TEMERLOH: Umno will not stop newly elected representatives from contesting any post at the division level in the party elections, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
The Prime Minister said: “We do not forbid it, it’s up to them.”
Abdullah said he hoped those concerned would “carry themselves well” and not get involved in any campaign which could cause tension in the party.
“Let me stress how important it is for all Umno members to carry themselves well in the elections and not conduct campaigns that may create a bad situation for the party.
“Don’t get involved at all in money politics,” he said after meeting Pahang state executive councillors, assemblymen and state Umno division leaders here.
He said Umno must be strong to work with the Government to ensure that the Barisan Nasional manifesto for the last general election would be successful.
Abdullah also reminded elected representatives to work hard to ensure that there was comprehensive development in all areas nationwide.
“The elected representatives play an active role in their constituencies and should work in a trustworthy manner. If the people get angry with their elected representatives, they will vent their anger on the party. Barisan Nasional elected representatives must also focus on all races and not only certain communities,” he added.
On Suhakam’s statement that the police had violated the human rights of villagers in Kundasang by remanding them for 14 days and preventing them from lodging police reports, Abdullah said he hoped the force would accept reports by the villagers made against them.
“The police should understand their role and responsibility. They must carry out their duties fairly,” Abdullah, who is Home Minister, said.
Suhakam commissioner Datuk K.C. Vohrah had said that police prevented the villagers from making a police report on the alleged abuses and also drove fear into them.
He also said there was no need for the police to remand the villagers for the maximum period of 14 days, adding that they should have been given bail.
Vohrah said the right to report an offence was provided under the law and could not be refused by the police.
On another matter, Abdullah reminded Barisan elected representatives to provide quality service and help reduce poverty.
About 5,000 people, including the residents of Felda Lakum some 60km from here, attended the gathering organised by the Dana Aman Economic and Welfare Family Association (Pekida), in conjunction with the premier’s visit.
Among those who also attended the ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis and Pekida president Datuk Dr Mohd Fuad Ahmad.
In his speech, Abdullah said the country's Vision 2020 dream would not be achieved if the people were unwilling to change their attitudes and mindset. – Bernama