Umno polls: Focus on strengths, Hishammuddin tells candidates

  • Nation
  • Monday, 23 Sep 2013

KUANTAN: Candidates in the Umno polls should focus on their own strengths rather than the negativity of others, said party vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said if the competition leaned towards the strengths of each candidate, then the party would come out stronger in the end.

“In this election atmosphere, some members can get too passionate and get caught up in personal attacks and character assassination. This is not healthy for the party.

“We are contesting as a family. If we practice negative politics, it will affect the party in the end, not the candidate,” Hishammuddin said after attending a closed-door meeting with Pahang Umno leaders here yesterday.

On the heavy competition for the vice-president posts, he said it was nothing unusual as there were more contestants in the past.

“I was also not surprised as I have heard talk about being challenged when I announced my intention to defend the post,” he said.

Two other incumbents, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, are also defending their posts.

They are being challenged by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad and former Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

Hishammuddin also said the amendments to the Umno constitution had strengthened the branch level by giving more voting power to grassroots members.

“I hope the component parties can see this as an example which can be used as a standard for the national and the world’s political landscape,” he said.

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