KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says Isham Jalil was sacked for insulting and demeaning the occasion, not over his criticisms in opposition to the previous.
Chatting with reporters after a MyEG Companies Bhd occasion, Zahid mentioned criticising the president was not a foundation for any disciplinary motion.
“It was the act of insulting and belittling one’s personal occasion that prompted the Supreme Council to take motion in order that any efforts to undermine the occasion are prevented,” he mentioned.
Zahid mentioned the choice to expel Isham was made by the Umno Supreme Council and didn’t require referral to the occasion’s disciplinary board.
“There’s no want for the disciplinary board as a result of they might escalate the matter to the Supreme Council for a call anyway. The council’s determination is last,” he mentioned.
The deputy prime minister additionally dismissed allegations that disciplinary motion in opposition to members who insult the occasion would harm Umno in the long term.
“Retaining such people in Umno would trigger much more hurt to the occasion.”
Earlier right now, Isham confirmed his expulsion from the occasion after receiving a letter from Umno secretary-general Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
The letter, dated Dec 8 sighted by FMT, acknowledged that Isham had been disloyal, did not obey orders or directives, and didn’t respect occasion selections.
Isham mentioned he wouldn’t enchantment the choice, saying that it could be “pointless” as the choice was made by Zahid with out involving the disciplinary board.
Isham’s sacking got here within the wake of his criticism of the occasion, citing Umno’s continued cooperation with DAP. There have been additionally claims that he had not attended a number of Supreme Council conferences.