KUALA LUMPUR: The people should not dismiss anyone who is offering to help Umno and Barisan Nasional, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).
The Umno president said that anyone was entitled to have their own opinion, but it was pivotal that all parties move forward and strengthen Umno and Barisan.
"If there are individuals who have good ideas and can do something more proactive, we will welcome them.
"It is not right to dismiss what they can bring or how they can contribute, especially when the individual has the influence to bring generations and races together to help us win the next general election," Ahmad Zahid told reporters on Thursday (July 11).
He said this when asked to comment on remarks made by Umno's Khairy Jamaluddin and Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who appeared unsettled after former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was appointment chairman of the Barisan advisory board.
Khairy had said; "Suddenly, I'm not so happy where I am", while Nazri said the appointment was a regressive move.
Ahmad Zahid said Najib's appointment had the approval of MCA and MIC presidents, as well as Barisan Supreme Council members.
He also said that the Barisan advisory board will have representation from MCA and MIC.
Meanwhile, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said Najib could act as an advisor, but the main decision would be made by Barisan.
"It is more of an advisory role. He can give his input but the main body will make the decision. If it is good, we will take it," he added.
Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said Najib was still an asset to Barisan.
"Why should his capabilities be questioned because Barisan lost the general election?
"How many times did DAP lose past general elections with Lim Kit Siang as advisor?" asked Annuar Musa.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the Islamist party would not interfere in an Umno internal matter.
"When we talked about the unity of the ummah, we will not touch each other's internal matter.
So this does not concern us," said the Kota Baru MP to reporters at the parliament.