They were said to have asked him to hand over his duties as Umno president and prime minister to his deputy Najib Abdul Razak during this period.
According to Malaysiakini, the call was made during a meeting between 20 division leaders with Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othaman at his residence in Johor Bahru early last week.
But six other division leaders, who hold ministerial positions, were not invited for the meeting.
They are Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein (Semberong), Shahrir Abdul Samad (Johor Bahru), Khaled Nordin (Pasir Gudang), Syed Hamid Albar (Kota Tinggi), Muhyiddin Yassin (Pagoh) and Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad (Mersing).
Also not invited were Tourism Minister Azalina Othman Said and Deputy Human Resources Minister Noraini Ahmad.
However, Shahrir was quick to refute the report saying that no resolution was made at the meeting.
"The meeting did not pass any resolution or take any decision to be conveyed to the Umno president. Those present shared the views and on my part, I stated that rehabilitating Umno should be the main priority," he was quoted to have told a press conference to announce the National Intellectual Property Day 2008 here Wednesday. Here.