GEORGE TOWN: Penang Umno chief Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman has announced that he will not be contesting any posts in the party polls this time.
The Nibong Tebal Umno head also said that he is stepping down as Penang Umno chief (an appointed position).
"I wish to make way for new faces. As for the Nibong Tebal division, the delegates will elect the new chief ," he said in a statement here today.
He said that by taking this decision, he also wanted to send a signal to the old guard to make way for new faces at all levels, division, state and central.
He added that this was necessary to counter the hate people had for Umno because they were generally sick of the existing Umno leaders.