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Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, who failed in his bid to win one of the three Umno vice-president seats, has pledged to continue to work hard towards the party’s transformation process.
The Kedah Mentri Besar said his narrow loss to incumbent Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein would not derail his plan to help rejuvenate Umno.
He said, despite the loss, he could still contribute in his capacity as the Kedah Umno chairman.
“I’m suddenly totally out of the picture. It’s my hope that party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will consider appointing me into the supreme council so that I too can contribute towards doing better in the 14th general election,” he said at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday morning after the final tally of the party supreme council election was announced.
Mukhriz failed to clinch the third vice-presidency slot in a keenly-fought battle, which saw him receiving 91 votes against Hishammuddin’s 100.
Mukhriz said he was satisfied with the results as it gave him renewed confidence in his political future.
“I was pleasantly surprised considering that I had to compete against the incumbents amid pessimism among some quarters about my candidature.
“It was a tough contest. I left it to God and accept the outcome as a blessing in disguise,” he said.
On his future plans, Mukhriz said he would now concentrate on helping Barisan Nasional wrest the Sungai Limau seat in the coming by-election.
“I have a very important by-election to manage as it is crucial to us,” he said, adding that the Barisan candidate would be announced today.
The by-election will be held on Nov 4 following the death of its assemblyman and former Mentri Besar Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak. Nomination is on Wednesday.
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