PETALING JAYA: Umno's Padang Besar and Arau divisions have rejected the appointment of Datuk Seri Azlan Man (pic) as the party's new Perlis liaison committee chairman.
Utusan Malaysia reported on Sunday (April 25) that leaders in the two divisions described the Mentri Besar as not being qualified to lead Perlis Umno.
"We strongly opposed to Azlan's appointment. Ahmad Zahid's move to appoint Azlan will only ruin the state Umno. We, Umno Padang Besar and Arau have stated a clear stance in rejecting Azlan's appointment.
“Why appoint a leader whose constituency lost badly in the last election? Kangar only won two state seats out of five apart from losing in Parliament,” said Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin who is also Perlis Umno deputy state liaison chairman.
Meanwhile, Arau MP Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said he has accepted the decision of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to remove him as Perlis Umno liaison chief.
Ahmad Zahid announced on Saturday (April 24) that Shahidan was to be replaced by Azlan with immediate effect.
Shahidan, in a press conference on Saturday night, had called for party elections to be held by the end of June to prevent a leadership crisis and to maintain party unity.
He said anyone who went against the party line should face disciplinary action, especially those who support PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.