Tuesday October 12, 2010
Umno to share views with Asians, Africans
PETALING JAYA: Umno has gathered a field of politicians from across Asia and Africa to share their views on global issues ahead of the party’s 61st general assembly next week.
The two-day event that starts on Oct 18 at Putra World Trade Centre will feature representatives from 40 political parties who will also share their experience in handling political problems in their respective countries.
Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will close the event, which will be opened by his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will deliver a keynote address themed Forming the Global Community: Media Liberalisation and Realities of New Politics.
Umno secretary-general Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the forum was expected to draw about 500 people, including representatives from foreign missions and Barisan Nasional component parties.
“This forum is important for Umno to learn as well as to share its experience with other parties, including challenges and factors that can cause a party to lose support.
“We must take heed from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan that lost its power grip after 50 years despite implementing a transformation agenda.
“The forum would provide an avenue for Umno leaders to listen to the views of others, including foreign representatives,” he said.
Tengku Adnan reminded those participating in the debates not to touch on sensitive issues.
The foreign speakers include those from Japan, Indonesia, China, India, Iran, Iraq and several countries from the African continent.
The Umno assembly is scheduled to be held from Oct 19 to Oct 23.