Abdul Mohamad is referring to Johore-born party vice-president Tan Sri Muyiddin Yassin who he says is the person fit for the post.
“He has shown that he has the capabilities to perform his duties entrusted upon him thus far,” Muhamad Talib told Malaysiakini.
Such duties include those within the party and the government, he said.
Muhyiddin was the Minister of Agriculture before he was appointed to his current post as the international trade and industry minister.
Muhammad Talib said that his branch has unanimously passed a motion recommending Muhyiddin as the party president on July 19. It was unanimously carried by the 81 members present.
He stressed that the motion was tabled without any ‘influence’ from any groups. The Desa Jaya branch is the only branch to nominate Muhyiddin thus far.
Here's the Malaysiakini BM version.
'Giliran orang Johor jadi presiden' - Malaysiakini
Sudah tiba masanya jawatan presiden dan timbalan presiden dipertandingkan, kata ketua Umno Cawangan Desa Jaya, Abdul Muhamad Talib Ngah.
"Dan sudah tiba masanya orang Johor dicalonkan memegang jawatan presiden. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin layak memegang jawatan tersebut."
Ini kerana beliau telah membuktikan kemampuannya melaksanakan tugas-tugas yang telah diamanahkan kepadanya selama ini," kata Abdul Muhamad Talib.
Tugas-tugas yang diamanahkan itu merangkumi dalam parti dan juga dalam kerajaan.
Muhyiddin sekarang adalah naib presiden Umno dan memegang portfolio Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri.
Sebelum ini, beliau telah diamanahkan memegang jawatan Menteri Pertanian dan Asas Tani.
Umno bahagian Johor Bahru diketuai oleh Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna, Datuk Shahrir Samad.To continue click here
(I doubt that Muhyiddin will get enough nominations to qualify him to contest for the number one post. Anyway, decisions by Umno branches have little impact on nominations for top party posts. It is the decision at division level that is important. But will he dare challenge the party president - if he had the numbers? He did say in May that he was ready to move up the hierarchy and has slammed the party's restrictive quota system which prevents members from contesting for posts without a specific number of nominations. I believe he was being cautious when he said he would consider many things, including having to face “incumbents and the powers-that-be”, before making a decision. )