MALACCA, 3 Oct 2008: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam announced today he is ready to contest the Umno deputy presidency in the party elections in March 2009.
“I am ready to contest if the deputy president’s post is vacant,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Mohd Ali, 59, who is also Malacca chief minister, had earlier offered to defend the vice-president’s post, which he won for the first time in 2004.
He also received the second highest number of votes in the contest then.
The announcement by Mohd Ali made him the second leader after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to state his intention to contest the deputy president’s post. — Bernama