PETALING JAYA: Umno will not be swayed by the opposition’s calls for the next general election (GE15) to be delayed, says party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
In a Facebook post, Zahid said the opposition was merely seeking to delay GE15 to buy time to organise its strategy and launch more attacks against Umno.
He called on Umno members to close ranks and remain loyal to any decision the party leadership made, adding that its strength was in grassroots loyalty.
“Let us not be manipulated by our political enemies,” he said. “Don’t even give an inch of room for the opposition to destroy Umno.”
Last Monday, an emergency meeting of all Umno division leaders was held at Menara Dato Onn to discuss candidate selection for GE15.
According to Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Yunos, 158 division leaders had called for GE15 to be held immediately. He said Zahid would relay this to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the next Umno Supreme Council meeting.
GE15 has to be held by September next year, but some Umno leaders have been calling for it to be held this year following Barisan Nasional’s convincing victory in recent state elections.