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Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said however those who held positions as elected representatives should realise that they were picked by the people on the party’s ticket. Pix by Syarafiq Abd Samad

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno respects the decision of members or leaders to quit the party.

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said however those who held positions as elected representatives should realise that they were picked by the people on the party’s ticket.

“I hope that the decision made by them took into the consideration the people and their voters’ interests.

“Any discussion concerning their decision needs to be made in the interest of the people,” Zahid told a media conference today.

He was commenting on a number of announcements made by Umno leaders to leave the party, including Masjid Tanah member of parliament and former Puteri chief Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.

Zahid said as the party’s “imam” he would not leave Umno.

Earlier, Zahid congratulated those who had won the party’s recently election.

“The victory in this party’s recent election is histioric because this is the first time that the posts for president and deputy president were contested.

“This proves that Umno wishes to change.”

On allegations of rife money politics still taking place in the party, Zahid said a probe would be carried out to ascertain the claims.

“If there is proof then disciplinary action will be taken against those who are involved.”

Meanwhile, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Yaakob said Umno members who left the party after winning the national polls should relinquish their elected seats.

“Mas Ermieyati should quit her position as Masjid Tanah lawmaker because she was picked on Umno/BN’s ticket.”

Another Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid echoed similar sentiment.

Reports by Anwar Patho Rahman, Rohaniza Idris and Syed Umar Ariff



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