KUALA LUMPUR: Umno can wrest Selangor back in the 14th general election if leaders at all levels work together to straighten out problems that occurred during the previous general election, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Umno acting deputy president, said Umno and Barisan Nasional lost their seats in the state to the opposition parties with only slim majorities, including in Gombak.
He said Selangor Umno should learn a lesson from the experience of losing the state due to the opposition’s populist game and the lack of support from fence-sitters.
“I believe we can wrest back the state in GE14. We don’t want Malaysia and Selangor to be separated and the people’s rights denied.
“From now on, we will work to wrest back Selangor, starting with Gombak,” he said when opening the Gombak Umno division meeting here yesterday.
The Gombak state seat is currently held by PKR deputy president and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
At the Cheras Umno division meeting, Umno vice president, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, said the party would defend the rights of all Malaysians regardless of race or religion due to its commitment to power-sharing under Barisan.
“We have to realise that in our diverse country, if at the end of the day the election results don’t reflect unity among the races and religion, then it becomes something we have to deal with,” Hishammuddin said after opening the meeting.
He urged voters not to support the Opposition which was only good at blaming others but have no proven experience in meeting the people’s aspirations.
“I’m not saying that Barisan is perfect but we have a proven track record,” said Hishammuddin.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said Barisan should not only strive to win the election, but to also secure the popular vote.
“What we want is not just a legal victory, but a moral one by winning the majority of the votes,” he said when opening the Bukit Bintang Umno youth and women’s wings division meeting, yesterday.