'Sacked member is wrong, democracy thriving in Umno'

KUALA LUMPUR: Khairy Jamaluddin has dismissed a claim by sacked party member Datuk Hamidah Osman that democracy in the party is dead, citing the numerous people who are still members despite their criticisms of the party.

The Umno Youth chief said Hamidah, the former Gopeng Wanita division chief, was expelled as she had crossed the line.

"Democracy in Umno is still very healthy and in this country, we are the most democratic because for our supreme council, elections are held right to the division level.

"It is the ordinary members at the division meetings who choose even our party president," Khairy told a media conference after opening the Umno Youth Bumiputra Funds Convention yesterday.

The news that Hamidah was sacked emerged last week after an Umno supreme council meeting.

Hamidah, commenting on her expulsion, was reported to have said that it signalled the death of democracy in Umno.

Khairy took a swipe at DAP, questioning how many of its members were actually involved in the election for its central executive committee.

He said that in a democracy, freedom should come with responsibility.

"If our members breach party discipline, action will be taken against them; the same as what Opposition party members will face if they break ranks in their parties."

Asked about deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who on his Facebook page posted a comment questioning the procedures in the sacking of Hamidah, Khairy said it was not an issue.

The Umno supreme council had the final say in determining any disciplinary action, he said.