PUTRAJAYA: The axe will surely fall on Syed Rosli Harman Jamalullail (pic) if he proceeds with his intention to contest in the June 18 Kuala Kangsar by-election as an independent.
Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the party would not tolerate insubordination and such defiance.
He also questioned Syed Rosli’s intention to contest the by-election despite being aware that Barisan Nasional had chosen Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid as its candidate.
“If he thinks that he can get away with it, then Syed Rosli is wrong.
“He will certainly be sacked by the party if he submits his nomination papers on Sunday,” said Tengku Adnan.
“We won’t take action against him just yet. For now, I have sent some people to talk some sense into him.
“Hopefully, Syed Rosli will change his mind,” said Tengku Adnan.
Earlier, Syed Rosli, the assistant youth secretary for the Pusat Bandar Taman Cempaka branch in Selangor, said he was very disappointed with the Umno leadership for choosing Mastura as candidate.
Umno, he said, was desperate in selecting Mastura, 55, the widow of the late Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Wan Mohammad Khai-ril Anuar Wan Ahmad, as candidate even though she had to observe the period of iddah after her husband’s death.
“She can’t go out for campaigning and the people of Kuala Kangsar will not know her plans for the constituency. You’re not respecting the people because they have the right to know what you’re planning for them,” he said.
Syed Rosli, who claimed to be born and schooled in Kuala Kangsar, said he had no choice but to send a strong message to the leadership by taking part in the elections.
“Some members from Kuala Kangsar Umno are qualified but they are not given the opportunity to become a candidate.
“I’m sure leaders in Kuala Kangsar are disappointed,” he said, adding that the party still had time to change the candidate before nomination on Sunday.
Syed Rosli said he did not mind losing his deposit as long as his votes could make Umno lose, adding that it “will be a lesson for the leadership.”
However, an Umno branch leader, who declined to be named, said Syed Rosli was born in Kuala Kangsar but grew up in Kuala Lumpur and had not voted in Kuala Kangsar before.
The late MP was a native of Kuala Kangsar.
Former Gopeng Umno Wanita chief Datuk Hamidah Osman indicated that she might also contest in the by-election, adding that “nothing is impossible”.
“For the time being, I reserve my comment in politics. Nothing is impossible,” she said when contacted.
On Nov 24 last year, the party sacked Hamidah for disciplinary reasons.
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