PETALING JAYA: A grassroots leader in Kedah is seeking the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) immediate intervention to stop Merbok Umno division from “hijacking” his branch in the run-up to its annual general meeting (AGM).
Jalan Badlishah Umno branch chief Major (Rtd) Anuar Abdul Hamid said the division had sent him a letter stating that it was taking over the branch.
“The division also declared that it has suspended me from my position as the branch chief, and now are in control of the branch.
“The division is openly flouting party constitution, as it does not have the locus standi to take disciplinary action against members.
“Furthermore, I did not receive any show-cause letter from Umno Malaysia,” he said.
In a letter dated March 28, Merbok Umno secretary Romli Karim said the division management committee made the decision to suspend Anuar as the branch chief with immediate effect pending response from party headquarters pertaining to a complaint lodged against him.
“Merbok Umno will take over the administration of your (Anuar’s) branch until Umno Malaysia makes its decision,” said Romli.
Anuar, closely associated with Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir who quit as Kedah mentri besar in February following political pressure, said it could also be a scare tactic to make other branch leaders toe the line.
“Their greatest fear is that I would push for unfavourable resolutions during the upcoming branch AGM.
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