Published on: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Nevertheless, he reminded delegates to make wise choices during the election because the party line-up will determine the direction, commitment and the survival of Umno.
"Umno has to be strong, so we need the best combination of leaders on all levels, to assist the president and his deputy in upholding the party's struggle.
"Our votes reflect our unity as party members who are really committed and emphasise the continuity of the party's struggle," he said at the introduction of candidates for the Umno Supreme Council at Sabah Umno building, here, Wednesday.
Musa, who is also Sabah Umno Liaison Chairman, said the candidates and delegates need to adhere to the party's regulations and constitution, and abide by the president's and deputy president's message.
"Not everyone will lose and not everyone will win, so please contest and campaign positively. Put the party's interest and agenda as the core struggle, to ensure this beloved party of ours will continue to be strong," he said.
He reiterated that he decided not to contest for a Vice President post and Supreme Council membership so as to focus on the State's development and progress.
"Sabahans have given Barisan Nasional (BN) a big, continuous mandate with high hopes and confidence, so it is important for me to carry out the responsibility," he said.
Karambunai Assemblywoman Datuk Jainab Ahmad, on the other hand, said she is offering herself as candidate for the Wanita Umno Exco because she does not want Sabah to be considered an adik (younger sibling) within the party.
"Even though we are far from the peninsula, we have already shown maturity after going through many leaders," she said at the introductory session.
According to her, there are three main problems that she would like to highlight in Umno if she was given the opportunity to sit in Wanita Exco.
She said there are a lot of problems in Sabah regarding loopholes in the Native Laws, Syariah Laws and Civil Laws.
She said ever since she became the Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, she had seen many loopholes in the laws.
"So, I want to close these loopholes and because of that I am offering myself as a candidate for one of the Wanita Exco positions," she said.
Another perennial problem is regarding prices of goods in Sabah, which she said are not in tandem with prices offered in the peninsula.
The prices here are very high, she said.
On development in Sabah, she wants it to be environment-friendly and that the people's needs as well as developers should be taken into consideration so as to avert natural disasters.
She said Umno wants to display the image that BN is there to help and that the people are held in the highest regard.
"Because of these reasons, I want to sit in the exco so that I can bring the voices of Sabahans to Umno's highest level," she said.
Meanwhile, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, who is gunning for one of the vice-president positions, is optimistic of his chances in the election.
His contender, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, said his main intention in contesting the vice president's post was to defend the Malays, Islam and the Bumiputera as stipulated in the nation's constitution.
He said the opposition especially DAP, with its Dong Zong idea, is out to abolish the constitution which protects the rights of the Malays, Islam and the Bumiputera.