About 50 people gathered outside the Umno headquarters where the party’s supreme council was meeting to stage a protest against the Umno disciplinary council and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) arrest of party members.
The group, said to be Umno Youth members, arrived at 8pm holding placards and banners at the main entrance of Menara Dato’ Onn and shouted their demands as party leaders arrived.
The placards and banners read: “Lembaga disiplin sudah nyanyuk,” “Jangan ambil hak ahli Umno” and “Kami menolak SPRM, boleh blah.” (Disciplinary board is senile; Don’t usurp Umno member’s right: We reject the MACC: butt out)
When Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi arrived at 8.35pm, the group presented a memorandum to him.
Zuraidi Abd Rahim, who claimed to be a delegate from Baling, said the group represented about 2,500 Umno Youth delegates nationwide.
He claimed that 39 party members in Pahang were called for interrogation by the commission, alleging that some of them were beaten.
“Two or three of them have lodged police reports,” he said, adding that the reports were attached to the memorandum.
Zuraidi said party grassroots were hoping the leadership would listen to their plea and make the necessary changes.
50 Umno members protest against Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s arrest of party members