Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Impending reforms in Umno

The Umno disciplinary board chairperson Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithaudeen announced that Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has been barred from contesting for the deputy president's post in the upcoming party polls.

Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam

Umno Youth chief aspirant Khairy Jamaluddin was given a warning, while Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was found not guilty of any election misdeed.

Rithaudeen said three of Ali’s agents were also found guilty of money politics and hence Ali was presumed guilty. Earlier, he was under investigation by the board for breaking election rules.

Ali, 59, was involved in a three-cornered fight for Umno's deputy president's post. The other two contestants for the post - which will likely result in the winner being made deputy prime minister - are Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

Ali, who is also Malacca Chief Minister, garnered 46 nominations to contest the post, compared to Muhyiddin's 91 and Muhammad's 46.

The board was independent and not even the party's supreme council could interfere with its decisions. The independence of the board is to ensure the good name of Umno.

Ironically, the decisions seem that the impending reforms in Umno is on the way and the process is taking place in a firm and just manner to form not only a clean party but society as well, as said by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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