KOTA TINGGI: Isham Jalil's sacking from the Umno supreme council was done after his criticisms "crossed the line", says Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
The Umno vice-president said that Umno was one of the largest political parties in the country and such statements could undermine it.
“This is a disciplinary action against him, and we need to ensure that none of the members go overboard with their statements.
“The Umno supreme council believes that there are many other ways that he could have done it, especially when he was a supreme council member, but he crossed the line,” he said.
He said this when met by reporters after the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between Kota Tinggi District Council and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s (UTM) Sultan Iskandar Institute at MDKT Meeting Hall here on Saturday (Dec 9).
Mohamed Khaled added that the party needed to ensure that their members were in line.
“This is just a disciplinary action that is practised in other organisations, including universities and local councils. It is unfortunate that such action has to be taken against him,” he said.
Isham said on Thursday (Dec 7) that he was yet to be officially informed of his sacking by Umno.
Several Umno supreme council members who attended a meeting on Wednesday night confirmed that Isham was fired from the council and the party with immediate effect.
The move comes after Isham stepped up his criticisms against Umno for its decision to work with DAP following the former’s crushing defeat in the recent Kemaman parliamentary by-election in Terengganu.
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi later said Isham should attend the Umno supreme council meeting and express his views there, but the latter was a no-show.
The Umno supreme council meeting was held following its loss in the by-election on Dec 2, which saw Perikatan Nasional win with a 37,220-vote majority.