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Sunday
19 August 2018

Hishammuddin opts out of contesting in Umno election

Hishammuddin opts out of contesting in Umno election
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein will not be contesting any national level positions in the party polls for 2018-2021 term.

He said he would instead be focused on rebuilding the party as a member in Umno’s birthplace of Johor.

Hishammuddin, who is currently acting Umno deputy president, said he has discussed this matter with party leaders, acting president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Johor Umno liason committee chairman Datuk Mohamed Khalid Nordin, as well as on how he will contribute to the party.

He said he was grateful that they understood and respected his decision.

“Results from the 14th General Election did not side Barisan Nasional and I accept openly that this was the people’s choice.

“Personally, I was partly accountable and responsible for this choice.

“These results have sent a strong message to Umno, in that business can no longer be as usual and a total change is required to move forward.

“Suitably, Umno is undergoing our party elections. A fitting opportunity for Umno to rejuvenate itself by crafting its own leadership line-up.

“I am aware many members have offered themselves as candidates to bring Umno ahead and I believe they should be given the chance to lead.

“Therefore, it’s with a heavy heart that I have made the decision not to contest in any positions at the national level for this party election term,” he said in a statement.

Hishammuddin pledged that his loyalty will remain with Umno and to pledged his undivided support to the new party leadership.

He said Umno’s cause now is not about individuals, but about strength as a united team and not about position but contributions.

He urged members to take this loss as a symbol of strength to rebuild Umno and make the party closer to people’s heart.

Party members will be voting on June 30 for the new leadership line-up.


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