Langkawi UMNO Secretary made a unilateral statement

In reaction to articles published in mainstream media this morning about UMNO Youth Exco Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir contesting in Langkawi parliamentary seat this XII General Elections, Langkawi UMNO Secretary Mohd. Saiful Mustaffa made a unilateral statement against Mukhriz’s nomination in the island resort representing BN.

Bernama.com has this story:

18 Februari, 2008 17:01 PM

UMNO Langkawi Tolak Mukhriz

LANGKAWI, 18 Feb (Bernama) — UMNO Bahagian Langkawi enggan menerima jika Datuk Mukhtir Tun Dr. Mahathir bertanding bagi kerusi Parlimen Langkawi dalam pilihan raya 8 Mac ini sejajar dengan keputusan mesyuarat bahagian itu pada 12 Feb lepas menolak calon dari luar.

Setiausaha bahagian itu, Mohd Saiful Mustafa berkata dalam satu kenyataan bahawa UMNO Bahagian Langkawi berpendapat Mukhriz bukan anak tempatan Langkawi dan tidak menganggotai Jawatankuasa UMNO Bahagian itu.

Mukhriz dilaporkan oleh akhbar sebagai berkata jika diberi peluang, beliau sedia bertanding bagi kerusi Parlimen Langkawi dalam pilihan raya umum 8 Mac ini.

Mohd Saiful berkata majoriti masyarakat di Langkawi mahukan penyandang Datuk Paduka Abu Bakar Taib sekali lagi dipilih untuk bertanding bagi kerusi itu berdasarkan kepada prestasi perkhidmatan beliau.

Katanya 85 daripada 91 cawangan UMNO di Langkawi menyokong supaya Abu Bakar dikekalkan.

— BERNAMA

The truth is far from what it seemed. In the Langkawi UMNO Division Exco Meeting last week, they only decided by simple majority and urged Kedah UMNO Liaison to nominate a local as their candidate for the XII GE. They definitely did not decide to nominate Dato’ Abu Bakar Taib, for his fourth term, nor did they reject Dato’ Mukhriz’s name as a possible candidate to replace Bakar.

A Langkawi UMNO Division Exco Maton Mahmud, who is also Sg. Itau UMNO Branch Head said Saiful’s statement was his personal opinion and not reflective of Langkawi UMNO Division’s stance and definitely not representative of the Langkawi voters’ opinion as well. In fact, generally Langkawi folks are very appreciative and grateful of what former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad did for Langkawi and transformed the once agriculture-based-back-water-boondocks into a globally known tourist destination, with world class resorts. It is obvious now they want Mukhriz continue what his father started and tirelessly worked on, and represent them, at national and international level.

He and another UMNO Langkawi Division Exco Ismail “Cikgu Man” Yaacob, who was also former ADUN Kuah, sffirmed that BN component parties; MCA, MIC and Gerakan, had endorsed Mukhriz’s nomination as the BN candidate for Langkawi. Both were privy to last week’s UMNO Langkawi Division Exco Meeting.

It was said that Saiful tried to organize a petition for the 91 UMNO Branch Heads to protest against Kedah UMNO Liaison’s decision to nominate Dato’ Mukhriz as the Langkawi BN candidate to UMNO top leadership, for a final consideration and decision. However he gravely failed to get majority of the Langkawi UMNO Branch Heads’ co-operation and consideration. At the moment, so many people on the ground talk about Dato’ Mukhriz being nominated as the Langkawi BN candidate.

This latest statement by Saiful is a mark of desperation, to reverse the “final list”, which is expected to be announced by Kedah BN Liaison Chairman Dato’ Seri Mahadzir Khalid in two or three days time. Each BN candidate will receive their letter of appointment as candidate on Friday afternoon, two days before nomination day.

*An update as of Tuesday, 9.30am 19 February 2008

Several Langkawi UMNO Division Excos, who were present at the meeting last week and now detest Division Secretary Saiful Mustaffa’s unilateral statement to Bernama yesterday, will be holding a media conference this morning in Kuah.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 21:07  Comments (16)  

Mukhriz will be a boon for Langkawi

UMNO Youth Exco Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir has been tipped to be the next BN candidate for Langkawi. This came after the incumbent, former Agriculture Parliamentary Secretary Dato’ Abu Bakar Taib is said to be stepping down, after serving four terms representing Langkawi.

Utusan has the story on this much talked about rumour:

18/02/2008

Mukhriz sedia jadi calon Parlimen Langkawi

JEMPOL 17 Feb. – Exco Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir sedia menjadi calon di kerusi Parlimen Langkawi jika diberi peluang bertanding pada pilihan raya umum 8 Mac ini.

Mukhriz berkata, terpulang kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan timbalannya, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk membuat keputusan mengenai calon yang akan bertanding di kawasan itu.

Sambil menyatakan bahawa soal siapa calon adalah tidak penting sebaliknya komitmen bekerja untuk rakyat adalah lebih mustahak tanpa mengira apa juga jawatan, beliau berserah kepada takdir.

‘‘Saya bersedia menjadi calon bagi Parlimen Langkawi sekiranya dicalonkan tetapi saya menyerahkan segala keputusan tersebut kepada Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO untuk menentukannya.

‘‘Apa yang lebih penting sekarang adalah peluang bekerja untuk rakyat dalam apa juga jawatan,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia selepas majlis penutupan Seminar Kenegaraan Sempena Pilihan Raya di Kompleks Belia dan Sukan di sini hari ini.

Mukhriz menambah, beliau tidak akan kecewa jika tidak dicalonkan sebaliknya akan bekerja kuat memastikan semua calon Barisan Nasional (BN) memenangi kerusi masing-masing pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Beliau juga menasihatkan semua ahli parti agar terus bekerja keras manakala calon yang tidak terpilih perlu membantu jentera parti memastikan kemenangan BN.

Pada pilihan raya umum 2004, kerusi Parlimen Langkawi disandang oleh Datuk Abu Bakar Taib.

Sementara itu, Mukhriz melihat peluang pembangkang memenangi pilihan raya umum 8 Mac ini adalah mustahil memandangkan pakatan pembangkang tidak mempunyai asas dan matlamat yang jelas untuk membawa pembaharuan kepada rakyat.

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This is The Star’s report on the same topic:

Mukhriz tipped for Langkawi

ALOR STAR: Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir is tipped to contest in the Langkawi parliamentary seat in the general election.

He is among the new faces to contest seats in Kedah.

Mukhriz is a familiar face in Langkawi as his father, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was instrumental in transforming the virtually-unknown archipelago into a world-renowned tourist destination.

Mukhriz, who has been directly involved in the tourism industry for 18 years, is seen as the right person to take the island to greater heights

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Some quarters within Langkawi UMNO lauded the idea of Mukhriz be the BN candidate for the island which mainstay economy is built around tourism industry. His father, former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad did a lot to develop Langkawi and exploited its most valuable asset, tourism, since the Government made the island the ‘retreat’ for the 1989 Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting.

Then in 1991, the bi-annually Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition was launched and within a few years, it became an important agenda within the civil and defense aerospace and maritime industry in the region. In 1996, the premier bicycle race in Asia, Le Tour De Langkawi was started and eventually drew a lot of attention, especially from European viewers. Then the Langkawi International Regatta. Now, Langkawi is a major yachting marina in this region.

Several five-star international hotel group is now operating in the beautiful island, which include Sheraton, Five Seasons, Mutiara, Berjaya and the elusive but highly exclusive, The Datai. So many local entrepreneurs have benefited from this explosive growth, which also saw Langkawi received a duty free haven status. The retail industry boomed then onwards.

Langkawi which was one time an agriculture based economy, especially fishery and small scale farming, was completely transformed and elevated.

Mukhriz has been hands-on in the tourism industry since 1990, when he started a sport diving tourism company. Later, he joined Reliance Pacific Bhd., the only listed travel agency in Bursa Malaysia. He is also involved in world class resorts such as Tanjong Jara, near Dungun, Terengganu and the Avillion resorts.

Mukhriz’s single largest contribution for the tourism industry of Malaysia is when he was given the task to promote Malaysia at a global level and came up with the Malaysia, truly Asia campaign for Tourism Malaysia. It has won several awards since and is the premier tourism campaign for the country, despite after seven years.

Mukhriz is amongst the few UMNO Youth Excos to be tipped seats within Kedah in the XII General Elections. Others include Dato’ Azimi Daim, Kulim and Putera UMNO Head Dato’ Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, Baling. Another UMNI Youth Exco, Ahmad Ikmal Ismail has also been said to be pitted in Kuala Kedah. Kedah Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Mahadzir Khalid, who is also the State BN Liaison Chairman would announce the list of candidates on Thursday, 21 February 2008.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 09:14  Comments (3)