TANJUNG MALIM: Umno should close ranks on the issue of its Sabah state elections leader because disunity is a recipe for failure, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic).
He said having all members united and focused on winning the state elections was more important than who ought to lead their election machinery.
"All members should accept the decision that has been made by the leadership with an open heart.
"We must understand that it's not important who is the leader but the party's victory should be our main priority when we are faced with any by-election.
"The party's priority comes first," he said after a walkabout where he mingled with voters in shops in the Slim River town here Friday (Aug 21).
The Rantau assemblyman, who is also known as Tok Mat, said Barisan faced a great challenge in trying to take over Sabah from Warisan.
"It's not easy to win in Sabah because we are facing the current state government which has the upper hand.
'"They will be using all the strengths and advantages they have to defend their reign.
"Therefore, we must work hard to make sure the people and voters support us," he added.
Earlier, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said that everyone should respect the party's decision to appoint Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin as Barisan's Sabah state elections chief.
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