Leadership Continuity Involving Old And New Faces Will Ensure Umno’s Relevance – Zahid
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 (Bernama) — The combination of old and new leaders will ensure that Umno remains relevant, besides enabling continuous rejuvenation of the party, says Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ahmad Zahid, who will be defending his party post in the Umno supreme council election this Saturday, said leadership continuity involving leaders from different generations could strengthen the party.
"The question of relevance should not be seen from the make-up of the party vice-presidency alone but the whole supreme council line-up. To me, there should be continuity involving both veteran and new leaders.
"When there’s a combination of both groups, Umno will remain relevant and will continue to be rejuvenated, what more with the chosen Wanita, Youth and Puteri chiefs automatically assuming the status of party vice-president," he said during the talk show, "Ruang Bicara", on BernamaTV last night.
Ahmad Zahid said the party delegates would definitely want the best group of people to lead Umno, including coming from different generations.
The divisional delegates’ meetings and elections as well as supreme council election this Saturday will determine the party’s leadership behind the president and deputy president who have already won unopposed, while the Wanita, Youth and Puteri heads received their mandate last weekend.
The three party vice-president posts will also be contested by two other incumbents, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, as well as Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, former Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad.
While he did not dismiss the importance of compatibility of the three No. 3 leaders in the party, Ahmad Zahid said it could be built anytime.
"What is important is that, whoever chosen for the No. 3 post must uphold the agenda and aspirations of the party president and deputy president," he said.
On rejuvenation of the party, Ahmad Zahid said Umno must change in accordance with the wants and situations of Malaysian society, especially in getting close to those young voters who would be voting for the first time in the next general election.