Datuk Zaid Ibrahim



And the whole world also knows you are the real hero Datuk Zaid.

Umno issues Zaid Ibrahim showcause letter (updated)

Hero’s welcome for suspended Bukit Bendera Umno chief

Umno issues Zaid Ibrahim showcause letter (updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has issued a showcause letter to controversial politician Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for his open letter and meeting with MPs on repealing the Internal Security Act (ISA). Datuk Zaid Ibrahim


At a press conference in his office here Monday, the former de facto law minister said he received the letter “a couple of weeks ago.”

“Apparently they found the letter (on the ISA) offensive and believe I had violated some rules in the party.

“They are also not happy that I attended the MPs meeting organised by Pakatan Rakyat at Parliament as I was still a Senator at the time,” he said.

Zaid said he had lent his support to the issue itself, not to support DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, PAS or Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“According to them, it’s not what an Umno fellow should do. But it does not really bother me. I will let my lawyer handle it,” he said.

When asked if he had received a letter regarding his speech at the recent LawAsia conference where he talked about Ketuanan Melayu(Malay supremacy), Zaid said he had read news reports that there would probably be some action taken.

“But there will be many more speeches I will make, so my future looks bleak.”

Zaid had revealed the issuance of the showcause letter when he was asked if he would stay in Umno. Some members unhappy with his stance on the ISA and Ketuanan Melayu have issued strong statements against him.

He said it was no big deal whether or not he would leave Umno, even if he continued to get showcause letters for speaking out.

When asked later on what the future holds for him, Zaid he said he could make contributions in his own small way by ensuring smooth race relations, democracy and justice prevailed.

“It may be more effective if I speak independently on some of these issues,” he said.

He added that these were difficult issues for any political grouping to handle and one would have to compromise somewhat as a member of a political party.

When contacted, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor confirmed that the party issued the letter asking Zaid to explain his open letter and why he attended the MPs’ meeting.

“He has until Nov 15 to reply. We will then take it up to the management committee for further action,” he said.


Hero’s welcome for suspended Bukit Bendera Umno chief


GEORGE TOWN: Suspended Bukit Bendera Umno chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail was given a warrior’s welcome when he turned up for the division’s delegates conference.

The division’s adviser and de facto leader also opened the closed-door conference.

Ahmad was suspended on Sept 10 and stripped of all Umno posts for three years following an uproar over race-related statements he made during a ceramah in Permatang Pauh during the by-election campaign period a few months ago.

Upon arriving at a hotel at 3.40pm yesterday, he was greeted by cheers and accompanied by a kompang troupe into the ballroom, where silatexponents gave a brief performance.

Ahmad was presented a yellow tengkolok (headdress) by division adviser Azmi Merican, a yellow selempang (shawl worn across the body) by Umno veteran Saakyah Mat Isa, and a keris (dagger) by Umno veteran Abdul Rahman Lazim.

Ahmad raised the keris briefly to his lips and lifted it high before proceeding onto the stage.

The emcee announced the items were presented to Ahmad as a true Malay warrior of Bukit Bendera.

Abdul Jalil Ariffin was elected the new division chief.

The delegates passed a motion urging the Umno supreme council to cancel Ahmad’s suspension.

A similar motion was passed by the Wanita wing earlier in the day.

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