Umno sacks 16 members challenging party’s legality

United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) logo.

PUTRAJAYA, April 22: The 16 United Malays National Organisation (Umno) members who challenged the legality of the party have been sacked with immediate effect, and tarred as wolves in sheep’s clothing acting for the opposition, reported the New Straits Times yesterday.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the membership of the 16 had been automatically terminated in accordance with Article 20.7 of the party’s constitution for bringing internal issues to court.

“I have discussed with the lawyers yesterday (Friday). I will issue letters of termination for these 16 people as they have breached the party’s constitution that states that members are not allowed to take party matters to court,” he said after launching the groundbreaking ceremony for a multi-level parking building at Phase 4B Neighbourhood in Precinct 8, here.

Tengku Adnan also claimed that this was ‘part of a greater game by the opposition’ who wanted to drag Umno into the matter after encountering problems with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

He reinterated that the party had adhered to the rules set by RoS and that the latter had allowed Umno to postpone its elections until April 19 next year.

He also said the 16 Umno members were believed to be opposition moles and he knew the mastermind behind the plot.

“The mastermind behind this is the outsider (opposition); they know they are weak and will lose again (in GE14), so they use all sorts of way (to discredit Umno).

“The problematic ones are Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP (Democratic Action Party). Umno and BN (Barisan Nasional) has no issues at all as we comply with the rules set by RoS.

“In fact, yesterday we received the BN candidates screening results from Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Insolvency Department and the police. The opposition did not even bother to send their candidate lists for screening,” he said, adding that the 16 sacked Umno members were wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Tengku Adnan said he did not foresee any problem for BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak to sign the appointment letters for the party candidates in GE14. — DayakDaily