More and more calls for Zahid Hamidi to resign as President of Umno..

Zahid Hamidi makes history as the first presiding UMNO President to be arrested and charged…

16 December 2018

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SUNGAI BESAR: UMNO Bahagian Sungai Besar mendesak Presidennya, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, berundur atau berehat dari jawatan berikutan isu yang menimpa parti politik itu.

Ketua Bahagiannya, Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos, berkata keputusan itu diambil selepas pergerakan bahagian itu hilang kepercayaan kepada Ahmad Zahid kerana gagal memulihkan keyakinan dan kepercayaan ahli parti.

“Melihat isu semasa, mengenai keadaan politik tanah air, saya dan UMNO Sungai Besar berasa gusar. Saya tidak menyalahkan sesiapa tetapi UMNO Sungai Besar sudah hilang kepercayaan kepada Presiden parti iaitu Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Jadi UMNO Sungai Besar mendesak supaya Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid berundur atau berehat daripada memegang jawatan presiden parti untuk memberikan laluan kepada sistem yang ada dalam UMNO itu sendiri.

“Hari ini saya tegaskan Sungai Besar adalah Bahagian penyokong kuat kepada Presiden UMNO dengan itu Sungai Besar mengumumkan kami menarik kembali sokongan kami kepada presiden kerana kami melihat presiden tidak berupaya untuk menangani krisis yang berlaku sekarang ini. Saya tidak menyalahkan beliau tetapi dilihat beliau sangat lemah dan tidak berkemampuan,” katanya.

https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/politik/2018/12/509768/umno-sungai-besar-desak-ahmad-zahid-undur

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Read the following article with a pinch of salt. It is written by Raja Petra Kamarudin

Many of the recent resignations from Umno are in essence a vote of no confidence against Zahid and in the next 30-60 days more resignations are expected. Those who insist on staying on in Umno will soon find themselves party-less once Umno gets deregistered at the very latest by February 2019. 

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

At 10.30am today a report was lodged at the MACC against Zahid Hamidi

At 10.30am today (Friday, 14 December 2018) a report was lodged at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya. The report is regarding the Umno president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, bribing delegates to vote for him in the recent Umno party elections.

The report cited the names of many witnesses and included evidence such as photographs and other documents.

Malaysia Today has a copy of that report but it cannot be published here as MACC reports and investigation papers are protected by the Official Secrets Act (OSA). Furthermore, the names of many witnesses are mentioned in that report so they may be compromised or put in danger if their names are leaked.

The MACC said Khairy would have won the Umno presidency if Zahid had not resorted to bribery

Meanwhile, Umno divisions all over Malaysia are demanding that Zahid either resign or take leave while his court case in still pending. According to MACC, if Zahid does not relinquish the Umno presidency, then the party will definitely face deregistration in the next 60 days or so.

The MACC insider also said if Zahid had not bribed the delegates to win the Umno presidency, Khairy Jamaluddin, in fact, may have won the party contest.

Many of the recent resignations from Umno are in essence a vote of no confidence against Zahid and in the next 30-60 days more resignations are expected. Those who insist on staying on in Umno will soon find themselves party-less once Umno gets deregistered at the very latest by February 2019.

https://www.malaysia-today.net/2018/12/14/umno-will-be-deregistered-in-the-next-60-days-if-zahid-does-not-resign/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

14 December 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today revealed that Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and several senior party leaders had informed him of their wish to leave Umno months before the current exodus of leaders.

Asked to comment on photos of him meeting the Umno leaders, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman denied Mohamad’s claim that they met him to urge him to spare their party from being disbanded.

“No, they just came to see me and told me that they were going to leave Umno. They wanted my advice; that is all,” he told reporters after attending the 20th anniversary of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and the launch of the Scholar’s Library.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1703237/dr-m-tok-mat-said-he-wanted-to-leave-umno

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Although BN executive secretary Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad has denied that Zahid sought an alliance with DAP and PKR, the leaked information has been enough to prompt Umno grassroots members to push for the Zahid’s ouster.

Selangor Umno Youth grassroots leader Aemierulrizaki Rambli said he has started a campaign among the party’s branches nationwide to force Zahid to resign.

“The campaign has started on a small scale. We are meeting with branches and contacting our friends throughout the country to move the campaign,” said Aemierulrizaki, who is from the Kuala Selangor division.

“If Zahid does not resign, we will force a no-confidence vote against him at the branch and division level.  

“The people who find it hard to become opposition politicians are those at the top,” he added.
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Zahid’s plan to tie up with PKR and DAP also includes supporting Anwar Ibrahim as the eighth prime minister when the latter succeeds Dr Mahathir, who has closed the door on Umno and wanted to deregister it.

Another Umno division chief admitted receiving strong protests from his rank-and-file against the idea of working with DAP – a Chinese dominated multiracial party that Umno sees as its antithesis.

The division leader said if he receives pressure from his members, he will be forced to call for an extraordinary general meeting to move a no-confidence motion against the president.

“Many of my members are very disappointed with the plan (to work with DAP and PKR). They are pushing me to do a no-confidence vote.   I can only do this if a majority of branches want it,” said the division leader, who requested anonymity.

A Johor Umno leader, Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Hamid Jumat, said some Supreme Council members realised that Zahid needs to go.

“But these guys are not brave enough to say it out loud. If we cannot depend on the Supreme Council to look out for the party’s future, then we have to push the grassroots to replace these leaders,” said Tengku Haron, who is a former Kempas assemblyman.   

“After Zahid took over, BN lost component parties in Sarawak and our parliamentarians left us. Now we hear that we are begging other parties to return to power.

“The longer he stays, the more people we lose. And Zahid is just allowing this to happen.”

THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147210

13 December 2018

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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno Youth has blamed Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for the recent exodus from the party, saying a lack of direction has left members in disarray.

The wing’s vice-chief Ghazalie Ansing also accused the Umno president, who is facing charges of corruption and criminal breach of trust, of using the party as “a shield to save himself”.

“The president doesn’t have command and respect among the leaders and members in Umno,” Ghazalie said in a statement, a day after more than 30 Umno MPs, assemblymen, senators and division leaders in Sabah quit the party.

He said Zahid should resign immediately.

“If he refuses to, I request that the Supreme Council make this happen as soon as possible so our party can move forward,” said the Tawau Umno Youth chief.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/13/get-out-sabah-umno-youth-tells-zahid/

WHERE WAS ZAHID?
Those who met with Dr Mahathir: Umno No.2 Mohamad Hassan, 
former FT minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, former Perlis MB Shahidan Kassim, former Urban wellbeing, housing and local government minister Noh Omar and former Domestic trade, co-operatives and consumerism minister Hamzah Zainudin.

Mohamad Hassan clarified that he and four other Umno leaders did not meet Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to discuss switching parties.

The Umno deputy president said the five appealed to Mahathir not to dissolve the party, which the latter had led for more than two decades.

“It was just a courtesy call,” Mohamad told Malaysiakini this afternoon.

“Tun M (Mahathir) said Umno will be dissolved. We appealed to him not to do so,” he added.

The former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar described the meeting as cordial.

“Tun received us. Because I worked under him. ‘Belanja kita satay and macam-macam‘ (he treated us to satay and other food items).

“The world is not only about politics. It is about relationship. We paid him a courtesy call and at the same time we said, ‘Please don’t dissolve Umno’. He promised not to do so,” Mohamad added.

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https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/455975

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PETALING JAYA: Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic) is said to be the man behind the mass defections in Umno, reported Malaysiakini.

The online news portal said its sources had claimed that it was Hishammuddin that was leading the defections.

“It’s definitely him. But he (Hishammuddin) doesn’t have the guts to do it (quit Umno) himself.

“Just like he didn’t have the guts to contest during the party elections.

“He preferred to stay on the sidelines like some ‘Yoda’ (a Star Wars guru) doing side deals with the government of the day,” the source told Malaysiakini.

The online portal’s source said this in reference to former Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who had claimed on Twitter that there was a “bangsawan faction” (faction of aristocrats) that was leading the charge to trigger mass defections (Hishammuddin’s grandfather had links to Johor royalty).

Earlier on Dec 12, nine of 10 Umno Sabah assemblymen, five of six MPs, 21 of 25 division heads and two senators announced a mass exodus from the party.

The source added that Hishammuddin was “taken for a ride by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad”.

The report had another Umno party source claiming that perhaps he was trying to show Dr Mahathir that he was able to bring over other MPs.

The report claimed that Hishammuddin did these actions to demand a senior cabinet position or even for the deputy prime minister’s role, as the former defence minister “really saw himself as a future prime minister”.

The source had also accused him of intentionally shifting the attention to Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s weak leadership, adding that Hishammuddin wanted people to cross over for his own ambitions.

However, the report also cited another source which refuted such rumours, claiming that Hishammudddin only met up with other Umno MPs to give them support and to help Zahid prevent others from quitting.
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Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/12/hishammuddin-behind-sabah-umno-mass-defections-claims-report/#MZpHkgPExbu6hUGJ.99

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