ALOR STAR: Kedah Umno will not be daunted by former Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir’s intention to contest a seat in the state in the 14th General Election.
Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said Mukhriz, who is now Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) vice-president, had the right to contest any seat, such as the Ayer Hitam state seat or the Jerlun parliamentary seat that he once held.
“Maybe Mukhriz wants to contest the Kubang Pasu parliamentary seat which was held by his father, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“We welcome (the intention) and we are not afraid to face the party (PPBM),” he said after attending the state-level National Women’s Day 2016 celebration here today.
It was recently reported that Mukhriz wanted to lead PPBM in Kedah and to contest in his birthplace in the next general election, but refused to reveal the specific constituency.
Without denying the existence of support towards the new party, Ahmad Bashah said the support came mostly from those who were disappointed with not getting any position in the party’s branches.
Ahmad Bashah, who is also state Umno liaison chairman, said the matter would not weaken Umno because the 70-year-old party had been serving the community and the people were able to evaluate its struggle all this while.
“I’m sure (Umno) is not the least worried and we will work hard to ensure that people will continue to support Umno and Barisan Nasional in the next general election.”
Meanwhile, Ahmad Bashah said the state government would set up a women’s bazaar as a one-stop centre for women entrepreneurs to earn additional income.