PETALING JAYA: Almost all of the long-serving and influential Umno division leaders were retained in the party’s polls despite many of them facing multi-cornered challenge.
They include Gua Musang Umno’s long-serving division chief Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Johor Baru head Tan Sri Shahrir Samad who easily beat their challengers to retain their posts with ease.
Other veteran Umno “warlords” who retained their division head posts at yesterday’s election include Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh in Kalabakan, Tan Sri Isa Samad in Teluk Kemang and Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman in Pasir Salak.
Tengku Razaleigh, who has held the post for over 33 years, defeated his challenger, the division’s former youth chief Datuk Bazlan Baharuddin while Shahrir, who has been the Johor Baru division chief since the early 80s except for a short spell, defeated two challengers, Datuk Ahmad Kemin and Zulkifli Ismail.
Others in “hot” divisions who managed to retain their posts include Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in Bera, Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said in Kemaman and Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan in Rembau.
Ismail defeated his former political secretary Datuk Mohd Azizan Che Omar; Ahmad defeated former division chief Mat Dalam Awang; while Isa retained his post after defeating two challengers, Ramli Awang and Mazman Mansor.
Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said also defeated her three challengers to retain the post for the second consecutive term.
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