UMNO Leader Claims Tengku Adnan May Have Singlehandedly Cut Funding To Divisions
United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Parit Sulong Division chief Datuk Zulkarnain Kamisan claimed yesterday, 31 May, that the decision to end monthly support payments to party divisions may have been taken without deliberation
Berita Harian reported Zulkarnain as saying that UMNO secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor might have made the decision alone. He also emphasised that a move as such should be discussed by the supreme council to ensure that all views are heard.
"I don't think there was any discussion with the party's supreme council. Tengku Adnan made the decision," he said.
Zulkarnain then revealed that he only received the notification letter, declaring the end of monthly payments to party divisions, through WhatsApp.
Zulkarnain was referring to a letter, signed by Tengku Adnan, which announced the end of monthly stipends to UMNO divisions beginning May 2018
The letter also told all divisions to carry on operations as usual.
Malay Mail reported UMNO supreme council member and Sri Gading division chief Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi as saying that the party's funds are now limited after police seized RM120 million in cash from condominiums linked to former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
"All this while the fund had come from him (Najib), now the money is with the police so the funds are limited," Ab Aziz was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.
Zulkarnain's doubt seems to be supported by UMNO treasurer-general Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, who reportedly expressed ignorance over the decision
"I don't know, you ask Ku Nan (Tengku Adnan)," Salleh was quoted as saying by Berita Harian when he was asked about the letter.
Nonetheless, Hulu Selangor UMNO division chief Datuk Johan Abd Aziz was supportive of the move, saying that it is likely to reduce overheads.
"This could be part of a preliminary step, seeing the necessitous condition that we are in, to streamline cost," he was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.