Monday, August 10

Noh: EC chairman and deputy uphold civil service ethics despite being Umno members

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TANJONG KARANG: Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof and his deputy, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar’s membership in Umno should not be an issue as they hold strongly to the working ethics of civil servants.

Selangor Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar said even though Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad were members of Umno, he was confident of their loyalty to their duties as senior government officers who had served a long time and had managed several general elections before this.

“It is because of that they have been promoted to the most senior positions for their loyalty and sacrifice as civil servants. Had they been loyal only to Umno, they would have been made ministers now rather than being mere civil servants.

“Like me, I was a government officer but I was interested in politics and I supported Umno’s struggle so I resigned as a legal officer to become a politician. Therefore using their membership in Umno to taint their positions in EC was being shallow and irresponsible,” he told a media conference after opening a course on strengthening the sugar cane industry, here yesterday.

Noh, who is also the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, was commenting on the call by Parti
Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail yesterday that the
two most senior EC officers resign after Abdul Aziz was alleged to be a member of Sri Ampang Baru Umno branch while Wan Ahmad was a member of the Kubang Bunggor (Pasir Mas) Umno in Kelantan.

He said the opposition had run out of issues when they questioned the integrity of Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad and tried to create a momentum for an assembly organised by a non-governmental organisation today and for the coming 13th general election. — Bernama