Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rahman Dahlan: Rafidah's comments on party loyalty 'strange'

Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan says he finds Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz’s comments regarding party loyalty “strange”, considering her past actions when serving as Wanita Umno chief. 

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Rafidah, a former Cabinet minister, said that loyalty should be given to the nation and the party, and not blindly to any individuals. 

Responding to this, Abdul Rahman, who is the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, said that he found her comments odd since Rafidah herself, when serving as Wanita Umno chief, had never made a single remark about the party’s funds being in the hands of foreign proxies. 

He questioned Rafidah’s decision not to question the then Umno president on why funds were in the hands of proxies, or how it was being spent. 

He said Rafidah had never voiced any concern at that time concerning funds kept by proxies whom Umno members themselves did not know.  

“Did the ‘Iron Lady’ not support the nation and the party at the time? Or was she supporting individuals?” asked Abdul Rahman on his Twitter account on Sunday. 

Recently, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said that she was puzzled by Rafidah's posts on Facebook concerning Malaysia’s political situation. 

"I shake my head and am puzzled when reading her posts. For 22 years that Rafidah led Wanita, we were always reminded to be disciplined and loyal to the party leadership, especially to the president,” she was reported to have said. 

In response, Rafidah stressed that she was a loyal Umno member who “will die as Umno member”.

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