UMNO to defend parliamentary, state seats it won in GE14 – president

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

KUALA LUMPUR – UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture) yesterday stressed that UMNO will defend the parliamentary and state seats that the party won in the 14th General Election (GE14).

Through a post on his Facebook page, Ahmad Zahid said this has been unanimously decided in the UMNO Supreme Council working committee (MKT) meeting last year.

“UMNO will not compromise on the seats it has won in GE14. This decision is not only the stance of the MKT but also reflects the voices of the grassroots who want UMNO to be a dominant party again after GE15,” he said.

He explained that UMNO is aware other parties will also contest in the same constituency which is normal in a democracy, however, he said the strength of the party and its grassroots who are determined to rise again should not be underestimated.

“UMNO is the largest Malay party and the largest party in the country, so its victory is significant in ensuring stability.

“Dominance does not mean arrogance, but the responsibility to restore UMNO as a party that is the backbone of government administration,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Zahid in a post on his Facebook page said UMNO took a stand to reject the formation of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) political coalition in GE15 and stood firm in empowering Barisan Nasional (BN).

He said the stance would be adopted during the UMNO 2020 General Assembly that would focus on GE15, expected to be held once the COVID-19 pandemic was addressed.

“UMNO’s decision not to cooperate with Bersatu in the next GE has been finalised. It is not just a decision by the Supreme Council, but from voices at the grassroots level at the UMNO 2020 General Assembly,” he said.

Regarding the formation of the government’s ‘Malaysian Family’ concept, he said it was to ensure the continuity of the government administration which was temporary before Parliament is dissolved.

“The current government was established with the consideration of the political situation which is still unstable as the people faced the COVID-19 pandemic.

“InsyaAllah, we are confident that with the strategy and work that has been, and is being arranged, UMNO will return the BN government as the pillar of the country’s administration in GE15,” he added.