KUALA LUMPUR – June 16, 2018: Undefeated Gua Musang parliamentarian, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, will contest for the Umno’s number one post in the coming June 30 party polls.
The 81-year-old who will be up against the party’s acting president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, had confirmed his candidacy for the post at a press conference at his home in Jalan Langgak Golf, here, today.
Also contesting for the post -which was made vacant in the wake of the resignation of Datuk Seri Najib Razak after Barisan Nasional’s (BN) defeat at the recent general election- is businessman-blogger Rahmat Azim Abdul Aziz.
“I made the decision in the interest of Umno as a national political organisation that supports the national aspirations of upholding racial unity and harmony as the foundation of the nation. I am confident that I can continue to uphold this tradition of leading Umno as a political party which is rich in experience,” said Tengku Razaleigh.
BN and Umno were perceived by many to be in disarray after its first loss at the May 9 polls. with some political pundits claiming that BN’s demise was inevitable after several of its component parties left the coalition since early this month.
Tengku Razaleigh, who is also fondly known as Ku Li has been winning the Gua Musang parliamentary constituency in 12 consecutive elections since 1969, making him the country’s second oldest elected official with the oldest to-date being Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Kelantan prince has maintained his hold on the parliamentary seat –which was previously known as Ulu Kelantan Barat– after he left Umno and contested for its splinter, Semangat 46, in 1990 and 1995, following the Umno Team A- Team B infighting in 1987 when he led a faction against the then Dr Mahathir’s leadership of the party.
He later rejoined Umno and contested the Gua Musang seat again in 1999 but his best electoral performance was in 1990, where he earned the support of 76.28 per cent of his constituents.
Nominations for the party elections close tomorrow.
(Additional information from Bernama)