Thursday, February 4, 2016

Zahid draws from own experience in advising Mukhriz

Drawing from his own experiences, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi advised outgoing Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir to engage in self-reflection and be istiqamah (steadfast).

The Deputy Prime Minister said he faced a similar crisis in 1998 but was re-elected as MP and then appointed Deputy Tourism Minister after the 2004 general elections.

“We shouldn’t make decisions when we are sad or angry because those are fuelled by emotions.

“We should remain calm and accept the qada dan qadar (predestination) and God willing, there will be a blessing for us,” he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is in Beijing on a four-day visit, said politicians should accept the reality of their situation instead of pointing fingers at others when their positions were taken away and given to someone else.

He said politicians should hold fast to their party’s principles while maintaining their credibility.

“We have to give priority to party unity and political stability for state and nation,” he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid urged old and new leaders to set aside their differences for the sake of Umno and Barisan Nasional.

He congratulated Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah on his appointment as the new mentri besar.

In PUTRAJAYA, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said Ahmad Bashah should work hard to strengthen the state Barisan Nasional now that the political crisis in the state has been resolved.

“People are concerned about their bread and butter. This is also an issue that the Barisan needs to address,” he said after attending his ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting yesterday.

He said although Mukhriz was no longer the mentri besar, he was still an assemblyman.

“He has the responsibility to look after the people in his state seat (Jerlun),” he said.

Dr Wee also said in a democracy, a mentri besar needed to have the support of half the total number of assemblymen in the state.

“Everyone knows that all Barisan assemblymen (in Kedah) did not support him,” he added.

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