Umno vice-president Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should be given the opportunity to lead the party, based on his experience and service record, says his former press secretary.
Azmi Abdul Malek, who worked for Ahmad Zahid when he was defence minister, said his former boss had gone through various challenges to reach where he was in the party today.
"His current post as vice-president is the result of the support from grassroots leaders and members, while the duties of the president were entrusted to him with the backing of the Supreme Council members who met after the 14th general election," he said in a statement, yesterday.
Azmi added that while he respected Gua Musang Umno chief Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, both also vying for the top post, he felt the 'Ku Li' era had ended while 'KJ' was still too young.
Azmi said the party polls was one of the phases Umno was undergoing to restore its image and outsiders should not be allowed to interfere in the party’s internal affairs.
Elections for posts in the party’s wing movements will take place tomorrow while the polls for the party’s Supreme Council members will be held on June 30.