KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Jan 2009: Umno’s disciplinary board has suspended two more members after they were found to have breached party regulations.
Batu division Wanita Umno member Nor Aisah Rajab was suspended for six years or two terms for lodging false reports pertaining to Umno’s divisional elections held recently.
Taiping Umno member Muzamir Ismail, who is also a blogger, was suspended a year for posting inappropriate pictures in his blog, slander and being an agent for certain parties.
Their suspensions, both effective 23 Jan, were announced by the board’s chair Tan Sri Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail at a media conference at Umno’s headquarters here today.
On 22 Dec 2008, the board suspended Pokok Sena Umno chief Datuk Ahmad Lebai Sudin for two years and another Wanita Umno member for three years, also for breach of party regulations. Their suspensions were effective last 7 Dec.
Besides the suspensions, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen said three Umno members were given warnings for misconduct.
The trio are Bukit Bintang Umno secretary Mohd Zailan Mokhtar, Permatang Pauh Umno member Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said and Langkawi Umno member Shaidan Hashim.
However, nine members were found not guilty to the complaints lodged against them.
The nine are Datuk Ir Nawawi Ahmad, Kasa Hamzah and Shahberi Abdul Halim from Langkawi Umno; Md Jais Sarday and Mazlan Ahmad (Kluang Umno); Hamidah Osman (Gopeng Umno), Noorazamuddin Ahmad and Mohd Rodzi Abdul Rahman (Permatang Pauh Umno) and Norman Mohamad Nor (Rasah Umno).
Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen said, a total of 224 of 974 complaints had been investigated by the board since the beginning of last year.
“A total of 147 complaints have yet to be probed, 92 need additional documents before a probe can be commenced while there will be no further action for 187 complaints,” he said, adding that 194 cases did not come under the purview of the board and no decision had been taken whether to act on 124 complaints .
On Umno’s Bota state assemblyperson Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim crossing over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen said he was disappointed by his action and hoped others would not follow suit as Umno and the Barisan Nasional had served the people well since independence. — Bernama