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UPDATED: 14:36, November 15, 2006
Malaysia's UMNO has over 3.2 mln party members
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The largest political party in Malaysia, UMNO, now has 3,288,715 members nationwide, a senior party official said Wednesday.

Party Secretary-General Radzi Sheikh Ahmad gave the figure at the opening ceremony of the 2006 General Assembly of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) at the Putra World Trade Center here.

The UMNO dominates the ruling party coalition National Front which has been ruling Malaysia since the country's independence in 1957.

Radzi said the 3.2 million figure was worked out after updating and cleaning up the membership registration.

"Fifteen percent of the 3.2 million membership have yet to register as voters. As such, it is mandatory for members reaching 21 years of age to register as voters," Radzi added.

A total of 2,563 party delegates including those from the three UMNO wings -- Wanita (women section), Youth and Puteri (young women section)-- are attending the assembly.

Fifty-eight representatives of 60 UMNO clubs overseas are also present.

Meanwhile, 66 delegates from 24 foreign parties in 22 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Europe are attending the three-day assembly as observers, added Radzi.

UMNO President Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Malaysian Prime Minister, delivered the keynote speech.

Source: Xinhua

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