Monday, April 28, 2008

Opposing statements reveal rift in Perak Umno - The Star

KAMPAR: April 28, 2008

All's not well within Perak Umno as Kampar division leaders and members have disputed a statement by their deputy chairman.

Division secretary Abd Rahman Md Som said it was not true that their chairman Datuk Mohd Radzi Manan wanted former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali to be retained as state Umno liaison chief.

He said more than two-thirds of the 10,000 member-strong division supported Radzi Manan’s call for Tajol Rosli’s resignation.

Last week, deputy division chairman Datuk Meor Alif Meor Ahmad told a television station that Radzi Manan still backed Tajol Rosli.

Among the committee members pledging their support for Radzi Manan were Kampar Umno Youth division chief Syed Aminudin Syed Nordin, division vice chief Zaleha Said and division Puteri secretary Norhayati Alias.

On April 14, Radzi Manan asked Tajol Rosli to resign, saying he had failed to give the state any direction since Barisan Nasional suffered huge losses during the general election.

The next day, state Umno secretary Datuk Ramly Zahari responded by saying most of the 24 division leaders were supportive of Tajol Rosli. Since then, Taiping Umno division chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Malek Mohd Hanafiah has joined the call for Tajol Rosli to step down.

Radzi Manan said the division was awaiting a response from the Umno president on its petition for Tajol Rosli to be replaced.

“But if the Umno leadership decides to retain Tajol Rosli, we will accept. That is their prerogative,” he said.

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