Monday, June 2, 2008

M'sia's Umno to hold special meeting

M'sia's Umno to hold special meeting
2 June, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA'S main political party, its future in doubt after a recent election setback, will meet this week to look for ways to revitalise its appeal, a newspaper reported.

The meeting comes as Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi faces a challenge to his leadership and grapples with threats of defections to the opposition.

Leaders from the top decision-making body of the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) will hold a two-day retreat from Thursday, The Star newspaper reported on Monday quoting Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

'All supreme council members have been notified to attend,' he was quoted as saying.

Umno is the dominant party in the ruling coalition that has led Malaysia since independence from British rule in 1957.

Mr Abdullah has been under pressure to quit after the ruling coalition recorded its worst-ever performance during its 50-year rule in a March election.

The government lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority and surrendered control of five of the country's 13 states to the opposition in the poll. -- REUTERS

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