Umno Youth ‘may drop some leaders’


  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Jan 2003

BY ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth may drop some leaders from its current line-up to ensure a big Barisan Nasional victory in the general election, said its chief, Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein. 

He said election preparations and efforts to intensify its focus on winning the elections, especially at state level, would be discussed at its exco meeting today. 

“There is no question that we are already in the election mode. I have been given the responsibility as Youth leader to make changes in our movement and ensure that our members give their fullest commitment to the party. 

“We may do a reshuffle and changes at any time, but it must be based on the bigger agenda, that is to ensure that our candidates win big,” he said after launching the Fifth Asian X Games and ESPN Junior X Games at the KLCC Park here yesterday. 

Asked whether some names might be dropped from the current Umno Youth line-up, Hishammuddin said: “Yes, that is a possibility any time. I will not hesitate to use my powers and responsibility as Youth leader to ensure that our movement emerges stronger than ever.” 

He added that if any reshuffle was to be made, priority would be given to the states and the capability of the leaders. 

“I have not thought of an actual reshuffle as yet. Things are moving fine in Umno Youth. 

“And there’s no need for any unnecessary changes just for the sake of doing a reshuffle. 

“But we have to increase and intensify our efforts at the state level, and that is where some changes will have to be made,” he said. 

In previous reports, Hishammuddin said he would concentrate on Pahang, while the task to win Kedah was given to his deputy, Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir.  

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