PUTRAJAYA: Umno has never discussed that its president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should be the prime minister candidate for the 15th General Election (GE15), says party vice-president Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
Mahdzir, who is Rural Development Minister, said a previous Umno meeting had decided that Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob would remain as the 10th Prime Minister if Barisan Nasional won GE15.
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"So far, the decision made at the party level is that Ismail Sabri is our ‘poster boy’ and PM candidate for GE15.
"I, as a party vice-president, can say that there were no such meetings (discussing Ahmad Zahid’s candidacy as PM),” he told a news conference after opening the second triennial delegates meeting of the Peninsular Malaysia Community Development Department Staff Union here.
He was commenting on a viral social media statement claiming that Ahmad Zahid would be made the 10th premier if Barisan won GE15 and that the matter would be discussed at the Umno supreme council meeting on Sept 30.
Mahdzir said the spread of the false statement on social media was aimed at causing divisions in Umno.
Earlier, Ahmad Zahid, who is also Barisan chairman, indicated that Ismail Sabri would remain as Barisan’ss poster boy and prime minister candidate in GE15. - Bernama