Amendments to boot out Zahid, Najib from Umno

Amendments to boot out Zahid, Najib from Umno

PUCHONG: Acting Umno president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan is pushing for amendments on his party’s constitution to boot out leaders facing legal challenges such as party president, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The amendments, if passed in November this year would be a stumbling block Zahid who is on garden leave and former party president, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Zahid is currently facing 45 criminal charges of corruption, criminal breach of trust and money laundering charges whereas Najib has 42 charges over SRC International and 1MDB.

According to Singapore based Straits Times, Mohamad’s intention is being pushed by his ally, vice-president Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin. Khaled is heading the committee that is tasked with amending Umno constitution.

Mohamad however would be facing a hurdle as the amendments would require two third support for it to be passed.

Aside from Zahid and Najib, other Umno leaders who are facing criminal charges in court include former secretary general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and ousted Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

All these big names are influential in the party.

“I want to see how they are going to sell this to the members. It’s the internal shenanigans of a party that doesn’t realise it’s in opposition now,” Johor Umno deputy chief Nur Jazlan Mohamed was quoted as saying.

Former opposition leaders such as PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP’s Lim Guan Eng have been convicted and imprisoned for sodomy and sedition respectively were not ousted from their positions in the past.

Despite the legal challenges, Najib has remained popular among the people after reinventing himself as Bossku.

Zahid meanwhile hinted that he would return to active politics.

In a related development, Khaled denied that the amendments were meant to remove its top leader is false, reported Umno Online, the party organ.