PENANG, 18 Sept 2008: The Bukit Bendera Umno division will file an appeal to the Umno Supreme Council (MT) to retract the decision to suspend the former division head, Datuk Ahmad Ismail, from all party posts for three years.
Division secretary Ismadi Abu Bakar said although technically Ahmad was no longer the Bukit Bendera Umno division head, members of the division still regarded Ahmad as their head.
As such, he said the Bukit Bendera Umno division had agreed to appoint Ahmad as the division’s advisor.
"The committees of the four wings of the Bukit Bendera Umno division, together with the respective branch heads of the four wings in the division which held their meetings on Tuesday, had unanimously decided to appoint him as the advisor of the Umno division," he said in a statement today.
Ahmad, who triggered a storm of protests following his racially charged statement about the Chinese being “pendatang” at a ceramah in Permatang Pauh on Aug 23, had his party membership suspended for three years. – Bernama