Sep 29, 2006

Tun Mahathir's defeat: Complaint lodged

Extracted from MalaysiaKini
Dr M's defeat: Complaint lodged

Five Kubang Pasu Umno division members today filed a complaint with the party disciplinary board on the alleged irregularities during the Sept 9 contest which saw the defeat of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The complaint was submitted to the board’s secretary Jamaluddin Aziz at the Umno headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

The five complainants had voted in the contest held to elect seven delegates to represent the division at the Umno annual general assembly in November.

They claimed that the contest was tainted by money politics, interference from outsiders and threats.

According to a source, one of the complainants claimed that he was ordered to ‘confine himself to his house’ during the election process.

It is learnt that the complainant is a contract employee of the Tekun Malaysia Foundation based in Kuala Lumpur.

Govt agencies involved

In the Sept 11 contest, Mahathir came out ninth among the 15 candidates with 227 votes. Whereas his son Mukhriz took the fifth spot with 294 votes.

Mahathir, who helmed Umno and the country for 22 years, led the Kubang Pasu Umno division for more than three decades until his retirement in 2003.

The former premier had also complained that delegates received RM200 to vote against him and that a preferred candidates list was also distributed.

The Umno leadership has denied any wrongdoings.

Meanwhile, the Sun online version reported that the five complainants were led by Aminnuddin Omar, who is from the Kampung Lembah Arang Umno branch.

In his report, Aminuddin claimed there were “elements of money politics, involvement of civil servants and government agencies in the campaign to defeat Mahathir.”

The five had also met with Umno executive secretary Brigadier General (Rtd) Husainay Hashim.

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