Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Ali Rustam to appeal and calls for calm

Umno vice-president Mohd Ali Rustam has urged his supporters to remain calm following the party's decision yesterday banning him from contesting for the deputy president's post for alleged money politics.

The Malacca Chief Minister is expected to meet party president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today to discuss this matter and said he would be appealing to the party supreme council.

Mohd Ali said he accepted the decision of the Umno disciplinary committee yesterday, but maintained his innocence and denied any wrongdoing.

"I reiterate that I am not guilty (of money politics). I hope the supreme council will accept my appeal today. I hope my intention to contest will be allowed," he told reporters at his official residence in Malacca this morning.

The appeal is then expected to be forwarded to the party's appeal board and it is uncertain if the board can decide on the matter before party polls later this month.

Following the board’s decision, a group of Mohd Ali’s supporters had gathered at the Royal Air Force base in Subang last night to appeal to Abdullah to reconsider the decision.

The group, numbering some 150, was waiting for Abdullah's return from his official visit to Indonesia.

According to a supporter, the premier had agreed to meet Mohd Ali.

The party supreme council is expected to hold an emergency meeting today but this could not be confirmed. – Excerpts from Malaysiakini.


Anonymous said...

How come he's guilty and not suspended as party member and can still continue to lead the state?

If he is not good enough to run for the party polls because of his alleged involvement in money politics, does not that mean he is also not fit to be governing a State?

Very baffling indeed!

rahman said...

Read at Malaysian Insider that Zahid Hamidi's going for the No 2 slot (deputy President) now that Rustam is out.

How can that be when nominations for all party posts in the Umno polls next week have been closed?

Zahid Hamidi to run for Umno No. 2

Here's the link:

Parpu Kari said...



Alang said...

Najib was quoted as saying "Everyone has a right to appeal...".

What if Ali Rustam is found not guilty by the Supreme Council?

Wont that make a mockery of the Umno Disciplinary Board?

This is a real circus.

And yes, what about that Muhd Muhamad Taib? Its laughable that he is clean. And tempe-Khir Toya?