Dec 2, 2006

Three Umno Speakers Given "Strong" Advice For Going Overboard

So what happened to the police investigation?

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 (Bernama) -- Umno Friday gave three party delegates, including an Umno Youth executive committee member "strong" advice for going overboard in their speeches during the party's recent general assembly.

Party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the trio were hauled up by the Umno management committee to explain their speeches.

"They were strongly advised and told to be careful when speaking as they could be contravening the law.

"The three have agreed to abide by the directive of the management committee," he told reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting here.

The Umno general assembly recently was carried live for the first time by cable station Astro and received reaction from non-Malays including leaders from Barisan Nasional component parties.

They claimed that several Umno speakers had gone overboard when talking about Malay issues which they said could affect unity.

Among the delegates singled out were Umno Youth information chief Datuk Azimi Daim, Melaka delegate Hasnoor Sidang Hussein and Perlis delegate Hashim Suboh.

Abdullah hoped that action from the party would put the matter to rest.

"Of the 22 speakers, only three have been called up and given strong advice," he added.

Asked whether it would make Umno delegates afraid to talk at future general assemblies, the prime minister believed it would not dampen their spirit to voice their opinion.

"Umno members are not that timid. They will discuss what is necessary. It is the others who are afraid when Umno speaks," he added.

Abdullah also said that a decision on whether the next Umno general assembly would be telecast live would be made before the assembly starts.

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