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Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his keynote address during the opening of the 2013 United Malays National Organisation General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur December 5, 2013. — Reuters picUmno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his keynote address during the opening of the 2013 United Malays National Organisation General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur December 5, 2013. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 — The transformation implemented by Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak by having religious scholars at the party’s top leadership level should be implemented at all levels.

A Kelantan delegate, Ahmad Termizi Musa, from Ketereh Umno, said Umno leaders at all levels should emulate the move taken by the party leadership.

“Let not there be among us who shut out religious scholars from joining us to strengthen the party’s struggle,” he said when debating the motion on religion and education at the 2013 Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.

Najib, who is also the Prime Minister, recently appoint two religious scholars, well-know preacher Mohammad Kazim Elias and Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah president Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki to sit in the party’s Supreme Council.

However, Mohammad Kazim rejected the offer.

Ahmad Termizi regarded the action by the opposition in hurling various accusations on Mohammad Kazim’s appointment as a desperate act because of their fear with Najib’s transformation agenda.

He also suggested more religious national secondary schools to be built in Kelantan to meet the demand from parents who wanted Islamic-based education for their children.

Currently, there are only six schools in Kelantan which are capable of accommodating 1,210 students, while the number of applications received a year is more than 5,000, he added. — Bernama

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