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Pakatan Youth chiefs insist on strict scanning of Umno turncoats

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — December 17, 2018: The Youths chiefs of the four Pakatan Harapan parties are against the coalition’s leadership accepting willy-nilly defecting opposition elected representatives.

Instead, they are demanding that the applications from these opposition lawmakers to be scanned stringently so as to not impair the credibility of Pakatan.

Thy have further suggested conditions and procedures the Pakatan leadership must follow before accepting turncoats, particularly those from Umno.

The conditions are stringent background checks, declaration of assets, no key government positions offered, that the applicants must first be independent representatives and making a public apology to Malaysians for supporting the previous government.

Since Pakatan won the May 9 general elections in a tight contest against Barisan Nasional and parties sympathetic to its, Umno has since seen defections mainly by its MPs, with the last one week alone registering desertions by 11 MPs, leaving the party with just 37 MPs from the original 54.

“Switching sides will not exempt any individuals from being probed of any wrongdoings. The Youth wants a government of integrity, not one that prioritises political interests. PH is not an avenue to amass riches and influence,” read the joint statement from the four today.

The signatories are Pribumi Bersatu’s Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, DAP’s Howard Lee, PKR’s Akmal Nasrullah Mohd. Nasir and Amanah’s Mohd. Sany Hamzan.

Following last week’s exodus, former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin called for an immediate party election and the resignation of president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Several Umno Youth divisions have adopted the same position, with Sabah saying that Zahid’s resignation was inevitable as the latter no longer commands the respect of leaders and members.

So far only, Penang has openly backed Zahid, with state chairman Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir saying that the embattled Zahid will continue to enjoy Penang Umno’s support so long as he remains president.

“As long as he is our president we will support him and whoever succeeds him, we will still support. That is the practice since before,” said Musa.

Zahid however refuses to relinquish his post, saying that his position can either be decided at the party’s next general assembly or by calling for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) where he will need to step down if two-third of the party’s delegates vote against him

According to Article 8.5 of the Umno constitution, there are three ways to trigger an EGM — via a written request by two-thirds of the supreme council members, if the president calls for an EGM or if at least 96 of the 191 divisions request in writing for an EGM.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]