Ahmad Zahid denies claims of not defending Bagan Datuk seat

KUALA BERANG – Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture) has denied speculations that he will not defend his Bagan Datuk parliamentary seat in the upcoming 15th General Election GE15).

The UMNO president also said he had not entertained such thoughts and did not know the source of such allegations nor the intentions of individuals spreading such rumours. 

He told reporters at the launch of Terengganu BN GE15 machinery at the Malaysian Construction Academy in Jenagor near here today that what was important was that BN must prioritise winnable candidates to form the government.

He added that BN would finalise the final list of candidates for GE15 between three or five days before nominations on Nov 5.

Ahmad Zahid also expressed his hope that leaders who are not chosen to contest in this election would serve as mentors to new candidates, as fresh faces would make up to 70 per cent of BN candidates.

During his speech at the launch, Ahmad Zahid said although Terengganu BN aims to win at least four parliamentary seats, the central leadership wants a bigger win.

He added that it was not impossible as BN had taken over Terengganu before and formed the state government as well. — BERNAMA