KUALA LUMPUR – Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) will not name its mentri besar candidate for the state until after it wins the 14th general elections, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.
“We will address that matter after we cross the bridge of GE14,” Zahid told reporters during a press conference after officiating the Selangor Umno convention here.
Zahid said that incumbent Selangor BN chief Tan Sri Noh Omar had already stated that he has no intention of becoming MB should BN win the state back after losing it in the last two elections.
He admitted that BN has not yet considered who would occupy the post.
“We have not thought about that,” he said.
Malaysia’s most developed state has been under PKR-DAP-PAS control since the parties won the state elections in 2008.
Zahid also said that BN has paid a “heavy price” in Selangor for failing in the court of public opinion.
“This is why we have been punished. There is a pessimistic and negative view associated with us,” Zahid said, stressing the need to address that perception and win the “hearts and minds” of the people in Selangor.
“We have to work hard to make [winning the state] a reality,” he said.