ZAM: Ignore Irrational Narrow minded Bigots in BN Parties; Hishammuddin: Trying to Untruth Allegations;PM Abdullah: Avoid extremist tendencies
Malaysiakini has the earlier Spat between Gerakan and UMNO over some Remarks and the latest PM warns about religious extremism. PM Abdullah warned Malaysians to be on their guard against religious extremists tearing apart the multiracial nation which suffered deadly race riots in 1969.
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Paranjothy's Remarks Of Little Importance, Says Zam
He was commenting on Paranjothy's racially sensitive remarks against Umno which has resulted in Gerakan initiating disciplinary action against its Youth vice-chief. Zainuddin said that in matters such as these, Umno itself had taken similar disciplinary action since the time when the party was under the leadership of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the country's first prime minister. "In Umno itself, there have been voices which sought to have MCA dismissed from the then
"Nevertheless, more evidently, Umno leaders are prepared to condemn and act against extremist groups within the party to the extent of becoming unpopular in the party. This may happen less in the other component parties," he said. The minister said this had happened not only during the time of Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but it continues to happen even now, for example the tolerance shown by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi which was, at times, disliked by some Umno members. "In fact, the BN has the strength to stand by its principles and not be swayed by racial pressure in any situation because of importance to the BN is the interests of all the component parties and not just of the respective parties," he said.
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Prevent Extremist Tendencies From Taking Root - Abdullah
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Umno Youth to counter allegations
MARAN: Umno Youth will answer all allegations made by Gerakan Youth vice-chief S. Paranjothy against Umno and its leaders, Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said. He said Paranjothy's accusations were serious and aimed at Umno leaders, including himself and his deputy, Khairy Jamaluddin. "He claimed that he was telling the truth but that was not the case," he said when asked to comment on the issue. Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon on Sunday said disciplinary action would be taken against Paranjothy for his statement which had hurt Umno members. Asked whether Paranjothy's party membership should be suspended, Hishammuddin, who is Barisan Nasional Youth chairman, said the matter should be handled by Gerakan leaders. "It's Gerakan's right to make such a decision. They themselves have said that Paranjothy's allegations are baseless." Hishammuddin said the opposition, including Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was already taking advantage of the issue. "He's been campaigning that he will rebuild all demolished Hindu temples and develop the Indian community. "Those who listen to his ceramah should ask him how many temples and Tamil schools he had helped build when he was deputy prime minister and education minister."
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Hishammuddin Welcomes Action Against Paranjothy
MARAN, Dec 24 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has welcomed the move by Gerakan to initiate disciplinary action against its National Youth vice-chairman S. Paranjothy over his racially sensitive remarks against Umno. Hishammuddin said this reflected Gerakan's stand and the Barisan Nasional (BN) spirit in dealing with the issue. "That's the stand of the leadership of a BN component party when something that should not have happened did happen," he told reporters after visiting several schools here today. On his statement that Umno Youth may consider severing ties with Gerakan if the movement was dissatisfied with the explanation over Paranjothy's remarks,
Hishammuddin said it was not a threat against anyone. "It was not a threat, I was merely stating the facts. I've never threatened anyone when it comes to matters involving the truth or the party," he said. According to Hishammuddin, he did not intend to turn the issue into a racial polemic as he was merely concerned with addressing false accusations levelled against the leadership of Umno Youth and Umno itself. To a question, he said it was not for him to say whether or not Paranjothy should remain in Gerakan or the BN. "That's not my prerogative. If he were an Umno Youth member, I would have sacked him," he said.
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Gerakan Moves To Act Against Paranjothy Over Sensitive Remarks
Koh said Paranjothy had disregarded the team spirit in Gerakan because as the party's Youth vice-chief he should have consulted other party leaders before making a major statement. "His action is clearly contrary to my advice for Gerakan to always find constructive solutions to all problems, no matter how difficult, including matters related to the problems faced by the Indians," he added. He regarded as inappropriate Paranjothy's open verbal "attack" of another BN component party. Koh described as inapt a comment by Hishammuddin that Umno Youth would sever ties with Gerakan if the movement was dissatisfied with the explanation over Paranjothy's remarks because he said Paranjothy was only a young leader. He said Hishammuddin, as the Umno Youth chief, can reprimand and criticise Paranjothy or Gerakan Youth or seek an explanation from him (Koh) as the Gerakan leader but threatening to cut off relations with the party was inappropriate.
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Gerakan to act against youth leader for criticising Umno, govt
Opalyn Mok; theSUN
The case has been referred to the party’s disciplinary committee, which will decide on the action to be taken. The decision will be forwarded to the central working committee for further action. Paranjothy faces being suspended or stripped of his position. Koh, who called a press conference at the Gerakan headquarters to announce that disciplinary action was being taken against Paranjothy, also voiced his disappointment over Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s ‘‘over-reaction” to the statement. “I am taken aback and disappointed over Hishammuddin’s response in his threat that Umno Youth will sever all relations with Gerakan,” he said. “It is not right for him say that Umno Youth and Barisan Nasional want to sever all relationships with the whole party because of a single statement by one Gerakan youth leader. This emotional outburst is not right and it is an over-reaction for him to say that.”
Koh also clarified that the disciplinary action to be taken against Paranjothy is not because of demands from Umno Youth but because of the party’s stand to act against all its leaders and members who breached discipline. On Friday, Paranjothy released a statement to malaysiakini pointing the finger at Umno for raising racial sentiments among the Malays to gain political mileage. He alleged that Hishammuddin’s keris-waving and his deputy Khairy Jamaluddin’s claim that non-Malays would take advantage of a weak Umno leadership were prime examples of racial posturing. Hishammuddin responded on Saturday by demanding an explanation from Koh. “If the explanation given is not satisfactory, we are prepared to sever all relations with Gerakan. This is no laughing matter,” Hishammuddin reportedly said.
Commenting on former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin’s statement that