Three leaders of the BN component parties had met up and unanimously agreed with the appointment of Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as the Secretary-General of BN. Hishamuddin was the Vice-President of UMNO.
With the critical political situation in the country, the responsibility entrusted to Hishammuddin would require him to make BN a stronger and more effective opposition.
They believe that Hishammuddin is able to shoulder the responsibility. Furthermore, he has the experience and expertise in the political arena for decades.
After the defeat of BN during the 14th General Election, Hishammuddin, the Member of Parliament of Sembrong announced that he would not contest for any post in UMNO central committee during the previous party election. The position of the Secretary-General of BN is held by Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz since October last year. However, it was not officially recognised according to its party constitution.