THE TWELVE FROM MUAR UMNO
They had hoped that the Umno disciplinary board would overturn the election result and declare Jalalludin the rightful winner but their complaints were not entertained. The group then held a protest on Nov 1 in Muar, involving over 100 people, but no media organisation covered the event.
Nown they have come to Kuala Lumpur to voice their their discontent.
A group of Muar Umno division members have urged the party and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to look into their claims that there were widespread irregularities and vote-buying during the party’s divisional level election last month.
At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, the group’s spokesperson Omar Idris said Umno risk losing support in Johor unless these allegations are properly investigated.
The group are upset over the alleged foul play employed by individuals who wanted to ensure that Razali Ibrahim was made division chief, who beat Parit Tunggal branch leader Jalalludin Kasim by a razor-thin 19 vote majority.
“Razali’s victory looks pre-determined… It felt like we didn’t vote at all, and instead we just wrote a name on a piece of paper, but the winner was decided by the election officers.
“We still love the party and appeal to our leaders to pay attention to money politics and take action against Razali… give us back our stolen victory for the sake of the future of the party,” said Omar.
Omar claimed that he and his comrades had submitted reports detailing the irregularities – which include unsealed ballot boxes, blackouts during vote counting, intimidation of voters and vote buying – to the MACC and the Umno disciplinary board.
Desperate and worried that there was an attempt to silence them, twelve people representing the group travelled three hours to Kuala Lumpur in order to hold a press conference this afternoon, despite the fact that most Muslims were observing Maal Hijrah on this day.
Apart from Malaysiakini, only two other news organisations covered the event.
The group’s press release added that they were concerned that the party will not take their complaint seriously because Razali, who is also an Umno supreme council member, allegedly enjoys good ties with Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein.
During the divisional elections, Razali polled 366 votes to Jalaludin’s 347. There were 16 spoilt votes and two who abstained from voting.