KEMAMAN: Umno veterans in Terengganu should help the party win back support from the people and wrest the state from PAS, said deputy president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He said they could help stage a mammoth gathering similar to the 10,000-strong gathering organised by party veterans in Kelantan about two months ago. “Umno veterans who have wide experience can give a big helping hand.
“We are always willing to listen to their advice and their views will be given serious attention,” he said yesterday when addressing some 500 party veterans at a luncheon at Awana Golf & Resort Kijal.
Earlier, the Deputy Prime Minister, received a two-page memorandum from Terengganu Umno Veteran committee deputy chairman Datuk Yahaya Hashim.
Among others, the memorandum stated that the state Umno’s information machinery was still ineffective; money politics had become rampant again; there was unhealthy competition among aspirants for nominations as candidates in the coming general election and the distribution from the Federal Government’s special fund (from oil royalty) was still not “Umno-friendly.”
It stated that the choice of candidates in the next general election must be based on who stood the best chance of winning the seat and the party should focus its energies on their stronger seats.
The veterans also expressed confidence in the ability of the state Umno liaison committee headed by Abdullah.
Earlier, Abdullah chaired the state Umno liaison committee meeting and met Kemaman Umno committee members.
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