Najib critic sacked from Umno by supreme council over 'breach of discipline'

Mr Najib declined to comment further when asked how Hamidah had breached party discipline.
Mr Najib declined to comment further when asked how Hamidah had breached party discipline.PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's ruling party Umno has sacked one of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's most vocal critics, Datuk Hamidah Osman, after a top-level meeting on Tuesday (Nov 24) chaired by the premier himself.

"The supreme council has unanimously decided that she is to be expelled and will lose her Umno membership over a breach of discipline," Datuk Seri Najib, who is also Umno president, told the press of the Umno Women's wing chief in Gopeng, Perak, after chairing the party's supreme council meeting, the New Straits Times reported.

He declined to comment further when asked by reporters how Hamidah had breached party discipline, The Star said.

Datuk Hamidah has since May been publicly criticising the party and Mr Najib over the management of state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which is mired in billions of dollars of losses, and has called for the premier's resignation.

 

She has also openly criticised Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Datuk Hamidah's sacking follows that of Langkawi Umno member Anina Saadudin, who was expelled after she took Mr Najib to court over a RM2.6 million (S$865,697) political donation.

Besides Datuk Hamidah, several senior Umno politicians including deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin, vice-president Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, son of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad who is Mr Najib's most prominent critic, were also rumoured to be facing the axe.

Mr Muhyiddin and Mr Shafie were sacked from the Cabinet on July 28 for allegedly being critical of Mr Najib over the RM2.6 billion donation and 1MDB. Both did not turn up for the supreme council meeting on Tuesday.