Appointing election losers helps strengthen UMNO, says Zahid

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

KUALA LUMPUR: UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the decision to appoint those who lost in the party’s election to certain positions is part of an effort to strengthen the party.

“Those who won didn’t win it all, those who lost did not lose all, so this inclusiveness was to strengthen the party, which according to others is in a state of chaos.

“Decisions were made at the division, Youth, Puteri, Wanita and national levels.

I see a new wave and I have to be with them to build new strength in UMNO and bring together the leaders at every level,” he said.

Zahid was speaking to reporters after he attended a ministry Ramadan event.

His remarks come in the wake of the appointments of several UMNO election losers as members of the party’s Supreme Council.

Shahrizat Abdul Jalil was appointed to the council and appointed to lead the women and family affairs council.

Mahdzir Khalid was named chairman of Kedah Umno and Reezal Merican Naina Merican as Umno elections chief.

Shahrizat had lost in the contest to be Wanita chief, while Mahdzir and Reezal Merican lost in the vice-presidential race. – BERNAMA