This caused the BIGGEST laugh I had today…before lunch.
ALOR SETAR – Leaders standing for the Umno election in October should be magnanimous, clean and have high integrity, as among their virtues.
Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir said these attributes were important to ensure elected leaders were capable of assisting Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also deputy prime minister, in continuing to strengthen the party.
“About 150,000 voters in the election will be selecting leaders from the supreme council to division level, who could really meet the aspirations of the people,” he told reporters at the Menteri Besar’s open house, in conjunction with Aidilfitri celebrations at Seri Mentaloon here yesterday.
He was commenting on Najib’s statement on Saturday, in which the Umno president hoped the impending party election would not undermine or threaten Umno as the strongest party in the country.
Najib said, as the party had amended its constitution, Umno was now more open, democratic and inclusive and this attracted many to contest for posts in the party.
Mukhriz said the strength of the party should be sustained to assist in its transformation, as inspired by the party leadership.
He said even though Umno was basically a party which championed the struggles of the Malays, it did not deny the rights of others.
Meanwhile, he said he was happy with the attendance of about 50,000 people to the open house yesterday, which was a good sign for the state’s future.
The event was also attended by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah; Kedah Sultan Council of Regency chairman Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah, as well as members of the Sultan of Kedah Regency Council, Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani Sultan Badlishah and Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Sultan Abdul Halim.
Be prepared for criticism
In a related matter, Umno Veterans Club secretary Mustapha Yaakub reminded party members who offered themselves for posts at all levels not to turn the event into a ‘fiesta’, thus forgeting the real objective of the contest.
He said although the party won more seats in the general election, Umno members need not be self-aggrandising.
“There are many issues which need to be pondered upon by every Umno leader.
“Preparations for the 14th general election should begin now, if Umno wants to continue being the dominant party representing the Malays, and which can be accepted by the Malays, besides being supported by BN (Barisan Nasional) components,” he said in a statement here yesterday. .
On the Umno General Assembly from Dec 2 to 7, Mustapha said, apart from debating the president’s policy speech and current issues, delegates should also be given the opportunity to debate and criticise the party leadership.
“The party leadership should be ready to accept criticism if it wants the party to be transformed,” he said.