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KUALA LUMPUR: The challenger for the position of Wanita Umno chief Raihan Sulaiman broke down in tears after submitting her nomination papers.
She said she felt overwhelmed when she realised that she was repeating a family history of challenging an incumbent leader.
Her father, Sulaiman Ahmad Palestine, made an unsuccessful attempt to unseat then Umno president Tun Hussein Onn in the 1978 party polls.
“I’m not cying to seek sympathy, but because I feel sad that my abah is not here with me.
“I’m here because he inculcated in me a love for Umno, and although he is no longer remembered, I am now here,” she said after filing her papers.
Sulaiman, who was then Umno information chief, garnered 250 votes against 898 for Hussein.
Hussein stepped down two years later and was succeeded by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Raihan, who is from the Kulim-Bandar Baru Umno division, said she was challenging Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil for the post because she believed the grassroots wanted change.
Raihan said she was not contesting “for the publicity, but because I love Umno”.
“This is a struggle of the grassroots, so if they really want change they must vote for me,” she said.
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