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Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR: The 150,000 Umno grassroots members who will vote for party leaders should reject selfish leaders who are contesting to further their own interests, said Kedah Umno chief Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir.
He said that the party would be doomed if it was helmed by opportunistic leaders.
“The coming election is truly the best opportunity to bring changes that can guarantee that Umno will remain relevant as the grassroots have been given the power to choose.
“Therefore, they must choose wisely and ensure only those who are genuinely sincere are elected to uphold the party’s struggle,” he said when met at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Hari Raya open house.
Mukhriz said that there was a real concern that Umno might have “lost its way” in its struggle because of leaders who put their self-interests above the party.
He observed that during the last general election, the Malay votes that came to Umno might be due to them being unhappy with the goings-on in Pakatan Rakyat rather than any true support for the party.
Mukhriz, who is Kedah Mentri Besar, indicated that he might not contest any post during this term because he wanted to concentrate on the state administration.
However, he said the state Umno had given support to several new faces to vie for posts in the party’s Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings.
“There should be new blood in Umno. I believe these individuals can bring about significant changes to the party,” he said.
In another development, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir stepped down as Pangkor Umno branch chief after holding the post for 16 years.
Dr Zambry said that he made the move to enable a new leader who would be in the area to attend to the people’s needs to take over.
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