Ali is still Melaka CM, nonetheless

Ali Rustam is assured of his position as the Melaka Chief Minister despite being found “guilty of offences serious enough to merit being barred from contesting in the upcoming Umno elections”.

The Malaysian Insider (TMI) reports:

Ali Rustam remains Malacca CM, says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 – While Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has been deemed guilty of offences serious enough to merit being barred from contesting in the upcoming Umno elections, he will remain as the Malacca Chief Minister.

Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today hoped Mohd Ali would accept the decision with an open heart.

He also urged him to continue contributing to the struggle of the party.

The Umno Disclipinary Board found Mohd Ali guilty of violating party ethics for indulging in money politics and is prohibited from contesting the post of Umno deputy president. – Bernama


In the meantime, soon-to-be Prime Minister Najib Razak also promises to clean up UMNO.

TMI reports:

Najib vows to clean up Umno

By Debra Chong and Edward Cheah

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today bowed down to the public view that Umno, the main party in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, is “arrogant”.

He promised to carry out reforms in the party.

“We have to clean up Umno. I will announce it shortly,” he said at the launch of the National Integrity Agenda conference here this evening.

“If we don’t change, we’ll be changed,” he told the crowd at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity, which included several vocal leaders from the rival Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance, most notably Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.


4 Responses to “Ali is still Melaka CM, nonetheless”

  1. 1 tan, tanjong bungah 17 March 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Hi everyone,

    UMNO is practising double standards. When Tan Sri Isa Samad was found guilty of practising money politics, he had to resign his Federal minister’s position and also to vacate all his elected positions. How is it that Ali Rustam need not resign his position as the Malacca CM together with all the elected party and public positions?

    As money politics = corruption, UMNO has to let MACC investigate and charge those found guilty by its Disciplinary Board. This will show the people that UMNO is serious in wiping out as much of the money politics, currently prevalent in the party, as possible. That is the way for UMNO to go for it to recoup as much public confidence as possible! No half-measures please!

  2. 2 Dr. Rosli Yaakop 18 March 2009 at 9:55 am

    UMNO has the habit of putting bad leaders to lead society. The party has many good leaders but good leaders cannot survive in UMNO.

    The present UMNO leaders are ….. and must not be allowed to lead the nation anymore. Malaysian voters must vote UMNO-BN out of power in the next general election.

    Enough is enough. We do not want persons found guilty of money politics and corruption … and many others in UMNO-BN to be the leaders of this beloved nation of ours.

  3. 3 ali baba 18 March 2009 at 10:30 am

    I actually find it amusing and laughable that a … person found guilty is regarded as a fit and proper person to act as Chief Minister a state.

    What has become of our country?

  4. 4 Pat 19 March 2009 at 12:45 pm

    So this is how I explain it to myself: He is not clean/good/fit to stand for umno elections. But he is clean/good/fit enough to be a head of state. Wokay. That makes complete sense to whom? Duh.

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