KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28, 2015:
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yaasin are still answerable to Umno’s rules and disciplinary actions as they are still valid party members.
According to BN Strategic Communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, the basics of discipline, such as those in the Umno constitution, was ongoing and remained strong to this day.
“No political party can survive if discipline is not practised either by its leaders or followers.
“Tun (Dr) Mahathir and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, if they are still Umno members, they are also subject to laws and regulations, just like other Umno members,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
He said this when asked to comment on expectations that disciplinary action would be taken against Dr Mahathir, Muhyiddin and a few other Umno members who have been outspoken critics of the party and the administration of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
At the same time, Abdul Rahman believed the country needed to have a culture where a former Prime Minister, should “retire with dignity” when no longer in office.
“I hope for it but I think it’s just a dream. We have a problem in this country … we need a culture whereby a former Prime Minister will retire with dignity,” said the Kota Belud MP.
He said every member and leader may have their own views but they should use the proper channels to express their opinion or stance.
“We’ll see how … I think that in terms of discipline, I believe there are some names that will be submitted by the grassroots for assessment because of the issue of discipline.
“We have been in the party and ruled the country for a long time only because we made discipline a priority.”
Earlier this morning, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that seven members of the party were facing suspension.
However, he declined to reveal the names of those involved as deciding on the suspension of membership depended on the results of Presidential Council discussions.