Feb 23, 2008

ELECTION 2008 : Stop protesting, my decision's final - PM

The power struggle begins.

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(Malaysiakini) Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in an attempt to quell internal unrest, today warned party members to stop protesting against his decision to drop some incumbent candidates.

“I hope they stop these actions to protest against what is considered as the final decision,” he told a press conference after officiating the Rukunegara campaign at the Penang International Sports Arena this afternoon.

abdullah penang function 230208 press conferenceAsked if these protests would affect the party's chances, he said: "I hope there is no effect since tomorrow is the nomination day, followed by 13 days of campaigning. I hope the situation will be better then."

Abdullah, who is also the Barisan Nasional chairperson, was asked to comment on the discontent among the Umno grassroots over the party’s decision to drop a number key candidates in this election.

It was reported that protests have been held outside the Perak and Terengganu menteris besar's official residence by disgruntled Umno members.

Similarly busloads of Umno members had descended at the premier’s residence at Putrajaya yesterday to show support for their dropped candidates.

There was also high tension in Perlis yesterday when some Umno division leaders resigned and BN flags were tore down in the wake of news that Perlis menteri besar Shahidan Kassim would be dropped. Shahidan was eventually retained to defend his seat.

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