KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 (Bernama) — Preparing the resolutions for debate at the Umno General Assembly next week had been done in an inclusive manner, said party vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said the resolutions were carefully studied at various levels including at the roundtable meeting and the meetings of various committees.
Hishammuddin, who chairs the Resolutions Committee of the Umno General Assembly, said the inclusiveness was in line with Umno being more open now by taking into consideration the views of party grassroots.
Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister, was speaking to reporters after receiving a courtesy visit from the Pacific’s commanding general of the United States Marine Corps Forces, Lt Gen. John A. Toolan, at his office in Wisma Pertahanan, here, Monday.
The Umno General Assembly 2014 will be held at the Putra World Trade Centre, here, from Nov 25 to 29.
The Umno headquarters has reportedly received 755 resolutions from the 191 Umno divisions with 638 of them for reference and 117 approved without debate.
Hishammuddin said the inclusiveness in Umno now was a good sign of the transformation taking place in the party.
“Hence, in conjunction with this year’s general assembly, I welcome efforts to empower our voices at the grassroots level through the resolutions made and which we have received from the divisions.”
As the Resolutions Committee chairman, Hishammuddin said his task was to gather the views of the party grassroots and other interested parties for the resolutions to be debated at the upcoming general assembly.
Hishammuddin assured that the general assembly this time would be more democratic and more receptive to criticism.
“But we hope that whatever issues raised at the general assembly would not be driven by emotions, and racial and religious sentiments which could cause uneasiness to the public,” he said.
On ensuring that the resolutions debated on would be passed and follow-up action taken, Hishammuddin said a special team led by Umno supreme council member Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin and assisted by Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had been formed for that purpose.
He said the developments on the action taken would be informed to the supreme council at least and to be relayed to the divisions.