DPM: Umno’s election candidates will be chosen based on popularity

(The Star) – Umno’s candidates for the next general election will be chosen based on their popularity with the people, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He added a person’s past posts or positions within the party would be immaterial to their selection as election candidates.

“If Umno likes the candidate but the people don’t, then this cannot be a basis to keep the candidate.

“Even when a candidate has been a division chief for a long time, or had previously won uncontested, the feedback we have received from some people is that they want someone new’,” he said.

“The most important thing is whether the candidate can be accepted and can win,” he told reporters after attending a dialogue session with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) academic staff and students here.

Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president, said that the party’s candidates would be a mix of the young and “not so young”.

“There needs to be a mix; it will be a problem if they (candidates) are all new or all old.

“We need candidates who are young, energetic, qualified and lovable, as well as those who are more experienced,” he said.