Umno postponing its general assembly scheduled for December to March next year is a wise move, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib, who is also Umno deputy president, said the decision was taken in line with the wishes of the grassroots.

“The actual dates for the four-day assembly will be notified later but it will definitely be held in March,” he told reporters after attending a special meeting of Umno’s Supreme Council (MT) here Friday.

The MT decided to move the assembly date to March to facilitate a smooth and earlier power transition in the party.

Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when announcing the postponement of the assembly said he would make a decision about seeking re-election for the presidency by Oct 9.

Under the original power transition plan, Abdullah was to hand over the reins of the country’s and Umno’s leadership to Najib in June 2010.

— BERNAMA