Coalition of branch leaders need to win two-thirds support of each branch, he says.

PETALING JAYA: Rebel Umno branch leaders “won’t get through” with their plans to oust party president Najib Razak, according to Umno Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He described the coalition of branch leaders, Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Malaysia, as a group of “shit-stirrers”, according to Malaysiakini, and said he did not believe they would succeed in tabling a motion against Najib.

“I don’t think it will get through, whatever they’re trying to do,” he told reporters after a Federal Territories Day event, the report said. Tengku Adnan is federal territories minister.

Tengku Adnan said there was a lengthy process leading up to the motion being tabled. They would need to get the support of two-thirds of the members in those branches willing to adopt the motion.

The group had announced their plans to table the motion, after Tengku Adnan had previously challenged Umno members to do so through party channels if they had lost confidence in Najib’s leadership.

The coalition also said yesterday they wanted the party to bring forward its elections, which have been delayed for 18 months.

Tengku Adnan advised the group to refer to the party constitution when making their plans.

The coalition was formed after branches in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor publicly called for Najib’s resignation last year in the midst of controversy about the affairs of government-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd and a deposit of RM2.6 billion in Najib’s private bank accounts in 2013.

The group announced today that they had obtained the support of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be patron of the coalition. Dr Mahathir has led a campaign for more than a year to force Najib out of office.

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