Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir says Umno always gives room to younger candidates
<img src="http://192.168.100.100:8080/polopoly/polopoly_fs/1.14652.1322928994!/image/image.jpg" /> UMNO has always opened its doors to youth with a view to fielding them as election candidates, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir said.
Citing himself as an example, he said he was 42 when he first contested the Pangkor state seat in the 2004 general election.
“If not for this ‘open door’ policy, I will not be here today,” said Zambry, who was made menteri besar in 2009.
The two-term assemblyman said he was delighted to hear Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s statement appealing for the senior party members to give more opportunities to the younger generation.
“As to comparing age and experiences, there are many leaders in Perak Umno who are more experienced than me,” Zambry said when met on the sidelines of the Umno general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
On criticisms that his leadership had yet to be tested, he said he would rather leave it to the public to judge.
“What is important is that the Perak government is led by Barisan Nasional as the party is managing well the political situation in the state.”
On the preparations for the next general election, Zambry said the state Umno was all geared up.
“Since I took over in 2009, we have already laid down our thoughts plans and emotions.
“We need to be prepared in every aspect to face any eventualities, including in the next general election. We have prepared ourselves.”