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Goodwill gift: Muhyiddin shaking hands with Muar deputy police chief Supt Sahadan Jaafar during a ceremony to hand over cows to Umno branches. — Bernama
MUAR: Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reminded those who lost in the election for the party’s three wings to accept their defeat gracefully and not do anything that can damage the party out of spite.
He said positions available were limited compared to the number of capable people in the party.
“Winning or losing in elections is part of the democratic process,” he said after witnessing the handing over of 205 cows to 102 Umno branches in Pagoh and government departments in Muar and Ledang in conjunction with the coming Hari Raya Aidiladha.
“Do not be disappointed if you are not chosen,” he said.
“It is not the end of the road.”
Sharing his experience, Muhyiddin, who is Deputy Prime Minister, said he too had gone through the ups and downs in his political journey.
“There were times when I received a lot of support and there were times when I fell,” he said. “But I stand up again and the members evaluated me as worthy of holding the post that I hold today,” he added.
Even those who had lost had much to contribute to the party and for the country’s growth, Muhyiddin said.
“We should not give up and should help to strengthen the party and continue to support those who receive more support than us.
“Do not just think about today, instead look at the future and the challenges facing the party, including getting the people to continue to support us in the 14th general election,” he added.
He said the party would be stronger if all members put the interest of the party above their own personal agendas.
Muhyiddin said he hoped the new format for the party elections was part of Umno’s transformation process to rejuvenate the party.
In his speech read out at the start of the Pagoh Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings assembly, Muhyiddin, who is the division head, reminded the delegates of the many challenges that were currently facing the party.
Thus, he said, all members should focus on strengthening the party so that it would continue to receive the support of the Malays.
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