Accept it if you are not nominated, says Zahid
By Admin | Published on : Apr 01, 2018 06:38 pm
KANGAR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reminded Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders not to be drowned in their own emotions if they are not selected as party candidate in the next 14th general election (GE14).
The Deputy Prime Minister said it is common for a person to be disappointed when not chosen as candidate but the individual should accept it as ‘qada and qadar’ (Allah’s will).
“Return to Rukun Iman…do not blame anyone, rezeki (sustenance) do not belong to us at all time.
“When we became candidates, everyone supported us and so when we are not nominated we should do the same to others…that is the spirit that the BN machinery must have,” he said in his speech when launching the state BN machinery here today.
Present were state BN chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man.
Zahid said being frustrated for not being selected as candidate coupled with feelings of dissatisfaction from supporters can weaken even a strong party.
“A leader comes and goes…this is a fact. It is a matter of whether they will go earlier or later.
“We must accept the fact that when the Parliament and the state legislative assemblies are dissolved, all that is left are empty seats…it does not belong to a member of Parliament or a state assemblyman, it is the right of the party to decide,” he said.
Zahid who is also BN deputy chairman said he is confident that BN Perlis could retain all the seats that they had won and win back the two state seats, Sanglang and Indera Kayangan which they lost to the opposition in the previous general elections.
“BN Perlis need to practice three formulas to ensure a 100 per cent win, which is to retain the seats that they won, to regain the seats which they lost and to achieve a bigger majority in this election.
“BN lost the Sanglang state seat to Pas not because our opponent was strong but due to differences of opinion. In Indera Kayangan we lost to PKR due to hate sentiment.
“I believe that our friends in MCA and the Chinese non-governmental organisation will work with us to regain Indera Kayangan while in Sanglang the people there will solve whatever issues they have and work to win back the seat,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, Zahid said the Federal government will look into proposals to boost economic development in Perlis including reopening the Free Flow Zone at the Malaysia-Thai border in Wang Kelian and developing a logistic hub in Padang Besar.
Zahid, who is also Home Minister said the government acknowledged Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail wishes for the Wang Kelian's Free Flow Zone to be reopened after it was ceased in 2015.
“We acknowledge Tuanku Raja Perlis (Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail) wishes on the reopening of the Free Flow Zone in Wang Kelian…no problem.
“We can fulfill all the requests from the state as long as BN will achieve 100 per cent win in the 14th General Election (GE14)."
Zahid added that the Federal government would also carry out a feasibility study to develop a seaport in Kuala Perlis.
“The government also agrees to carry out feasibility study to upgrade the Kuala Perlis jetty into a seaport.
"We cannot simply approve it because we do not want it to become a ‘white elephant’ project.