KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 2018 : Former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin claimed that many of the party delegates were ordered and threatened to support the warlords’ choice in the party polls yesterday.
Khairy , who lost to Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in the contest for the president post, said that the division voting system favoured the warlords as they had strong grip on their divisions, despite the statistics on popular votes showed majority of the party members wanted a change.
“Majority of the members wanted a change but the warlords still turned a deaf ear to the people’s voice.
“They nod, clap, as if they don’t have own stand,” he tweeted.
However, the former Youth and Sports minister said he accepted yesterday’s result with an open heart, but wanted Umno to change and its members to discard the feudal mentality.
Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk Umno division chief and formerly vice-president assuming the duties of party president, garnered 93 votes, to defeat Khairy who secured 51 votes and the party veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who only obtained 23 votes.
Meanwhile, former Puteri Umno chief Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin today announced that she is quitting the party and will represent her Masjid Tanah constituency as an Independent Member of Parliament.
“I hereby announce that I, along with my loyal followers, are quitting Umno. We made this decision sincerely without force or threat from any quarters.
“From today onwards, I will be an independent MP and will continue to play a role in criticising and advising the government so as to provide check and balance on policies introduced by the Pakatan Harapan-led government without being bound by the code of ethics of any political party,” she said in a press statement.
The statement, however, did not disclose the actual number of her followers who quit the party with her.
Mas Ermieyati said the decision was somehow due to their disappointment to see at least 70 per cent fresh faces being elected at the party polls yesterday.
Mas Ermieyati said she had hoped that the party polls would steer Umno to a new direction, but the results, reactions and sentiments showed that most of its members were still suffering from denial syndrome.
“I believe the existing Umno leadership is still in denial to the fact that the people have rejected Umno because they thought Umno is just a victim of the people’s hatred towards Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The 1MDB scandal has caused Malaysians to ridicule Umno.
“What kind of party rehabilitation is this if the virus is left to spread?
“To be honest, Umno has derailed from its original track to the extent of being rejected even by the Malays themselves,” she added. – Bernama