Sunday, July 17, 2016

Shahrir Samad to quit poltics. A loss to us???

After more than 40 years in politics, Umno veteran Shahrir Samad is thinking of calling it quits.

Asked if he will contest in the next elections and stay active in politics, Shahrir said: “I hope not.”

“You think this is my only life?” he added when asked what he would do if he wasn’t a politician.

“I cannot be like Lim Kit Siang, go on and on,” he quipped.

Speaking to reporters in the Parliament lobby today, the Johor Baru MP said he wants to make way for young leaders.

“My pledge is that you must trust the young. If you cannot show that, then what’s the point of talking,” he said.

Shahrir said the fact that his former political secretary Khaled Nordin is now the Johor menteri besar is a testament of his own track record and what the young can achieve.

The 66-year-old first notable role in politics was when he became former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam’s political secretary in 1973.

Shahrir then contested and won the Johor Baru parliamentary seat in 1978.

He briefly served as Domestic Trade and Consumerism Minister from 2008, but resigned in 2009 after failing to get a spot on Umno’s supreme council.

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