Umno won’t back independent candidate in Penanti

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Umno will not use dirty tactics by backing any independent candidate in the Penati state assembly by-election after deciding not to contest in the May 31 polls.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Umno was not a greedy party and said any allegation that it would back an independent candidate was baseless.
“When we do not want to be involved we will ensure that we are not involved directly or indirectly,” Zahid, who is Defence Ministry, told this to reporters today after a ceremony to draw lots for his ministry’s projects to stimulate the economy.
He was asked to comment on the charge by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who alleged that Umno may back an independent candidate.
Zahid said although the party would not contest its efforts to go to ground to help the poor will continue.
“I wish to advise Umno supporters, even if we don’t contest we must place priority on the people’s welfare,” he said. — Bernama