Penang Puteri leaders asked to explain furore

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  • Tuesday, 15 Apr 2003


PUTRAJAYA: The leadership of the Jelutong Puteri Umno division and Penang Puteri chief Azlina Mehtab have been asked to explain in writing the reasons behind a furore at the wing’s divisional delegates' conference on Sunday. 

Puteri Umno chief Azalina Othman Said said she wanted the explanation as soon as possible. 

“I wrote to them this morning and asked them to give an explanation. I view this matter very seriously because it had happened at our first division meeting. 

“Our organisation is still very young and we cannot tolerate it if there are leaders who get embroiled in factional politics at any level. 

“I will not hesitate to refer any of our members to the disciplinary committee if they are suspected of acting in a manner that is not in line with the interests of the party,” she said after meeting with Rural Development Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid at his office yesterday. 

It was reported that 17 Jelutong Puteri Umno delegates had boycotted their delegates’ conference after claiming unfair treatment by the division's leadership. 

The members from four branches, together with five division committee members, also claimed that they were not given notice about the meeting. 

The meeting, however, proceeded despite a request for a postponement by the delegates. On SARS, Azmi said the Government had issued a standard guideline that any Kemas kindergarten which reported a case among its pupils or teaching staff, even if it was only probable, would be closed.  

However, he said that no such case had been reported.  

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