Umno to suspend those charged in court


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 May 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will suspend the position of members who have been charged in court, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

However, the suspension would be lifted and the position restored once the member succeeded in fighting the court charges, said the Prime Minister, who is also Umno president.

“We have agreed in principle with the management committee’s suggestion to suspend a member’s position if he is charged in court,” he said after chairing a supreme council meeting yesterday.

Najib also announced that Umno would hold its annual general assembly from Oct 13 to 16, which would begin with an emergency general assembly to amend the party’s constitution.

He said the draft proposal for the amended constitution was almost ready and would be handed to the state liaison committees for feedback.

“The supreme council will then decide on what is to be amended,” he said.

Najib said that once this matter was concluded at the emergency general assembly, the party would resume with the AGM.

“It has also been decided that only one motion will be discussed at the AGM and this will be the motion of thanks to the president. Any issue can be brought up during this time,” he said.

Najib also named five people who would be added to the party’s disciplinary board to beef up its strength.

They are former Youth and Sports Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Ismail Said, lawyer Datuk Zuraidah Atan, retired senior ACA enforcement official Wahab Wahid, retired police inspector Nordin Saidin and retired police enforcement officer Mohd Zain Ismail.

The council also endorsed the return to the party of former party president and prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali and their son Datuk Mokzani Mahathir.

On the Manek Urai by-election, Najib said Kelantan Umno liaison chief Datuk Mustapa Mohamed would be the election director while Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would oversee the operations.

He said they had not decided on the candidate as they were waiting for recommendations from the Kelantan Umno liaison committee.

“There is still time,” he said.

Najib, however, declined to comment on talk of a change in the Petronas management.

Supreme council members, when met after the meeting, said they did not discuss details of the draft proposal of amendments to the party constitution.

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