KUALA LUMPUR, March 13, 2015
Umno’s move to sack two of its members for contesting the Chempaka by-election as independents will not tarnish the image of the party, said Federal Territory Umno liaison secretary Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee.
He said the action taken by the party would serve as a lesson to other members to respect decisions made by the party’s top leadership.
“Umno did the right thing and its action will not affect the party’s image. It also proves that the party is adhering to its promise not to contest in the by-election or support anyone who contests as an independent.
“When the party makes a decision, all members must respect it. Umno has its own laws and constitution. We don’t need people who don’t respect the party’s decisions as members,” he told Bernama, here.
He was commenting on the termination of Sharif Mahmood and Fadzillah Hussin’s Umno membership on Wednesday, a day after the two filed their nomination papers to contest as independents in the Chempaka by-election in Kelantan. Their termination was effective immediately.
Syed Ali, who is also head of Cheras Umno division, said Umno had its own principles and was not willing to compromise with any member who committed an offence.
“Whatever the situation is, Umno has principles. I welcome the action taken by the party (against the two members).”
The decision to sack the duo was made by the Umno Supreme Council’s management committee under Article 20.10 of the party’s constitution.
Sharif, 59, and Fadzillah, 55, are among five candidates contesting the by-election on March 22.
The other candidates are PAS head of Ulama affairs in the Chempaka constituency Ahmad Fathan Mahmood@Mahamad, 42, and independents Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary, 48, who had contested as an independent candidate in the Pengkalan Kubor by-election last September, and retired civil servant Aslah Mamat, 64.
Barisan Nasional had earlier resolved not to contest the Chempaka by-election as it wanted to focus on its post-flood rehabilitation works in Kelantan.
Kelantan was hit by serious floods last December.
The Chempaka state seat fell vacant following the demise of Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, 84, from prostate cancer on Feb 12.