Zahid: Avoid squabbling, keep Umno in power


BERA: Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged that internal problems be resolved so that Umno continues to govern the country.

Zahid said Umno members must learn from the country’s history as well as world history when empires fell because of internal problems.

He pointed out that internal unrest and dissatisfaction with the leadership had cause Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) to lose power in Perak, Terengganu and Kelantan before.

“Enough … learn from the experience of the world, resolve internal problems. Do not entertain feelings of anger and disappointment among us. Enough with what happened .

“We do not want it to happen again in Umno and BN because the price is too costly to bear when we lost power. Leaders have their weaknesses, because they are not infallible, so we give and take,” he said when speaking to Bera Umno division delegates at their annual meeting.

Party members should avoid being complacent when in power. “Our problem is when we have the power, we feel that we will have the power forever. Like in Pahang, a state that we respect because they can still maintain a two-third majority vote.

“Terengganu, which garnered a slim majority vote, was fighting, old and new leaders quarrel, resolve these problems, all this will only bring about downfall…those who want to fight, wait until after the elections,” he said.

He pointed out that Kelantan had been ruled by PAS for over 23 years.

“Previously Kelantan was ours, but due to internal problems, supposedly many weakness and shortcomings…we wanted to teach a lesson for one term only and in the end we have been unable to wrest the state back until now,” he said.

He said the party machinery should also frequently go to the ground to further strengthen the people’s confidence in Umno, particularly among the younger people.