Umno purge: No due process in sackings, suspensions, says Ismail Sabri

PETALING JAYA: The suspension and sacking of several Umno members on Friday (Jan 27) were not done with the proper due process, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Umno vice-president said he did not agree with the decision made by Umno supreme council as it was against the proper process and principles of natural justice.

“There was no show cause letter given to the accused to let them know of their offences.

“There was also no chance given for them to answer the show cause letter,” he said in an Instagram post Saturday (Jan 28).

The former prime minister added that the accused should have been given the opportunity to defend themselves before the disciplinary committee.

“If the disciplinary committee finds the accused guilty or otherwise then the disciplinary committee has to give its recommendations to the party's management committee.

“The management committee then needs to bring the proposal to the supreme council for a decision,” he added.

However, Ismail Sabri said this process was not followed and he claimed that the disciplinary committee had never advised the president to take any action.

He said that the committee only informed the president on the reports made against the accused.

“Therefore, I disagree with the decision because there was a real flaw in the decision-making process to sack and suspend them.

“As a civilised party, Umno must be seen as transparent in taking any action against anyone,” he said.

The Umno supreme council had, on Friday night (Jan 27) sacked former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and supreme council member Tan Sri Noh Omar.

Sembrong Umno chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, former Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan, former Youth exco member Datuk Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya, former Johor state exco member and Tebrau Umno division chief Datuk Maulizan Bujang and former Jempol MP Datuk Seri Mohd Salim Mohd Shariff were also suspended for six years.

They were deemed to have been sacked for criticising the party president and working with opposition parties during the last general election.

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