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Saturday, 20 August 2011

PM Najib: Umno not involved in Damansara Utama church op

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno is not behind the recent operation by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC), party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

“It is a baseless and illogical allegation by the opposition.

“How can Umno order Jais when it comes under the state?” he told reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting here yesterday.

He was asked to comment on claims by the opposition that Umno had a hand in ordering Jais to perform an operation on the DUMC on Aug 3.

Najib stressed that the DUMC controversy did not involve the Federal Government but came under the purview of the state.

He said the matter was a state issue which should be resolved by it.

He said the issue was discussed by the Umno supreme council, which upholds the principles of religious freedom under the Federal Constitution while maintaining that Islam is the official religion of the Federation.

“Islam is the official federal religion that cannot be disputed.

“There should be no attempt to convert a Muslim or to cause a Muslim to sway from the Islamic faith,” he said.

However, he said, Umno also upholds the principles of the constitution that those of other faiths are free to practise their religion.

On another issue, Najib said the party had sacked Selayang Umno division member Datin Dayang Juliana Awang Tamby with no possibility of rejoining the party.

He said the action was taken as Dayang Juliana had gone against the party's constitution by contesting as an independent in the Sarawak state election in April.

Dayang Juliana, the sole woman candidate from Parti Cinta Malaysia, lost her deposit in a four-cornered fight in Bekenu.

Najib also said that Umno has 3,277,444 members currently with Sabah having the largest number (483,013), followed by Johor (450,004) and Selangor (428,525).

ORIGINAL POST: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/8/20/nation/9338384&sec=nation


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