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Several UMNO Heavyweights To Be Dropped For GE15?

Several UMNO Heavyweights To Be Dropped For GE15?

Rumours are swirling that UMNO leaders that were seen close to caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will not be fielded as candidates.

Ikhwan Zulkaflee

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Speculation is rife that UMNO leaders that were seen as critical and not aligned to party President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be dropped from contesting in the 19 November 15th General Election.

These include caretaker Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, caretaker Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa and his deputy Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, caretaker National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, as well as Pasir Salak incumbent lawmaker Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

In his Facebook posting last night, four-term Arau MP said that for the first time in history the Barisan Nasional election machinery in his constituency had ceased operations.

“Tonight is a night of extreme sadness,” he wrote.

Another leader rumoured to be sidelined by UMNO for GE15, is Annuar. The incumbent Ketereh MP, on his Facebook, said that UMNO had once again ignored the party’s constitution in selecting the party’s candidates for GE15.

“It was also promised that the (UMNO) Top Five would be given the authority to negotiate on behalf of the Supreme Council (which has the power to choose election candidates), but the Top Five members confirmed that the list was further filtered by the higher-ups,” Annuar wrote last night.

He added that rumours have it that many leaders that are close to caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will not be fielded by UMNO as their candidates.

Ahmad Zahid is expected to announce the full list of Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates for the parliamentary seats nationwide today at the World Trade Centre.

Could it be that Ahmad Zahid is taking a page out of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s alleged playbook of sidelining party leaders critical of his leadership?

The Anwar-led PKR had also dropped several heavyweights from contesting in GE15. This includes incumbent Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah and Sungai Buloh MP R Sivarasa, while former party vice-president Chua Tian Chang, popularly known as Tian Chua was dropped from the race for the Batu parliamentary constituency.

Observers had deemed that the move was Anwar’s bid to rid the leaders in PKR that were vocal against his leadership.


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