Umno member who sued Najib to sue party's sec-gen over sacking

Umno member who sued Najib to sue party's sec-gen over sacking
Umno has sacked Anina Saadudin, who had filed a suit against party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the RM2.6 billion donation controversy.
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PETALING JAYA: Anina Saadudin, the Langkawi Umno member who filed a suit against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the US$ 700 mil lion (S$990 million) donation in his account, has questioned her sacking from the party.

Anina said Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had no right to sack her from the party, citing flaws in the termination letters she received.

She said it was wrong for the party to distribute copies of the letters, dated Sept 1 and Sept 2 to the media, which she claimed she had yet to receive.

"My address was also spelt wrongly," she read a press statement to reporters at her lawyer's office in Kota Damansara here, Thursday.

Anina, through her lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, had named Najib and Umno executive secretary Datuk Abdul Rauf Yusof as the defendants in the suit.

Following this, Umno sacked her from the party on Tuesday, with Tengku Adnan saying that her membership was automatically terminated because she took party matters to court.

Anina also wants Tengku Adnan to retract the termination letter within three working days.

"Failure to do so, I have the right to take legal action against him for breaching party rules and failing to protect Umno assets," she said, adding that a letter of demand had also been sent to Tengku Adnan.

Anina said it was a form of misconduct on behalf of the party to allow the letters to be made public.

"Besides, how could they conclude that I lost my membership with immediate effect when the letters had two different dates?" she said.

Anina maintained that she initiated the suit against Najib, also the prime minister, last month due to obligations as a party member.

"In my suit, the claims were against the wrong doer (Umno president) Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and not on 'party matters or my rights as a member'.

"Tengku Adnan does not have the right to sack me from the party as in the statement of claim, the party's supreme council members, including him, are accomplice and in cahoot with the wrong doer," she said.

Anina said she has the support of "millions of people" and the guidance from God in initiating the suit against Najib.

"If you love Umno, we need to fear Allah and think of our children. Why fear the powers?," she said.

She also ruled out the possibility of joining the opposition, as her love for Umno "remains".

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