TANJUNG MALIM: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has told PPBM to show its “true value” in wanting to forge a partnership in Muafakat Nasional by ensuring that the votes of its supporters go to Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Slim by-election.
Zahid said the support that PPBM gained in the last general election must be extended to BN in the Slim by-election to be held on Aug 29.
“That will be proof that they are with us,” he said in an address to BN Youth at the launch of its election machinery at Trolak Felda.
Earlier today, PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the party will be joining Muafakat Nasional, the pact forged between Umno and PAS.
Zahid said this is the time for PPBM to “give” its 6,000 votes received in the last GE when contesting under the PKR logo to BN.
He said Umno will need to question the value of PPBM’s participation in Muafakat Nasional if it fails to garner the 6,000 votes.
Zahid also gave an assurance that there will be no more party hopping among party leaders in the future, urging those who want to jump ship to “repent”.
The Slim by-election will see a three-cornered contest involving BN’s Zaidi Aziz, Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi representing Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new party Pejuang and standing as an independent, and another independent, S Sentharasekara.
Zaidi, 43, is the Tanjung Malim acting Umno division chief, Amir Khusyairi, 38, is a Perak-born syarie lawyer, and Sentharasekara, 44, a professor.