Muhyiddin's leadership crucial for party's future, says FT Bersatu chapter

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Bersatu asserts that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's leadership is crucial in guiding Bersatu and Perikatan Nasional toward a prosperous and unified future.

Its information chief Mahathir Mohd Rais said Bersatu, under Muhyiddin's leadership, has achieved significant milestones, including surpassing Umno in parliamentary representations.

He said Muhyiddin's decision not to contest in the upcoming party election has set aside discussions about the future leadership landscape within Bersatu.

"As of now, the primary focus for Bersatu is the leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The Bersatu Supreme Council's decision to reject his choice not to contest the presidency underscores his importance and the direction he sets for the party.

"Presently, no one within the party has expressed an intention to challenge for the presidency, rendering the question of future competition somewhat irrelevant at this juncture," he told the New Straits Times when contacted today.

Therefore, he said, speculations about future leadership contests should not distract from the significant work undertaken.

"The party's unity and efforts are firmly aligned behind Muhyiddin's vision and direction, which is where our attention and support should remain focused."

Mahathir further stressed that the commitment within Bersatu is directed towards fortifying and sustaining its foundations, with each member playing a crucial role in this process.

"The emphasis lies on collective efforts, reaffirming loyalty to Muhyiddin's presidency as the party unites to strengthen its position and advance its goals under his guidance," he said, emphasising Muhyiddin's central role in Malaysia's political arena.

Muhyiddin yesterday announced that he will not defend his position in the upcoming party elections, scheduled to be held next year.

During the Bersatu president's policy speech today at its annual general assembly (AGM), Muhyiddin said that the time for him to let go of the position has come.

His announcement, however, was met with protests from the delegates, who cried "No, tarik balik" (no, retract the announcement).

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