A Wanita Umno leader has come to the defence of wing chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (pic), who was called a liability and asked to step down by the Cheras Umno division head.
“Who is Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabsee to call Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil a liability?
“To me, Shahrizat is the commander of the wing and she has contributed to the party’s cause,” Wanita Umno deputy secretary Datuk Rosni Sahar said Saturday.
“He shouldn’t have said that!” Rosni added.
On Friday, Syed Ali went on Astro Awani to openly ask Shahrizat to resign from her post as the wing head.
Syed, in his blog, also said Wanita Umno should be more realistic and put people’s agenda first rather than chasing for bigger role in the party.
He said getting a higher position in the leadership hierarchy shouldn’t be of importance.
Wanita Umno had suggested earlier that the number of vice-president’s posts should be increased to accommodate a woman leader.
Rosni countered this saying, “Wanita Umno is the backbone of the party. One hundred and eighty out of 191 Wanita delegates voted for the president.
“Shahrizat is a capable leader. All the wings and the supreme council members have made the party stronger. Internal squabbles are something we should avoid and it is sad to see Syed Ali doing so,” she said.
“Why has he to talk about it to the media now? He certainly has made this into an issue now,” she said.
Rosni said the matter of the vice-president’s seat would be discussed next year and said that Syed Ali had complicated things by speaking too soon.
“We’ve discussed it with the president (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) and he told us he will discuss with the supreme council next year if the additional seat can be included into the party’s constitution,” she said.
It is believed that Syed Ali is aligned to former Wanita chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
This is not the first time Syed Ali has questioned Shahrizat’s leadership of the wing. He has called on her to step down on a number of occasions over the last two years.-NST