Thursday, May 29, 2008

Abdullah's Reform Agenda Spurred Ezam To Join Umno!

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's efforts to reform the judiciary and combat corruption was what spurred former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor to rejoin Umno.

Speaking at a press conference here today to explain his decision to rejoin the party, Ezam said these latest developments "opened his heart" to get back into Umno, which he left in 1999.

"I join politics because I was ambitious about bring positive changes...I am now confident many more reforms will be made (by the Prime Minister) in future," he said.

On Wednesday, Abdullah, who is also Umno president, announced that Ezam would be re-accepted into Umno without any conditions after there were no objections from the party's Supreme Council (MT) and Umno Youth.

Prior to joining Parti Keadilan Nasional (PKR's predecessor) in 1999, Ezam was the Petaling Jaya Selatan Umno Youth chief, from 1993 to 1996, Selangor Umno Youth secretary from 1996 to 1998 and Petaling Jaya Selatan Umno deputy head.

From 1996 to 1998 he was also the political secretary to the Finance Minister then and was a fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies from 1998 to 2005.

In KANGAR, Umno vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin said Ezam's application to rejoin Umno would have to be deliberated by the MT.

"The MT has the power to accept or reject (Ezam's application). His case has to be brought before the MT," he told reporters after holding a briefing on Umno's code of ethics for Perlis Umno leaders here Thursday.

Muhyiddin, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, said Ezam could not be given automatic acceptance because of his past political record. "If he did not have a past record it would have been okay. But his case (having a past record) must be brought up to the MT," he added. (Bernama)

***** Ezam has given his reasons for rejoining Umno. Whether people will believe him is of course another matter.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous darcwil said...

This Ezam issue has been given a little too much publicity in my opinion, he is of an ordinary member, so what is the hype? Oh yes, i forgot, it's because of Ezam who used to be this hardcore hotshot in Keadilan... WHo's mentor was DSAI... yes indeed... With the influence he exerts, we shall see whether his other PKR friends will also join UMNO? It got me thinking, despite DSAI's strong efforts to recruit more members for PKR, how good is PR in sustaining their members in the first place?

5:36 PM GMT+8  
Blogger A Voice said...

I am pre-empting with some basis.

Take a peek at this article from Pemuda Pejuang on my blog ... Hishamddin: Ura-ura mahu kekal jawatan Ketua pemuda

5:37 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

He was personally welcomed by Pak Lah! They are showing that he is fed-up of Keadilan & DSAI lah, what else?
He's a traitor...the worst kind of snake. Probably has a nice, fat Swiss Account now (enough to last 3 generations!).
On the other hand, maybe he's a "mole" placed in UMNO by DSAI! Has anyone thought of that?!

7:37 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Purple Haze said...

I remember Rais Yatim wrote an interesting thesis for his PhD which was critical of the instruments used by the ruling party in stifling the democratic process in Malaysia.

Of course, he (Rais) subsequently did a U-turn and now is part of the ruling party, as a Minister, no less. Power-grabber ?

Similarly, will Ezam be part of the "new" UMNO line up?

2:46 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Shai-Hulud said...

http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/8166/1/

Ezam tries to not sound like a racist ("He also said he did not believe in the concept of "Ketuanan Melayu" or "Ketuanan Rakyat" for that matter because the concept of "lordship" is a Roman one and not an Islamic concept." and "holds strongly to the concept of an Islamic Malay nation that respects and acknowledges the rights of the other citizens from other races.”). But he really is- "... he said, Keadilan was set up as a multiracial Malay-based party, but slowly, it dropped the "Malay-based" aspect and just became a multiracial party. Ezam said that to lose that foundation is "a big sin." "It crossed the line," he said.).

So there you go.

8:19 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

Shai-Hulud,

Hmmm, I guess then since he is a Racist, he was "somehat" telling the truth! He has returned to UMNO based on the fact (we all know well) that UMNO is Racist to the core!

8:57 AM GMT+8  
Blogger DIASPORA said...

A fellow like Ezam who does 'kataking' as a pastime and as a hobby probably is the worst of humankind. It would bode wel for UMNO which has similar creatures in its folds to be wary of sucu men. They have no mettle. They think that the Public are fools and can be hoodwinked with their ever so 'holistic' outbursts.

Ezam is typical of the very Politician of this country. There are so many many ways to do good for the country. the last would be to join a political party - unless of course you are waiting in line to loot the coffers.

Let us sincerely hope that this characted does not decide to jump back into Pakatan once his 'fertile' mind finds out that UMNO is not out to root out 'Corruption'. God Forbid.

2:52 PM GMT+8  

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