Umno Supreme Council today sacked Zaid Ibrahim from the party for attending opposition events.
Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made the announcement at about 11.30pm after chairing the supreme council meeting at party headquarters in Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Abdullah did not give any details of the opposition events that Zaid had attended.
The supreme council meeting started at 8.30pm and Zaid’s participation in the opposite camp was among the main agenda for the day.
To a question by reporters, Abdullah said that Zaid had no avenue to appeal against his dismissal.
“Once he has been sacked, there is no opportunity to appeal,” said the prime minister during the 10-minute press conference.
Also present at the press conference were his deputy Najib Abdul Razak and party secretary general Tengku Adnan Mansor.
When asked if Zaid had provoked this sort of action from the party by being seen with the opposition, Abdullah said:
“There were wrongdoings by Zaid as he was seen in the company of the opposition leaders. This is something which is against Umno ethics.”
Party had no choice
Abdullah said that Umno had no choice but to take that drastic action against Zaid.
“The party must be consistent in these sort of matters,” he added.
The former de facto law minister has been toying with the opposition ever since he stepped down from his government post in September over his disapproval of the Internal Security Act.
Last Saturday he made a shocking appearance at the PKR national congress opening. He however had denied that he had joined any of the opposition parties.
“Yes, yes, I am still in Umno. I have not been sacked yet,” he had told reporters on Saturday.
And on Friday night, he was seen at the DAP victory dinner in Penang.