BAGAN DATOH: Umno grassroot leaders who “show your faces only when I am around” received a reprimand from Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today.
Speaking at Bagan Datoh Umno’s delegates’ meeting, Zahid said there were a handful of Umno division leaders who meet people at the grassroot level only when he was around visiting the areas.
“I hope leaders in Bagan Datoh will go down to the ground, division heads, Pemuda, Wanita and Puteri leaders don’t just be there only because I am around.
“They (leaders) know I am busy, but these people pretend to be busy. They will only show their faces when I am back here. What kind of leaders are these,” he said to a big round of applause.
Zahid, who is MP for Bagan Datoh, advised elected leaders at divisional level not to only show up to meet the people when there was an election or party election.
“Come out…the people always observe the behaviour of the leaders, no matter how small, the people will always observe (the leaders),” he said.
Umno divisional leaders must change their ways to be closer to the people, pointing out that online social media influenced the thoughts and patterns of supporters.
“In Bagan Datoh, 60 per cent of the voters in this area work here while another 40 per cent work outside and they can influence the trend of other voters,” he said.
Zahid also made reference to a new party being formed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and reiterated that any Umno splinter party formed out of frustration would not be able to last.
Umno had overcome conflicts in a spirit of unity. “If we dwell on our frustrations we will end up feeling disappointed. Enough is enough …cast your personal disappointment aside, put a stop to feelings of hatred because Umno is sacred,” he said.