KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — Former Selangor Umno chief Tan Sri Noh Omar, who was sacked from the party in January, last night confirmed that he will be contesting the Tanjong Karang seat as a Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate in the upcoming state polls.
English daily New Straits Times reported that the former Tanjong Karang MP aims to transform the constituency into a PN stronghold.
“For 30 years, I have defended Tanjong Karang as an Umno stronghold.
“They can hate me but don't make the people there the victims of their political greed,” he was quoted as saying.
Noh, who was dropped from BN's candidate lineup during the 15th general election, said Umno has lost its shine and is only strong in name because Umno leaders no longer hold on to the struggles and constitution of the party.
“I love Umno, if not I would not have spent 30 years in Umno fighting for the Malays and the rakyat.
“But if the greed continues, Umno will be lost. Umno has deviated from its struggles and is no longer a safe haven for the Malays.
“For example, the no contest motion for the president's post is an abuse of power by the Umno leadership,” he was quoted as saying.
He added that nothing is permanent in politics, pointing out that the main political leaders in Malaysia were formerly affiliated with Umno and later on left to set up their own parties, such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
“Now it is my turn to be fired. When I was in Umno, I could not talk too much or I would be fired.
“So, those in Umno should not be too happy because when the Umno leader changes, their fates are not certain,” he said.
On Saturday, it was reported that Noh's daughter, Nurul Syazwani Noh, is expected to run for a Selangor seat on Bersatu's ticket in the upcoming state election.