Party chiefs to heed Dr M's call

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: All state party chiefs have come out in support of Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call for unity in the face of the coming transition of power. 

They revealed that Dr Mahathir in his presidential briefing stressed on placing party before self. 

Perlis liaison chief Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said those who loved Dr Mahathir must ensure that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi leads Umno to victory. 

“My expectation for the assembly is for members to build up the party’s strength to face the coming general election,” said Shahidan. 

Johor Umno liaison chief Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said Dr Mahathir also reminded them of their responsibilities of keeping the party intact. 

“He was very straight forward about the matter. His message is that those who became leaders in Umno should not think of position,” he said. 

Perak chief Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli said the Prime Minister also stressed on leadership and quality leaders. 

“I like how he described a leader as like a kite the string of which is pulled by the people. The higher the kite goes depends on how it is pulled and we as leaders must not forget it.” 

His Pahang counterpart Datuk Seri Adnan Yakob described what Dr Mahathir had said as “very thought provoking”. 

“Umno leaders at the division levels are not only leaders of members but also serve the other Barisan component parties, as well as non-bumiputras,” he added. 

Kelantan Liaison chief Datuk Mustapa Mohamad said he too felt the same.  

“The president stressed on the need to come together to weather the challenges posed by many elements.  

“His speech was direct to the point and an important reminder to determine the party’s victory and has inspired me to forge ahead despite the fact that he would be stepping down this year,” he said.  

Negri Sembilan committee chairman Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad noted that the briefing was different from previous years. 

“It is like the last advice to the members to maintain rapport with each other.” 

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