PETALING JAYA: Umno’s constitution allows for the supreme council to decide on the sacking or suspension of members, says party information chief Datuk Isham Jalil (pic).
He said other ways involving the disciplinary board, among others, were just internal management practices.
“When the supreme council formalises the sacking and suspension of these members, the sacking and suspension are valid according to the Umno constitution, rules and law,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.
Two former MPs, Khairy Jamaluddin and Tan Sri Noh Omar, were sacked while Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was suspended from the party on Friday.
Noh was initially suspended but had asked that he be sacked instead.
Isham said the sacking and suspensions were not the end of the road for them, as they could still appeal the decision by meeting with the party’s disciplinary board.
Isham said this includes Noh, who is due to meet the disciplinary board today.
“The Umno disciplinary board isn’t a Federal Court. The punishment of Noh and Khairy Jamaluddin isn’t a prison or death sentence.
“They can still appeal and defend themselves,” he said.
Isham said he believed the disciplinary board would come to a fair decision if Noh and Khairy could counter the evidence on their wrongdoing.
Isham also advised Umno leaders to stop challenging the party’s disciplinary board and supreme council to sack them.
“This would make their situation worse and it also reflects arrogance,” he added.
Also suspended for six years were 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.