Umno Youth man protests six-year suspension

Mohd RafiqPETALING JAYA: An Umno Youth member claimed today he had been suspended from the party for six years because of an event involving Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The member, Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen, said today his position on the Umno Youth executive committee had also been revoked.

He said he planned to make an appeal against the party’s action which he said was because of a purported attempt to sabotage party leader Najib Razak and Malacca Umno chairman Idris Haron.

He said it was because of his supposed involvement in a planned Bicara Negarawan forum last year featuring Dr Mahathir. (The former premier had been going around the country for public forums in a campaign to oust Najib as Umno president and prime minister.)

Mohd Rafiq was quoted as saying that Dr Mahathir was to have taken part in a discussion about Umno’s future and the 14th general election. Mohd Rafiq said the function did not take place, and the initial invitation was made to Mahathir while he was still an Umno member. (Mahathir resigned from Umno earlier this year.)

Mohd Rafiq said he had later urged the organisers to cancel the event over concerns that they could not control what Dr Mahathir might say, Malaysiakini reported.

He said he had been referred to the Umno disciplinary committee after Idris had raised the issue again, a year later. Mohd Rafiq accused Umno of taking selective action, saying other Umno leaders had done worse but faced no action.

“I am confident my ‘sin’ is not as big as the Umno leader who was allegedly involved in money politics, or as big as the Umno MP who tried to involve and humiliate the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in certain issues,” said Mohd Rafiq, according to Malaysiakini.

Mohd Rafiq said he would make an appeal and would also take legal action against Malacca Umno Youth leader Zali Mat Yasin for accusing him of working in concert with the opposition.