Aziz in emotional farewell as Gopeng chief, but vying for council post


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008

IPOH: It was an emotional moment for Gopeng Umno division chief Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin who gave his last speech at the division’s delegates conference here.

The former Rural and Regional Development Minister had earlier announced that he would not be defending the post.

“This is the time for us to strengthen the party.

“We must adapt to this new scenario and believe that Umno is still relevant to the Malays,” he said in his speech where he had to stop at times as he became emotional.

He urged the members to continue supporting him as chairman of Perak Yayasan Pelajaran Halimah.

“Through the organisation, we have channelled enough funds to help so many Malay students pursue their educational dreams.”?”

Abdul Aziz is going for a third term as supreme council member.

The division nominated Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam for the top two posts.

It named Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin and Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim for vice-presidents.

In the division elections, Hamzah Mohd Kasim won the division chief’s post, beating Mustaffa Kamal Mohd Nawi and Rustam Affandy Abd Aziz.

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