Lokman Adam, one of Najib Abdul Razak’s most fervent supporters, was sacked from Umno by the party’s supreme council today.
This was confirmed by two participants of the supreme council meeting. The meeting was held this afternoon at Menara Dato Onn in the capital.
Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam tonight said he was told he has been sacked by the party.
“I was removed from the Umno Supreme Council WhatsApp group at 8.01pm today.
“I was informed by someone that I have been sacked,” he told FMT.
However, Lokman said he has not been informed by party secretary-general Annuar Musa of any sacking.
Earlier this evening, Umno Supreme Council member Bung Moktar Radin said Lokman had been referred to the party’s disciplinary board for his remarks against party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
This comes after Lokman hit out at Zahid for allegedly saying Umno must work with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad because PAS is doing so.
Separately, in a Facebook posting, Lokman said he was told that action was being taken against him by a show of hands, “which shouldn’t have happened”.
He also claimed some of those present at the meeting were not Supreme Council members.
“I accept the action by party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi but I will remain faithful to Umno,” he said.
Lokman, seen as an ardent supporter of former prime minister Najib Razak, said he will continue to fight for Umno through a cybertrooper NGO in Malaysia.
Source : FMT
The Opposition Umno may throw its backing behind Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to serve out a full-term in an attempt to prevent Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s succession to the seat of power, a Singapore daily reported tonight.
Citing unnamed party sources and a recording of Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, The Straits Times said the Malay party’s top echelon are pushing to lobby the 94-year-old to stay on for the remainder of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government mandate instead of handing over the reins to PKR president Anwar as previously agreed.
“The move is to block Anwar and DAP. But we won’t (form a new ruling coalition), as the Umno and PAS ground won’t accept Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Parti Amanah Negara,” a top Umno official said to be close to Ahmad Zahid was quoted saying.
The Singapore paper said it heard a recording of Ahmad Zahid addressing a closed-door Muafakat Nasional committee — the Umno-PAS partnership forged in the aftemath of their 2018 electoral defeat — on the matter yesterday, which Umno information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Anuar Nasarah implied was authentic.
“What the president wanted to do was… solicit views from different quarters… Why is this being regarded as something wrong and an act of betrayal by the president?” Shamsul was quoted saying in response to Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Adam who publicly revealed the closed-door discussions today in refreshing his call for Ahmad Zahid to resign.
According to ST, Ahmad Zahid told Umno’s Muafakat Nasional committee to align with PAS as “it is on the table of (Dr Mahathir) to outlaw Umno”.
Lokman was reportedly incensed by the Umno president’s support call for Dr Mahathir who left the party to form his own, causing a subsequent mass exodus to Bersatu.
“If this is all Zahid can do, he should resign as Umno president.
“Members have the right to pick a team that will oppose Mahathir,” Lokman was reported saying.
ST claimed other Umno supreme council members were unlike Lokman and open to backing Dr Mahathir should Ahmad Zahid formally propose it at their next meeting set for this Friday.