Don't be arrogant, Nik Aziz told

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  • Monday, 17 Feb 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein has called on Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat not to be arrogant but instead concentrate on improving the lot of the people in Kelantan. 

“Anyone can express their wish (to contest in the general election) but it will be the decision of God,” he told reporters after attending MCA Youth chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat’s Chinese New Year open house in Ampang Jaya yesterday. 

Hishammuddin was commenting on Nik Aziz’s statement that the latter would contest in the next general election and wanted to continue doing so until he died. 

Ong said he was shocked when he read about Nik Aziz’s intention. 

“Like every politician, he (Nik Aziz) must have the mandate of the people to stay on,” he said, adding that veteran politicians should have identified their successors. 

Earlier, Hishammuddin, who is the Malaysians for Peace campaign’s patron, said one million signatures had been collected to date.  

“This is excluding the signatures collected by the various Chinese political parties and organisations. 

“A total of 1,100 organisations are participating in this campaign (against war in Iraq),” Hishammuddin said. 

To a question, he said that opposition parties were welcomed to participate in the peace rally at the Bukit Jalil Stadium on Feb 23.  

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