Tuesday, March 17, 2009


The UMNO disciplinary board has found Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam guilty of breaking party election rules.

The board's chairman Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail informed at the party headquarters today that Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam will now be banned from contesting the UMNO deputy presidency.

Tengku Ahmad Rithaudeen also confirmed that incumbent UMNO Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaludin had also been found guilty of breaking election rules. Khairy, will however be allowed to contest the wing's top post.

Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Talk had been rife over the past few days that Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who was said to be doing well in the contest for the UMNO No. 2 post, was being investigated by the board. The speculation raised the political temperature as the party election campaign entered its final lap, with just days left before more than 2,000 delegates chose the new party line-up.

The UMNO general assembly will begin at the PWTC here on Tuesday.The UMNO deputy presidency will now be a two-man contest, between Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

news courtesy of tunku, picture courtesy of Agendadaily