Bagan Pinang by Election: It is time for BN to die a natural death…
From a citizen:
by Yang Amin – 4 weeks ago at Malaysiakini.com
It is time for BN to die a natural death after stealing, cheating, etc so much money, assets, etc of Malaysia, from the north to the south and from the west to the east!…
Bagan Pinang by-election: Umno gets more than one name
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 28, 2009): The Umno Teluk Kemang division has submitted more than one name as potential candidates for the Oct 11 Bagan Pinang by-election, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
This quashed speculation the division would only submit one name — that of division head and former Umno vice-president Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad.
Muhyiddin said the party leadership is finalising its decision before announcing its choice at a function in Teluk Kemang today.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Umno deputy president and education minister, said he does not foresee any “resistance” from party members against the choice of the party leadership.
“We accept whatever views with an open heart. Normally, whatever decision the leaders make will be accepted by the party members at all levels, in all component parties,” he told reporters at the Education Ministry’s Hari Raya gathering.
“What is important is how to mobilise the party resources to ensure victory for the party and the candidate. That’s most important.”
More than 1,000 people, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and cabinet mini9sters, attended the gathering.
Asked to comment on Gerakan’s move to search for potential candidates in the coming general election, Muhyiddin said what was important now is for all Barisan Nasional component parties to concentrate on bringing reforms as expected by the people.
This does not mean they cannot make their plans early as it is up to them to decide but it is better to discuss the matter at the highest level of the party.
“Whatever it is, (it is) better to discuss it at the highest level of the party … whether it is suitable to discuss now the candidates for the 13th general election. It is still a long way to go,” he said.
Yesterday, Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the party would study the backgrounds and service records of the potential members, which will then be the basis for the selection of the candidates.
Muhyiddin said the most important agenda is how BN could be seen by the people as being prepared to go through the process of changes expected after the last general election, be it in Umno, MCA, MIC and other component parties.
“Otherwise, we are worried that people might say there have been no changes and because of that they may not want to approach the party, or be convinced with it or have trust in the party or the government,” he said.
“So, what is important, to me, is for the changes to be visibly seen.”
He said the government’s transformation process has begun to create an impact but at the party level, the progress has been a bit slow.
“The changes should be consistent at both the government and party level. It is important for each component party to take the initiatives to solve their problems, strengthen unity and arrange suitable agenda to support and help the people,” Muhyiddin said.
He said Umno will not begin to identify potential candidates for the coming general election as it is too early to discuss it now.
“I don’t think it is suitable to discuss it now. Umno, like other parties, are taking the necessary steps for example with regards to the changes in the party constitution, which is meant to re-design the image of the party,” he said.
“Other efforts should also be taken so that the party is seen as people-friendly, helpful to the people and understand their problems.”