Butt out, Selangor Umno tells Gerakan

Free Malaysia Today – Selangor Umno has, in not so many words, told Gerakan to mind its own business on the possibility of maverick parliamentarian Zulkifili Noordin joining Umno.

Selangor Umno liaison chief Abdul Shukur Idrus said it was Umno’s prerogative to accept or reject applications from individuals wishing to join the party.

“It is our (Umno) right to accept or decline applications from individuals. If there is an application from an individual, it will be processed according to procedure. The supreme council will decide on its worth,” he said in a subtle response to Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan’s comments yesterday.

Gerakan voiced its concern over a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that Umno’s door “was always open to anyone wanting to become its members”, including Zulkifli.

Teng urged Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership not to accept the Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP as a member.

He said Zulkifli was sacked by Party Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) for his unwillingness to subscribe to multi-racialism.