Umno suspends Zahid’s critic as rift widens in party

Tun Faisal (left) is a vocal critic of Zahid (right). – photo

THE Umno supreme council has suspended its party’s Putrajaya deputy head, Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz for six years as the party holds its annual general meeting today with simmering tension among its top guns.

Tun Faisal’s suspension was made by council which met last night and the suspension letter, which had since gone viral, was signed by its party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

It is believed that the disciplinary action against Tun Faisal was initiated by Umno chief Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor over the former’s harsh criticisms against party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Faisal has been vocal against party leaders in favour of ending the co-operation with Bersatu.

Faisal is also the press secretary to Federal Territory Minister Datuk Seri Annuar Musa, another Umno bigwig who had also spoken out against the suggestions to ditch Bersatu.

The Umno general assembly convenes today as the party, which had ruled the country unchallenged since Independence until 2018, is torn between playing second fiddle to Bersatu under Perikatan Nasional and ditching the party led by PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Umno leaders holding Cabinet posts are generally in favour of supporting Perikatan Nasional, while those without, such as Zahid and Ahmad Maslan are more inclined to leave. Zahid, Ahmad Maslan, Tengu Adnan and several other Umno MPs are also facing graft and power abuse charges.