Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak has cancelled his trip to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia following calls from Umno Supreme Council members yesterday that he should not be out of the country for a long period.
Najib who was scheduled to leave today, cancelled his trip. This follows the Supreme Council meeting yesterday where members told Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign as party president and hand over the premiership to Najib by Oct 9, when the Umno divisional meetings begin.
The Supreme Council felt that Pak Lah should save himself the humiliation of not getting enough nominations to defend his Presidency.
The Deputy Prime Minister will however leave for New York on Oct 24 to address the all-important United Nations General Assembly.
His advanced security team and members of the Press are already in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Najib is scheduled to return to Malaysia by Oct 3.
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