KUALA LUMPUR: Peramu Jaya assemblyman, Datuk Nizar Mohd. Najib who is also the eldest son of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been elected as the new Pekan Umno division vice-chief after defeating Asmayudin Uyub the previous Pekan Umno youth information chief.
Nizar who is also the Pahang Investment, Industries, Science, Technology and Innovation committee chairman has defeated his contestant during the party polls held at Umno building in Pekan, Pahang yesterday.
The former Pekan Umno youth chief, Nizar garnered 769 votes while Asmayudin obtained 89 votes.
Meanwhile earlier, Nizar’s brother Datuk Mohd. Nazifuddin Najib emerged as the youngest Umno division chief in Langkawi.
Nazifuddin who shifted from Sepang Umno division to Langkawi prior to the polls won the contest by a 12 vote majority defeating the division deputy chief Nor Saidi Nanyan.
“I hope there will be no rift after the polls as we are moving forward as a big family to face the state election under the spirit of unity government,” he said in a statement today.
In another development, the Pekan Umno division deputy chief Datuk Seri Zamri Ramly lost to state executive council member Datuk Mohammad Fakhruddin Mohd. Arif.
Fakhruddin obtained 449 votes while Zamri garnered 335. Zamri has been the caretaker of the division after Najib who held the post since 1982 was ordered to serve jail sentence since August 2022.
The Pekan Umno division saw its first change of leadership in 41 years after Fakhruddin won the top post yesterday. Fakhruddin lost the contest for deputy chief post in 2018 Umno polls and yesterday successfully defeated Zamri by 114 votes, as quoted by NST.
Fakhruddin a three term Bebar assemblyman hoped that those who lost would not be upset as the priority was to remain together as a team and rebuild Umno.
“We have to avoid disagreements that will weaken the relationship between us and our party.
“I call on everyone especially those who took part in the election and all Umno members to help rebuild Umno.
“I am greatful to be given the mandate to lead the division and will execute my duties diligently,” he said on his Facebook post. – Malaysia World News