KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — UMNO is open to the idea of ‘taking back’ members who had been suspended from the party, its president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
Ahmad Zahid said the UMNO disciplinary board will go through each appeal before a final decision is made by the party’s Supreme Council.
“So far, many of our friends have submitted appeals for them to be accepted back as UMNO members. The Supreme Council is open to hearing out suggestions from the disciplinary board.
“Normally, the report from the disciplinary board will be perused by the Management Committee before being brought to the Supreme Council as only the Supreme Council can make final decisions, be it warnings, suspensions or expulsions,” he told reporters at the end of the 2023 UMNO general assembly here today.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, also confirmed that UMNO has yet to receive any appeal from former members who were expelled from the party.
In January, UMNO suspended the memberships of Sembrong Umno division chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, former Umno Youth vice-chief Shahril Sufian Hamdan and former Pasir Salak division chief Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman for six years.
Also suspended were Tebrau division chief Datuk Maulizan Bujang and Jempol division chief Datuk Seri Mohd Salim Shariff while those sacked were former Rembau MP and division deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin, former Ketereh division chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa and former Tanjung Karang division chief Tan Sri Noh Omar.