Umno focuses attention on winning election

Gearing up for election: Perikatan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (third from right) looking on as Masjid Tanah MP Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin waves the party flag during the launch of Gempur PN to kick off campaigning for the Melaka state polls. — Bernama

MELAKA: Umno and the other component parties in Barisan Nasional have yet to reach a consensus on working with other political coalitions in the state polls.

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there was no conclusion made on the official stance of alliances.

“Our focus is winning the election for now,” said Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Barisan chairman, after a meeting with the Melaka Umno election machinery at Masjid Tanah near here yesterday.

Ahmad Zahid said the fielding of Umno candidates for the state election would be according to the party’s constitution, which would see the list of election aspirants discussed at division level before being submitted to the party leadership.

“We will evaluate each of the candidates based on their capabilities and abilities,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid said the selection of each candidate would also depend on data obtained from previous general elections.

He also revealed that the party would be focusing on all the state seats it was contesting and not only the three hot seats, namely, Sungai Udang, Pantai Kundor and Pengkalan Batu.

Melaka, which has 28 state seats, will go to the polls on Nov 20.

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