Tengku Zafrul Resigns as UMNO Selangor Treasurer, Assigned New Role by Party President

Tengku Zafrul resigns as UMNO Selangor Treasurer, given new role by party president Zahid to strategize political activities beyond traditional structure, signaling potential shifts in Malaysia's political landscape.

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Tengku Zafrul Resigns as UMNO Selangor Treasurer, Assigned New Role by Party President

Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz has resigned from his position as the UMNO Selangor Treasurer effective April 1, 2024. The resignation comes amidst Tengku Zafrul citing poor governance, lack of ideas, and absence of drive from the state chapter as reasons for his decision. Despite stepping down from the treasurer role, Tengku Zafrul remains a member of UMNO's supreme council.

Following the resignation, UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has tasked Tengku Zafrul with a new responsibility outside the UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) framework. Zahid stated that he will personally monitor Tengku Zafrul's performance in this 'special task,' which involves strategizing political activities beyond the party's traditional structure. Zahid expressed his belief that Tengku Zafrul can carry out the assigned responsibilities effectively, given his position as an UMNO Supreme Council member.

In response to the situation, Zahid met with both Tengku Zafrul and Selangor UMNO chief Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin to gather their perspectives and has taken steps to address the concerns raised. The specific details of Tengku Zafrul's new role have not been disclosed at this time.

Why this matters: The resignation of a high-ranking UMNO official and the subsequent assignment of a new role outside the party's traditional framework highlights the internal dynamics and potential shifts within Malaysia's political landscape. The move may signal a strategic realignment of political activities and alliances as the country navigates its post-pandemic recovery and prepares for future electoral challenges.

UMNO Unity: Tengku Zafrul's resignation and new role assignment come as UMNO president Zahid Hamidi has also stated that the party will support the Unity Government's chosen candidate for the upcoming Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election, even if the candidate does not belong to UMNO or BN. Zahid emphasized the need for political harmony at the state and national levels to help facilitate Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in finding common ground among the coalition partners.

Key Takeaways

  • Tengku Zafrul resigns as UMNO Selangor Treasurer, citing poor governance and lack of drive.
  • UMNO president Zahid assigns Tengku Zafrul a new responsibility outside UMNO and BN framework.
  • Zahid to monitor Tengku Zafrul's performance in this 'special task' involving political strategy.
  • UMNO to support Unity Govt's candidate in Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election, even if not UMNO/BN.
  • Zahid emphasizes need for political harmony to help PM Anwar find common ground with coalition.