KANGAR, Jun 27 – Perlis Umno fully supports the decision by the party’s supreme council to sack its former deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah Liaison chief Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir. The council on Friday also suspended vice president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s membership in the party.
State Liaison chief Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said Perlis Umno was forced to make the decision, “as Muhyiddin and Mukhriz had helped to campaign for the opposition in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar parliamentary by-elections”. He said Umno cannot compromise because former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin and and former Kedah Mentri Besar Mukhriz had breached party discipline.
He told this to reporters after presenting Aidilfitri contributions to party members in the Kangar, Arau and Padang Besar divisions here, last night. Shahidan who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said Perlis Umno would also use Barisan Nasional’s success template in the recent by-elections to select its candidates in the next general election.
He said it is an important criterion for a candidate to be able to effectively serve the people. He said leaders are selected not for a small cluster or group of people but for the population. He also added that it’s the norm when decisions they make are objected to, but they follow the majority view.
He stressed that Perlis would not accept any parachute candidate in future general elections as it had been among the reasons for the poor performance of representatives in serving the people. He said Perlis is facing political umbrage because the parachute candidates chosen by ‘unseen forces’ have left the people disenchanted with their service performance.
He said he is serious in this matter and will ensure that it will not be repeated. He also added that he would meet with the representatives concerned to let them know that the party president was aware of it. He also advised representatives who wanted to be selected again as candidates to improve their performance and prove their worth. — Bernama