Last Saturday, Datuk Seri Shahidan who is now former Chairman of UMNO Liaison Body was removed from this post and was replaced by Menteri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Azlan Man
Even though he accept his removal openly, Shahidan disagree with the decision and wants Deputy Chairman of the UMNO State Liaison Body Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin as his replacement
Shahidan said the reason Zahidi is suitable for the role is that he is the deputy liaison chairman, hence he got experience.
He also said Zahidi managed to ensure that the five state assembly seats in Padang Besar did not fall into the hands of opponents in the last election.
In addition, UMNO Arau also disagree with the replacement.
According to Arau UMNO Division Deputy Chief, Salim Dahaman, the rejection was made due to Azlan’s inability to lead UMNO as well as the defeat of the seat contested in UMNO Kangar Division during the last general election (GE).
“The grassroots will continue to remain with Shahidan in order to restore the strength of UMNO Perlis” said Salim.
However, UMNO Youth Arau Division welcomed the decision of the party leadership regarding the appointment.
Its chief, Syed Atif Syed Abu Bakar said the appointment was expected to open a new chapter in the Perlis political field, especially at the state UMNO Liaison Body level.