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PUTRAJAYA - Umno and most of the Barisan Nasional component parties have submitted a shortlist of candidates for the 14th general election and have handed the list to the party and coalition leaderships for consideration, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The choice of candidates is ultimately the prerogative of party president and coalition chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said Dr Ahmad Zahid, the Umno vice-president and Barisan deputy chairman.

“Datuk Seri Najib has the answer (on who will be Barisan’s candidates).

“Nonetheless, Umno will have more new and women candidates this time around,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Star.

The interview at his office here covered a range of subjects including Umno’s preparedness for GE14.

Asked to confirm talk that all state Umno had come up with a list of three names for each seat the party wants to contest, Dr Ahmad Zahid said: “Why three names for each seat, why not five?”

“No, it is the party leadership who will do the shortlist, not the state.”

He added that most state Umno had submitted their lists.

He also said Umno and Barisan had an independent body looking into the issue of

BUKIT MERTAJAM - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today the time has come for the people of Permatang Pauh to switch their support to the Barisan Nasional.

He advised them to elect a BN representative there in the next general election, saying the reformation they had been fighting for in the past 17 years ended when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made a U-turn to join the opposition.

Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have been clamouring for a reformation after Dr Mahathir sacked

JASIN - The Malays in this country should he wary of individuals with "Si Kitol" and "Raja Mendeliar" traits trying to cause disunity in the community, said UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

According to Sejarah Melayu (The Malay Annals), Si Kitol and Raja Mendeliar were treacherous, divisive individuals in 16th century Melaka, causing a situation that left Melaka vulnerable to the invading Portuguese, which led to the collapse of the Melaka Sultanate.

Ismail Sabri

KUALA LUMPUR - DAP had misled the public on the concept of equal power sharing in Pakatan Harapan (PH), claimed Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau.

He said this was evident when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had proclaimed himself as the "top dog" in PH, and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and secretary general Lim Guan Eng did not challenge Dr Mahathir's remark.

"Let's not forget that not too long ago, DAP had trumpeted that there is no big brother or small brother in PH, that all are equal

TEMERLOH - It is the responsibility of Umno members to de­­fend the party from attacks by for­­­­mer leaders, said party vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Likening Umno to a house, he said those who al­­ready left were now trying to des­­troy the home in which they once resided.

“As warriors, we shouldn't just stand behind our leaders. We must stand by their side with our spears, lances and sniper rifles,” he said at the opening of the Temerloh Umno division delegates meeting

SHAH ALAM - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today stated that attempts by a former leader to drive a wedge between him and Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would not work as he had full confidence in his deputy.

They had been through both the good and bad times since 1986, said Najib, referring to the time he was Culture, Youth and Sports Minister before Ahmad Zahid joined him as his political secretary.

Besides that, Najib, who is also UMNO president , said he had once helped Ahmad

MARAN - UMNO has remained the country's ruling party over the past 60 years because it has clear political philosophy, direction and substance, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the three elements underlined by French political scientists, Alexis de Tocqueville, in his book titled 'Democracy in America' were compulsory elements a great political party should have.

"We have come a long way and as a party which was established since 1946, we are still here. Seventy-one

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