NewGen president calls out Ezam's bid to 'steal' party presidency

ADRIAN LAI

KUALA LUMPUR: New Generation Party (NewGen Party) president Datuk G. Kumaar Aaman has challenged Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor to run for the party president’s post instead of “stealing” it.

“I want to tell Ezam that if he wants my post as NewGen Party president, then he should contest in the party election instead of ‘stealing’ it through lies and falsifications.

“Many of my friends have called me up saying this is the first they have heard of someone wanting to steal a political post and party,” said Kumaar in a statement today.

NewGen Party was purportedly renamed by now suspended secretary-general S. Gobi Krishnan last month. He had announced that the party was now called Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR).

Ezam, who was a former Umno, PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia member, was appointed as PBR president.

Kumaar said claims that PBR held an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at a shop selling tiles on Jalan Ipoh had made Ezam a “national laughing stock”.

“This is very funny and if I were Ezam, I would be ashamed of myself and retire from politics immediately.”

Earlier this month, the Registrar of Societies (RoS) found that the EGM had never taken place, and that no one had bought or rented the shop in question over the past year.

“I urge the RoS to immediately take action against Ezam under the Societies Act 1966. Such an undignified individual should be stopped from getting involved in politics,” said Kumaar.

Kumaar had recently lodged a police report and filed a complaint with the RoS, alleging that Ezam had contravened the party’s constitution and RoS regulations.

He had said Gobi was suspended as secretary-general last month for breaching the party’s constitution and for appointing a new committee without notifying the president.

He had also claimed Ezam had attempted to change the name of the party without the knowledge and agreement of the 300 party members.

Kumaar has been president since March 16 last year. The party was registered in September 2013.