PETALING JAYA: Several Umno leaders hailed Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's decision to resume the duties of party president, but also urged unity.
Kedah Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom called on Umno members and leaders to close ranks following Ahmad Zahid’s announcement that he has resumed the duties of party president.
“The party's leadership should be seen as complete and on a firmer standing in facing various challenges following the return of the president.
“To be a credible Opposition, the party must be united in facing the Pakatan Harapan government,” he said when contacted.
He added that the party should solidify its standing on various aspects.
“We must be firm in our belief that we will be able to overcome all challenges if we stay united,” he said.
Penang Umno chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir said Ahmad Zahid has the right to resume the president's duties as he had not resigned.
“We hope he will resume the efforts in revitalising the party.
“We also thank deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan for what he has done in the president's absence,” he said.
The cooperation between the president, deputy president, leaders and all party members is vital towards ensuring the success of the party, he added.
Perak Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the committee accepts Ahmad Zahid's decision to resume the duties of president.
“His decision is in line with the mandate given by Umno delegates at the grassroots level to him as party president.
“All party members at all levels should respect and show their support to him,” he said when contacted.
Perak Umno is also confident that Ahmad Zahid will inject renewed vigour to the party especially at a time when Umno and PAS are actively pursuing the “ummah” unity agenda.
Ahmad Zahid was one of those who engineered the pact between the two biggest Malay-based parties, he added.
“We believe Umno will regain its strength and influence in wooing voters in the next general election through the support and cooperation among the party's leadership and members at all levels.
“We will continue to work hard with the party president as well as the rest of the leadership in strengthening the party and wresting Perak away from Pakatan,” he said.
Temerloh Umno division chief Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said he hoped that Ahmad Zahid's return would spark the party's improvement.