'I am Not a Traitor' booklet made rounds in Umno general assembly

A BOOKLET entitled Aku Bukan Petualang (I am Not a Traitor) has been circulated to delegates, joining the list of controversial publications making the rounds during the Umno general assembly.

The 28-page publication was said to have been distributed by several people outside the Putra World Trade Centre before the start of the assembly in the morning.

Besides highlighting the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's perspective and his sacking from the Cabinet, it stated that the deputy president remained a loyal Umno member and had no intention of forming any new political party.

Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said he too had the booklet.

"I don't know how it was distributed here. We have a system where we can discuss the matter. This was not a good thing to do," he told reporters.

He also said that the Government did not support the Red Shirts rally despite a book on the Sept 16 gathering making an appearance at the assembly.

The book, published by the Special Affairs Department (Jasa), had showcased the gathering.

"The Government is not supporting the rally. As for the book, you have to ask the Jasa chief," said Tengku Adnan.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said it was normal for "all sorts of books to get distributed during the party assemblies".

"Even in (former prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's time, there were provocative materials distributed but they did not affect the proceedings," he said.

On the booklet on Muhyiddin, Hishammuddin said he had not noticed anything odd.

"So far, all events are running smoothly. As for any action against those who produced or distributed the book, that will be left to the Umno headquarters," he said, adding that he had yet to read the booklet himself.