Selangor Umno information chief Zein Ismail reminds the state’s Umno leaders not to lobby for seats


KUALA LUMPUR: Umno leaders in Selangor should not be selfish by promoting themselves to be chosen as candidates in the coming general election but should leave it to party president Najib Razak to decide, said the party’s state information chief Zein Isma Ismail.

The Umno veteran also said that those who openly declared that they are capable of becoming the next menteri besar are usually the least capable of shouldering the responsibility.

“The issue of who will become the candidate or who will become the menteri besar should not be an issue for Umno. Everyone must leave it to the president to decide or to give blessing. No one should be selfish or try to name themselves.

“Whoever says that he is capable of becoming the next menteri besar should stop saying such things because such a person is not capable of leading the state,” Zein Isma told Berita Daily in an interview recently, where he expressed confidence that BN can recapture the state from Pakatan Harapan.

Speaking further, Zein Isma, a former Umno candidate in Kota Damansara, said that Selangor Umno chief Noh Omar and Najib will have to assess prospective candidates before selecting them.

Zein Isma also revealed that he is not hoping to be named as a candidate and that he will support whoever is chosen by the party.

“Noh Omar and Najib will have to decide, and they will see who is the best candidate for Umno and I hope there should not be any ill-will among Umno members.

“I personally do not put any hope on becoming a candidate. I leave it to the president. But everyone must come as one. Be it in Umno or in Barisan Nasional.”

Previously, Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that Selangor BN will not name its menteri besar candidate until after it wins the 14th general election.

“We will address that matter after we cross the bridge of GE14,” Zahid told reporters after officiating the Selangor Umno convention last December.

Zahid said Noh Omar had already stated that he has no intention of becoming menteri besar should BN win the state back after being defeated in the last two general elections.

He admitted that BN has not yet considered who would occupy the post.

Last week, BN chairman Najib wanted the coalition to do away with petty squabbling.

In a rallying call to unite all rank-and-file and party leaders under a single banner, Najib said BN leaders and members in the state should look into the past and review the factors that had caused BN to lose Selangor twice.

“One of the (main) reasons was internal squabbling. We could have won but there were those who ‘cut’ and ‘shot’ at their own allies, because they were jostling for power.

“There was infighting as well. We lost. Do not fight with each other anymore. We must stand united,” Najib said in his speech during the launch of the Selangor BN machinery, reported the New Straits Times.