GUA MUSANG – Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has changed his mind about retiring from politics.
The Gua Musang MP said today he is prepared to defend the seat in the next general election, due by June 2018.
The change of mind came after the Gua Musang UMNO Division delegates meeting today approved a resolution calling on him to remain as the division’s chief and defend the seat.
Tengku Razaleigh, 79, said in July that he would not contest in the next general election and that it was time for someone to take over from him as he had served the constituents for 45 years.
He spoke to reporters after opening the delegates meeting.
Tengku Razaleigh also said that there was a political motive in the meeting between former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Kuala Lumpur High Court which was hearing Anwar’s appliction to nullify the National Security Council Act.
He said it was a political ploy of Dr Mahathir to garner support for his newly-formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and to forge collaboration with other opposition parties.
Gua Musang UMNO Division deputy chief Datuk Nozula Mat Diah, vice-chief Ab Aziz Yusoff, Wanita chief Datuk Wan Hazani Wan Mohd Nor and Youth chief Syeikh Razali Syeikh Hamad also attended the UMNO delegates meeting.
Tengku Razaleigh also reminded Gua Musang UMNO members not to underestimate the strength of the opposition political parties in the next general election.
He said Barisan Nasional would have a tough fight on its hands if the opposition parties ganged up and went for a one-to-one contest with the BN. Nevertheless, he felt that PAS would not patch up with DAP. – BERNAMA