With less than a month before Datuk Seri Najib Razak is scheduled to take over as Umno president, two party members said today they will file for a court injunction to stop the Umno general assembly scheduled for the end of this month from being held.
The two members, Datuk Kadar Shah Ninam Shah and Datuk Mazlan Harun, said they hoped the assembly would be postponed until all allegations of money politics are investigated.
The move by the duo was seen as an attempt to stop the party from endorsing Najib’s leadership. Najib has won the Umno presidency uncontested and will be confirmed as party president during the general assembly.
But Mazlan shot down the suggestion that they were trying to stop Najib from becoming prime minister, saying that the transition plan could be completed anytime.
“We are not here to stop (Najib). Everyone who loves Umno must take this matter seriously. The process must be completed according to the party constitution and the law. We are not involved in the transition plan, it can be completed anytime,” Mazlan told reporters.
Kadar, who was elected a delegate to the assembly and Mazlan, a former Umno Youth executive committee member, had also lodged two reports last year with the then Anti-Corruption Agency against Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi and Najib for alleged involvement in money politics.
“To date there has been no action on either report. There has also not been any apparent action on the more than 1,000 reports of political graft and other abuses sent to Umno’s Disciplinary Committee, as acknowledged by its chairman Tengku Ahmad Rithaudeen,” said the duo in a joint statement.
They also slammed Abdullah for his remark recently that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission had closed the investigation on all reports regarding money politics in the party as they found no evidence.
“How can they declare the cases are close if none of us were called to give our statement?” said Kada.
They added that the party secretary general Tengku Adnan Mansor has also publicly stated that all reports on corruption must be investigated before the assembly.
They claimed that if the assembly goes on before investigations are completed it would lead to instability.
“We would have another crisis on our hands if it turns out that people we elect subsequently turn out to have obtained their positions illegally. Worse still if they are already in government,” they said.
“We are considering seeking a court injunction if the cases are not solved before the assembly,” said Kadar adding that they would wait for party leaders to react to their move.
Umno men disputes Badawi’s claim that all money politics cases are closed