PETALING JAYA: Annuar Musa’s sacking is an attempt to stifle democracy in Umno ahead of the party elections next year, said his former aide.
Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, Annuar’s former press secretary, said Annuar and the two other division leaders who were sacked had been outspoken against Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the “new alignment” with Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“Their sackings prove that ‘revenge politics’ is taking control of Umno and that the president cannot be criticised.
“This is despite the fact that (Zahid) was proven to have failed (the party) in the recent general election and was one of the reasons why Umno voters and fence-sitters didn’t vote for Barisan Nasional (BN),” he said.
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He also claimed Zahid had betrayed the party and their supporters by forcing BN MPs to back Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister and jointly form the government with PH.
Faisal is a former Putrajaya Umno deputy chief and had been suspended from Umno for six years last year.
Earlier today, Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan confirmed that Annuar, a former party secretary-general, as well as the Arau and Maran Wanita chiefs, Shamsiah Yasin and Fatimah Kassim, had been sacked. The decision was made at a Supreme Council meeting last night.
They were reportedly sacked for disparaging the party and supporting its rivals in the recent general election (GE15).
The former communications and multimedia minister, who was labelled as “Bersatu-friendly” by Umno members, was dropped from BN’s GE15 lineup. He had been with the party since 1979. FMT
PETALING JAYA: Sembrong MP Hishammuddin Hussein said Umno must now move on, following the conclusion of the Padang Serai parliamentary seat and Tioman state seat polls.
The Barisan Nasional (BN) treasurer-general said he is analysing the election results for both seats to understand voters’ sentiments.
On Wednesday, Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) Azman Nasrudin claimed the Padang Serai seat with a 16,260-vote majority win against Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) Sofee Razak.
In Tioman, BN’s Johari Hussain won with a slim majority of 573 votes.
Hishammuddin pointed out the importance of understanding the dynamics of voters’ support, especially in deciding the future of the party.
He said this is particularly the case as the party relies on the support of its grassroots which have remained loyal to it.
The election for both the Padang Serai and Tioman seats was deferred following the death of PH candidate M Karupaiya and PN candidate Yunus Ramli, respectively.
Yesterday, PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin said his coalition’s big win in Padang Serai and slim loss in Tioman were a positive sign that the people were still backing PN.
He said that compared with the results in GE14, BN’s majority in Tioman declined by almost half, whereas PN’s majority in Padang Serai doubled. FMT