KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants representatives from the party to be part of the three state governments that are currently led by Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“Dear prime minister, don’t forget, we want Umno representatives in these three states.
“Currently, we don’t have any,” he said in his keynote address at the Umno annual general assembly, referring to Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.
Zahid also said that the upcoming state elections will be a platform to foster a better understanding between Umno and PH, which have been allies for the past seven months.
He added that Umno faces two different situations with regard to the state polls in the six states, as three are governed by their allies, PH, while the remaining three – Terengganu, Kelantan and Kedah – are administered by their rivals, PAS.
“We will stand with our allies to defend Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.”
Zahid also appealed to the youth of Kelantan, Kedah and Terengganu, who are residing elsewhere, to think of the hardships endured by their parents in their hometowns when casting their ballots in the upcoming state polls.
“Let us not cause further hardships to our parents with your single vote,” he said.
Earlier, Zahid took a dig at PAS for its failure to resolve Kelantan’s water woes although it had governed the state for 33 years.
Elections are due to take place in the six states within the next three months.