06 October, 2009

No report on Isa Samad's suspension from Umno, No talk on cow's head please !

At least two Chinese-language dailies have been ordered not to report on Isa Samad's suspension from Umno, after he was found guilty of buying votes during the party polls in 2004, according to Malaysiakini.

… a source in a Chinese daily said the ban prevents any mention of Isa’s suspension in either news reports or commentaries.

“The reason given was that the suspension is a widely known old fact and that Isa has already been punished. As such, it would be best to let the voters to decide for themselves,” said the source.

“BN is also worried that the issue could become another blow to its campaign, given the internal problems between Isa and current Menteri Besar Mohammad Hassan.

Recently, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk T. Murugiah warned the public that anyone bringing up the Shah Alam cow's head incident during the Bagan Pinang election campaign will be detained immediately and could face charges of inciting racial tensions.

Isa, who won the Umno vice-president's post in the 2004 party elections, was found guilty of the charge. His suspension took effect on June 24, 2005.

Umno Disciplinary Board suspended Isa,for two terms or six years after finding him guilty on five of the nine charges of money politics during the 2004 party election.

Isa emerged top for the vice-president's post for the 2004/2007 term, garnering 1,507 votes, ahead of Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Ali Rustam and the then Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (now International Trade and Industry Minister).

Following the guilty verdict, Isa was suspended from all party posts including as Negeri Sembilan Umno chief and Teluk Kemang division head.

Isa's suspension was reduced from six to three years upon his appeal on July 6, 2005.

He resigned as Federal Territory Minister on Oct 17, 2005 following his suspension from Umno.

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was against Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad nomination as candidate for the Bagan Pinang state by-election.

He said UMNO's image would be affected because it would be regarded as not being serious in fighting money politics if it chose as candidate those who were already found guilty of political corruption.

"Tan Sri Isa has already been found guilty. If UMNO fields him, it means that UMNO is not serious about such cases.

"Even if he can win there, (we) have to consider what the whole of Malaysia thinks of UMNO," he said.

Meanwhile, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad has reminded the Opposition not to play up his “money-politics” case if he is picked by UMNO-BN to contest the Bagan Pinang by-election.

“Saya tengok, pembangkang keluar penjara pun jadi calon. Ada dalam penjara pun boleh jadi calon. Jadi, apa masalahnya?

“Saya cuma dikenakan tindakan disiplin dan bukan jenayah. Tapi pembangkang, yang dipenjara, didakwa dan masih dalam pendakwaan pun boleh bertanding. Cita-cita besar lagi.... Takkan saya tak boleh?”

- Sinar Harian – Sept 11, 2009



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