Friday, January 30, 2009

Umno members protest MACC, disciplinary board actions

Updated: Thursday January 29, 2009 MYT 11:42:10 PM
By NURBAITI HAMDAN and ZULKIFLI RAHMAN

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of people turned up to protest against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for arresting Umno members, and against the party’s disciplinary board.

Claiming to be Umno members, they turned up at about 8pm Thursday at the main entrance to Menara Datuk Onn, the building where party leaders were scheduled to hold a supreme council meeting.

They held up placards that read “The Disciplinary Board is senile,” “Don’t take away our rights” and “We reject the MACC, butt out!”

The group shouted out their demands at Umno leaders and supreme council members as they arrived at the building, and handed over a memorandum to party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when he arrived at about 8.35pm.

Zuraidi Abd Rahim, who said he was a delegate from Baling, claimed the group represented about 2,500 Umno Youth delegates nationwide.

The memorandum protested disciplinary board chairman Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithaudeen’s suggestion to abolish the main wings in the party, and the alleged beating of Umno members during interrogation by MACC officers.

“Two or three of them have since lodged police reports” on the alleged beatings, he said.
The police reports were attached to the memorandum that was handed to Abdullah, who is also the Prime Minister.

Another protestor, Saiful Ismail Saaya, who claimed to be a delegate from Kuala Kangsar, said grassroot members did not want Tengku Ahmad as disciplinary board chairman.

The group dispersed after Abdullah and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak entered the building.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/1/29/nation/20090129221453&sec=nation

seals: No police, not a illegal gathering, no "disperse in 10 counts", no arrest?

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