JOHOR BARU: The 2023 Umno general assembly, which will be held this coming Wednesday (June 7), should be used as a “warm-up” for the upcoming six state elections, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.
The Umno supreme council member suggested that the spokesperson of each of the party’s wings, especially those coming from the six states that would be holding an election, make full use of the general assembly.
“The Umno general assembly will be the start of the party’s campaign in facing the six state elections,” he said during a press conference held at Johor Umno headquarters here on Sunday (June 4).
Ahmad, who is also the state Umno deputy chairman, added the spokesperson should highlight the positives of the unity government in Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Penang.
“They should highlight major issues in Perikatan Nasional-led state governments in Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.
“For example, the failure in providing clean water in Kelantan and Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor questioning the Federal Constitution about Penang as a state of its own,” he added.
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Meanwhile, when asked about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim being invited to Umno general assembly, the Pontian MP said Umno members should be open to the presence of the PKR president.
Ahmad, who is also deputy Finance Minister, added that Umno, as part of the unity government, has a bigger battle ahead of them in the upcoming six state elections.
He also played down Perikatan chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad saying they were willing to work with each other for the Malays and Muslims in this country.
“Prior to the formation of the unity government, each party signed an agreement in December last year to uphold the Malays and Islam in Malaysia.
“This agreement is a proof and a guideline for the present government in upholding the Malay rights and Islam as well as struggles of other races,” he added.