Muhyiddin to meet problematic Umno divisions during Ramadan
KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he would meet problematic Umno divisions during Ramadan to thrash out any problems.
Muhyiddin, who is also deputy prime minister, said there weren’t many problematic Umno divisions but that he would use the meetings to also remind division leaders and members about the importance of avoiding issues that could weaken the party.
“If there are problems in a division, all quarters from the top to the grassroots should work together to solve the problems amicably to ensure Barisan Nasional’s victory in the coming general election,” he said in his speech when opening the annual delegates’ meeting of the Batu Umno division here, today.
Also present were division chairman Datuk Yahaya Mat Ghani and Federal Territory (FT) Umno liaison secretary, Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee.
Muhyiddin, who is also FT Umno liaison chairman, said he had already informed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that he would be meeting the problematic divisions to discuss the issues with an open heart.
“We have 220 parliamentary constituencies and we know the situation in each. It’s normal for each constituency to have one or two problems,” he said.
Muhyiddin said each parliamentary and state seat contested were important to winning back BN’s lost power in some states in the last general election in 2008.
He said he did not want a repeat of what happened in the last elections where BN’s loss was due to “cah keting” or sabotage by Umno members themselves rather than the strength of the opposition.
Muhyiddin also suggested that BN component party leaders identify the needs and the problems faced by non-Malay voters for further action to be taken.
On the 13th general election, Muhyiddin said it would not be held next year as this year would be the most suitable time for it.
“I don’t think the wait will extend into next year. However, it depends on the prime minister, but I’ve told him that this year is the best time (to hold the elections).
“We’re now going into the fasting month (Ramadan). Some people have asked whether the general election would be held during the fasting month. I said, ‘What’s wrong? And what’s wrong with the Raya month (Syawal)?’ After that, there’s Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day celebrations. Then when the time comes, we’ll have our elections,” he said.
At the same event, Muhyiddin also handed out keys to 12 recipients of the Public Housing Project (PPR) houses and equipment to start a business to three of the 69 recipients. — Bernama