RSIS Seminar by Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Member of Parliament, Johor, Malaysia
The Future of UMNO Politics
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, who is also the president of UMNO, is facing serious political challenges. Since taking over from former premier Abdullah Badawi, Najib’s standing as leader of both UMNO and the Barisan Nasional government has been negatively affected by increasing economic troubles, poor political performance in the last General Election, and strong political competition from the opposition camp. In addition, Prime Minister Najib is confronted by swelling internal dissent within UMNO due primarily to the weakening voters’ support for the latter. Given these issues, a question has arisen as to whether Najib can weather the political storm and preserve his position as Prime Minister at the upcoming General Elections. This seminar seeks to address the political prospects of Najib Razak and UMNO’s future in Malaysian politics. It will discuss the current state of relations between Najib and UMNO, and examine how the dynamics of these political developments would impact UMNO and Malaysian politics in general.
About the Speaker:
Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed is the current Member of Parliament of the Pulai constituency in the state of Johor, Malaysia. He has been active in politics since 1996 and was an Exco Member of UMNO Youth National Committee until 2004. He is also the UMNO Division Chief and Chairman Barisan Nasional for Pulai since 2003. Presently, in Parliament he is a member of the Public Accounts Committee and also the chairman of the finance committee of the BN Backbenchers Club (BNBBC). In addition, Datuk Nur Jazlan is a Council Member of the ASEAN Federation of Accountants as well as adviser and council member for ACCA, Malaysia. He studied accountancy at the Emile Woolf School of Accountancy, London and was admitted as a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, Council Member and Chairman of Public Relations Committee of Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Dress Code: Office Attire
Organised by IDSS Malaysia Programme