Friday, September 05, 2008

Up to top brass to decide disciplinary action, says Tee Keat

Up to top brass to decide disciplinary action, says Tee Keat

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datul Ahmad Ismail is not above the law and it is now up to the party's top brass to decide whether to take any disciplinary action against him, said Datuk Ong Tee Keat.

The MCA vice-president said it was up to Ahmad to decide whether he wanted to apologise or not.

"Whether a person wants to apologise or not, it could be due to pressure, remorse or sincerity.

"But in this case, since the person involved has made his stand not to apologise, it is clearly contrary to what our Deputy Prime Minister had said earlier," he told a press conference here Friday.

Ong was commenting on Ahmad's refusal to apologise over his racist remark calling the Chinese community “immigrants who do not deserve equal rights”.

He said it was entirely up to Umno top brass to handle the situation because the person concerned was a grassroots leader.

"We Malaysians do not like to force things. Since his behaviour goes against the Deputy Prime Minister, then it is the internal issue that needs to be overcome by Umno itself," he said.

Ong said whether Ahmad wanted to continue to be hard-headed and unapologetic, it was his decision but that did not mean he was free from the law.

On whether the issue should be brought up at the Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting, he said: "I think it is appropriate to do so."

On another matter, Ong said even though Umno was the biggest component party in the Barisan, it did not mean that it was in control of Barisan.

"I've said that it is one of the options for MCA to quit the Barisan but the issue now is how all component parties come together and solve problems," he said.

Ong said he agreed with MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai's view that if it was not MCA's fault, it should not be the one that quit the Barisan.

In his interview with a Chinese daily, Liow said the Barisan was currently facing overwhelming pressure and what it needed to do was to review its power-sharing concept with its component parties

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