UMNO members are confident its elected representatives who have become unpopular will take heed of the president’s advice and bow out from contesting in the general election.
They believe Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call to such representatives will be heeded.
Vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said elements of sabotage should be checked and interest of the party placed above self.
“When selecting candidates, the decision will be based on feedback and analysis from various sources,” he said.
“Grassroots leaders must not be complacent as we will be facing an extraordinary general election,” he said.
Fellow vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said the president’s message should not be taken lightly.
“We must win comfortably to effectively implement the government’s transformation agenda,” he said.
Johor Baru Umno division information chief Abu Talib Alias said Najib’s message was timely, adding that it was well-received and would be heeded.
“The president also created a win-win scenario when he said those chosen as candidates should not contest in party elections,” he said.
“Najib is indicating that the cake must be shared for Umno to remain stable,” added Abu Talib.
“You may be accepted by the voters but it does not necessarily mean you have the clout over party members at the division level.”
Umno supreme council member Datuk Abdul Azeez Rahim, who was beaten at the last elections, said he would not harbour any ill feelings if he was dropped this time around.
“The president’s decision is to be obeyed,” said Abdul Azeez who lost the Baling parliamentary seat to a PAS candidate in 2008.
“I will support whoever is chosen.”
Umno Youth exco member Datuk Sohaimi Shahadan said party members should set aside their personal agendas to help Umno win the elections.
“In all seats it contests, party members need to show to the people that Umno is a better party than its opponent,” said the Selayang Umno Youth chief.
He said the Youth movement was in a confident mood and well prepared for the battle ahead.
“We are just waiting for the kick-off whistle.”
Source : The Star