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Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 9:54:50 AM
by sira habibu
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir is on a personal mission to restore the image of Umno following targeted attacks to weaken the dominant party in Barisan Nasional.
Many members want to see Umno, which had become the main target of perception games in the last two general elections, regain public confidence.
“Therefore it is pertinent for us to change, or be changed,” said Mukhriz.
Mukhriz said his bid for the party vice-presidency was in line with calls to rejuvenate and transform the party.
“I put the party before self,” he said.
Mukhriz said Umno must be rejuvenated, as the party would be facing relatively younger leaders from the Opposition front in the next general election.
He said it was pertinent to effectively counter all the false allegations levelled against Umno.
“To regain public confidence, we need to earn the people’s trust,” he said.
Mukhriz has joined in the fray in a six-cornered race for the three-seat Umno vice-presidency.
Incumbent vice-presidents Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, 60, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, 56, and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, 52, are defending their positions against three other challengers.
The incumbents are being challenged by Mukhriz, 49, former Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, 64, and Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, 64.
Mukhriz’s decision to enter the fray had caught the attention of political pundits and leaders.
Mukhriz rated his chances of winning at 50-50.
Contrary to popular assumption, Mukhriz said there was no grand design to secure his smooth ascension in politics.
“The fact that I have lost in party elections before shows that there was never any attempt to prop me up just because I am the son of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (the fourth Prime Minister),” he said.
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