Mar 18, 2008

Umno Youth: No action against Mukhriz

No action will be taken against Mukhriz for writing a letter to Abdullah asking him to step down following the March 8 polls.

(Malaysiakini) Umno Youth today decided to pass the buck back to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi regarding action to be taken against its errant leader Mukhriz Mahathir.

Following the Umno Youth executive council meeting, the movement’s chief Hishammuddin Hussein said no action will be taken against Mukhriz for writing a letter to Abdullah asking him to step down following the March 8 polls.

He said that Umno Youth has accepted the controversial letter as a personal missive which was leaked out to the general public.

"There are so many other more important issues faced by Umno Youth apart from Mukhriz," he told a press conference.

Last week, Abdullah, who is also Umno president, said he will leave it to Umno Youth and Hishamuddin to handle the matter.

Accept responsibility

In his March 12 letter, Mukhriz, the son of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had urged Abdullah to accept responsibility for Barisan Nasional’s disastrous performance in the elections.

Met after the meeting, Mukhriz, who won the Jerlun parliamentary seat, said he sticks to the points raised in his letter.

"We want to become a party which is more relevant and accepted by the people. I am happy that there is room in Umno Youth to voice issues which are not agreed upon (by the others)," he added.

Mukhriz's letter was also criticised by Hishammuddin who said that it was the latter’s personal stand and does not reflect the view of Umno Youth which expressed support for Abdullah’s leadership.

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