PETALING JAYA: Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor confirmed that the party has expelled three former Umno ministers for colluding with the Opposition.
Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the memberships of Tun Daim Zainuddin, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and Tan Sri Rais Yatim have been withdrawn automatically for their actions.
"I have sent them the letters that they are no longer Umno members. As far as I'm concerned, they are no longer Umno veterans, and not even members," he said.
"As the party's secretary-general, I will not tolerate such nonsense. I will take action. I don't care who they are," Tengku Adnan told The Star on Saturday (May 5).
Asked if the decision had the green light from party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Tengku Adnan said the clearance was sought "a long time ago and the president knows."
"So I just went ahead. As the party's sec-gen, I cannot see the party destroyed," said Tengku Adnan.
He said the trio were sacked for campaigning for the Opposition, which is against the party's constitution and code of ethics.
"They are aware of this and they know what is coming. I feel sad because we have been supporting them all the time before. We believe in the concept of walak (loyalty) which means you listen to your leader," he added.
Tengku Adnan said Umno and Barisan Nasional have given the trio many opportunities.
"So how can you back-stab us?"
Attempts by The Star to reach Rafidah, Daim and Rais are ongoing.