Perak Umno gunning for Hamzah's seat in next GE, says Saarani

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 Mar 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Perak Umno wants to regain all the parliamentary seats it lost due to defections to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, says its chief Datuk Saarani Mohamad.

Top on Umno’s list is the Larut parliamentary seat that is held by Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, who won the seat when he was still with Umno.

“Bersatu is a party that is established with the purpose of killing Umno.

“It is a party that is strengthened by several Umno MPs that jumped ship.

“In Larut, the secretary-general of Bersatu even went back to his constituency to poach Umno committee members.

“Are there no other Malays for you to poach? Why must they be Umno members?

“For that matter, I would like to declare that Perak Umno will contest the Larut seat no matter what happens, ” said Saarani when debating the presidential address at the Umno general assembly on Sunday (March 28).

Saarani, who is Perak Mentri Besar, said the other seats that Umno wants to contest are the Bagan Serai and Bukit Gantang parliamentary seats.

Bagan Serai is currently held by Deputy Health Minister Datuk Noor Azmi Ghazali, who won the seat with Umno before defecting to Bersatu in June 2018.

Bukit Gantang MP Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Syed Abdul Fasal also won his seat as Umno MP, before quitting Umno in June 2018 to become independent.

He then officially joined Bersatu in June 2020.

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