and Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong (MCA) was said to be discussing about the changes of positions in the party.
A source told MalaysiaGazette that the three leaders of the component parties had a discussion last night and unanimously agreed with the appointment of Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as the Secretary-General of BN. Hishamuddin was the Vice-President of UMNO.
With the critical political situation in the country, the responsibility entrusted to Hishammuddin would require him to make BN a stronger and more effective opposition.
According to the source, they believe that Hishammuddin is able to shoulder the responsibility. Furthermore, he has the experience and expertise in the political arena for decades.
After the defeat of BN during the 14th General Election, Hishammuddin, the Member of Parliament of Sembrong announced that he would not contest for any post in UMNO central committee during the previous party election.
MalaysiaGazette then contacted both the Presidents of MIC and MCA. However, we could only get the response from Vigneswaran at the moment.
Vigneswaran refused to provide details on the discussion last night and said that the power for the revamp lies in the hands of Zahid, as the Chairman of BN.
Nevertheless, Vigneswaran, who is also the Speaker of Dewan Negara said that both Ka Siong and him, as the Presidents of their parties welcomed the news.
“The Chairman of BN will speak about this and the appointment will take place in accordance to the existing party constitution.
“Let Zahid decide on the revamp and the suitable appointments. We always welcome the decision,” he said briefly.
The position of the Secretary-General of BN is held by Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz since October last year. However, it was not officially recognised according to its party constitution.
Therefore, the MP of Putrajaya, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is still carrying that title since 2009. -MalaysiaGazette