Friday, September 29, 2006

Umno Expels "Sang Kelembai" Blogger. So They Do Read Blogs.

Umno Thursday expelled Zaharin Yassin, who is former Bandar Tun Razak Umno secretary, for criticising the party leadership in his blog entitled "Sang Kelembai".

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who is Umno president, said the decision was made by the party's Supreme Council (MT) unanimously after going through reports of the Management Committee and Disciplinary Board. "The Management Committee tabled the case and the MT unanimously decided that he be expelled," he told reporters after chairing the Umno MT meeting here Thursday.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad told reporters later that the MT viewed Zaharin's offence seriously and decided to impose a heavier penalty than recommended by the Disciplinary Board and Management Committee.

The Umno Disciplinary Board which had tried the case recently, had recommended for Zaharin to be suspended until the next party election with a warning that if he continued to write articles critical of the party leadership, he would be expelled.

**** Well, well, well! Looks like blogs ARE taken seriously by the big boys and they are at least now aware of the increasing influence bloggers may have over the average Joe. Of course Sang Kelembai is no ordinary blog and Zaharin Yassin himself is well known in Umno circles.

His expulsion clearly shows that apart from the fear of someone inside criticising the party and perhaps slowly spilling the beans, Umno is again fast becoming an intolerant entity much like in the dictatorial Mahathir era. In the past senior Umno members have not been expelled for committing much much more serious offences.

So other bloggers who are in the party or write anti-Umno stuff please take care. Abang Besar is watching.


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