Sacking of Umno trio was undisputed, says supreme council member

KUALA LUMPUR: The sacking of three Umno leaders was not disputed when it was conveyed during the supreme council meeting chaired by deputy prime minister and party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi last night.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Johan Abdul Aziz said they had all agreed when the decision by the party's disciplinary board was read out by deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

"There could have been complaints (that prompted the disciplinary board to take action against the trio).

"It was the party's decision and we accepted it," Johan told the New Straits Times today.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan had earlier today confirmed that Ketereh Umno division chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa was one of three leaders sacked from the party with immediate effect.

The two others were Arau Wanita chief and wife of Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Datin Seri Shamsiah Md Yassin, and also Maran Wanita chief Datin Seri Fatimah Kassim, who is also the wife of Maran MP Datuk Seri Ismail Muttalib.

Ahmad said their dismissal is effective immediately with the official membership termination letter to be sent today.

Johan added that Zahid, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman, had advised all supreme council members to unite and stop the political bickering.

Zahid, he added, had urged Umno and BN to work together with their now Pakatan Harapan counterpart to ensure the success of the new government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Zahid advised us not to fight with one another anymore. He said it was okay to have contradicting opinions.

"But once the party makes a decision, everyone must be on the same page and we have to agree to disagree," said Johan.

It was also emphasised to them it was time to move forward post 15th General Election and do their best to serve the people.

Johan said he agreed with Zahid's stance as the people were fed-up with the past political turbulence and wanted to see a working and caring government.

"It was a harmonious meeting. We committed to forge ahead, to be tolerant and patient when cooperating with each other and our political colleagues and work within our capacity," he said.

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