KUALA LUMPUR: Another vocal critic of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from within the party, Datuk Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, revealed today that he has been sacked with immediate effect.
In a post on Facebook, the former Putrajaya Umno deputy chief shared that he was informed of the sacking just this evening.
Tun Faisal said apparently he was alleged to have flouted and broken many rules, but he stopped short of elaborating any further.
He did however say that he will not be making an appeal against the move to sack him.
"This is because I can already forsee the outcome, especially when it has been proven that the Umno supreme council and party president Ahmad Zahid are not open to being criticised," he said.
As recent as 2021, Tun Faisal had his membership suspended for six years after he had demanded that Zahid issue a statutory declaration (SD) to deny allegations that he had backed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's bid to be the next prime minister at the time.
He went on to accuse Zahid of causing rifts within Umno and also blamed the Bagan Datuk Member of Parliament (MP) of betraying Umno supporters by working together with Anwar to form the unity government.
Tun Faisal also criticised Ahmad Zahid for purportedly betraying voters by working with political parties whose stand and ideologies differ with Umno.
He said the move to get rid of leaders who were against Ahmad Zahid and other efforts to stop efforts to contest for the presidency and deputy presidency would not go down well with grassroot Umno members and supporters who will shy away from the party.
News of Tun Faisal's sacking comes just days after former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and former Selangor Umno chief Noh Omar were also sacked from the party.
Khairy and Noh were sacked for breaching party discipline during the recent General Election (GE15).
Khairy has also said that he would not be appealing against his sacking.