The Umno Supreme Council today decided to suspend the deputy chairman of the party’s Putrajaya division, amid rumours of a purge of dissident leaders, MalaysiaNow has learnt.
Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, who has been under disciplinary proceedings by the party, was suspended over comments critical of its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
When contacted, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, the Umno election director who is also a Supreme Council member, confirmed the decision.
He also dismissed rumours that two senior Umno leaders would be sacked.
“Yes, only one,” he told the press at the Umno headquarters after a Supreme Council meeting tonight ahead of the general assembly’s conclusion.
Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan was coy when urged to confirm Tun Faisal’s suspension.
However, he confirmed that a member had been suspended for six years, or two cycles of the Umno elections.
He said a letter had been sent informing the individual of the suspension.
When contacted, Tun Faisal said he would wait for the letter.
Tun Faisal, who is the press secretary for another vocal Umno leader, Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa, has been in a bitter row with the Putrajaya Umno chairman Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
MalaysiaNow earlier reported that Tengku Adnan has been trying to block any chance of Tun Faisal taking over the division.
This is because Tengku Adnan is required to step down as the division head following his recent conviction of corruption.