|Friday, 19 October 2012 21:22|
KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno Supreme Council today decided to set up a special committee to monitor and take immediate action against any party member who betrays the party or sabotages Barisan Nasional (BN) electoral candidates, Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.
Najib, who is prime minister, said the committee would be chaired by Tan Sri Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail, the party's disciplinary board chairman.
"This special committee is a reflection of the party's desire for immediate firm action to be taken against any member who does anything detrimental to the party's interests," Najib said after chairing a meeting of the Supreme Council, here.
He said the committee would comprise several Supreme Council members without vested interests besides the disciplinary board members and certain other quarters, in accordance with Article 10.15 and Article 20.3 of the Umno Constitution.
"We agreed that the definitions of sabotage and betrayal of the party be explained so that everyone understands clearly the action that can be taken under the articles," he said.
Najib explained that sabotage and betrayal included instigating action against the party besides misusing funds, such as not spending money for electoral purposes. He said the action that could be taken against the offenders included suspension or expulsion from the party apart from other action subject to the articles in the party constitution.
"We also agreed to appoint a member in each division who can report to the committee, besides reporting directly to the headquarters and via online."
Najib said the party had taken action against members for sabotaging and betraying the party.
"Action has been taken before this, but now we want to be firmer. Previously, the action was delayed, taking even months before the penalty was handed down. Now, we want the process to be expedited."
On the Umno General Assembly scheduled for next month, Najib said the Supreme Council had approved three motions, on the economy, religion and education, and added that there would also be the debate on the president's policy speech.
"We have appointed the Supreme Council representatives for the Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Puteri Umno assemblies," he said.