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by embun majid
ALOR SETAR: Umno members who wish to offer themselves as candidates in the party’s division elections must discuss with their respective divisions first before announcing or registering their candidacies.
Party deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who proposed this, said the move would avoid unpleasant incidents such as having too many vying for the same position.
“I know that what I propose is easier said than done but if such a step is taken, the election process can run smoothly,” he said after attending the Kedah Umno Hari Raya open house here yesterday. “This way, our main objective of choosing leaders who can lead the party and the community effectively can be achieved.”
Present at the event was his wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman as well as Mentri Besar Datuk Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir and wife Datin Norzieta Zakaria.
Muhyiddin hoped his proposal would be adopted in good faith.
“I do not want to be misinterpreted as preventing anyone from contesting. But, at the end of the process, we wish to produce leaders who are well respected and accepted.
“Our party election is not only observed by Umno members as the Malay community and the non-Malays are also watching us. The non-Malays also want Umno to remain strong because if Umno is strong, the Barisan Nasional coalition is also strong,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
He said the party election was a platform to find new strong leaders to improve Umno’s image at a time when the party was facing new challenges.
“It means there is a need for sacrifices. What I am saying is in general.
“I do not deny the contribution made by senior leaders and when the time comes, I too will have to make way.”
Before ending his visit, Muhyiddin visited former Kedah Mentri Besar Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital’s intensive care unit.
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