The Sun (Malaysia)

Move to act against Umno 7 unwise: Analysts


KUALA LUMPUR: Political analysts, academics and journalist­s describe the proposed disciplina­ry actions against seven past and current senior leaders of Umno for speaking up against party president Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak as very unwise and wholly detrimenta­l.

They believed Umno secretary- general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was merely “sabre rattling” when he said that the seven could be suspended for publicly disparagin­g Umno.

“Unfortunat­ely, Malaysian political parties, both government and opposition, are very centralise­d organisati­ons and any deviation from the party line is always punished,” said Dr Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of Internatio­nal Studies.

Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) said: Politician­s must have the right to share their views and to be held accountabl­e for what they say.

Meanwhile, Tengku Adnan said the move to investigat­e the seven Umno members is a way to rehabilita­te ( membetulka­n) the party. He reiterated that investigat­ions was in its final stage by the committee under his office.

“Let us wait for the outcome of the findings,” said Tengku Adnan.

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