Wednesday, September 10, 2008

UMNO suspends Ahmad 3 years

The UMNO Supreme Council this afternoon suspended its Bukit Bendera division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail from holding any post in the party for three years effective immediately over his racial statements.

The decision to suspend him was made after nearly a three-hour meeting chaired by party president, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the party headquarters today. As a result of the suspension, Ahmad will be stripped of all party posts and voting rights, however, he will remain an ordinary member.

"The Supreme Council was of the view that Ahmad’s statements and action which had created unease, anger and objections from among BN component parties were serious and decided to suspend his rights in the party for three years according to Article 20.9 of the party constitution."

Abdullah told a press conference after the meeting that the Cabinet at its meeting Wednesday also discussed racial relations in the country.

The Cabinet feels that racial tension may arise if sensitive issues are raised. The Cabinet has ordered ministries with laws pertaining to this to enforce them.

“If it is necessary, the ISA may be used on those who stoke racial tension,” he added.

Abdullah also told Barisan Nasional component parties to be firm and take disciplinary action on their members, who also made statements that, stoked racial sentiments.

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