On Tuesday (Sept 28th) Tan Sri Isa Samad admitted that he has quitted from the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) as he wants to contend in the Port Dickson by-election. He stated two days before he resigned, he wrote and send his resignation letter to the Teluk Kemang Umno division. From there the resignation letter was forwarded to the party headquarters. He briefed to reporters that as he is no longer a member of Umno; hence, there is no question of sacking him.
Isa Samad, apart from holding the post of a former Vice-President of Umno was also a Negri Sembilan mentri besat for 22 long years. He answered the questions dropped by the reporters on the likelihood of Isa facing punitive action as he would be contesting the by-election. He added as a part of the rule, he should be sacked. However, after being an Umno member for a long time, he has resigned from the post. He joked that he have sacked himself and the party doesn’t need to sack him.
Isa stated that he would be contending the by-election as an independent candidate, as he is a PD boy. On the other hand, Umno declared that they would ban the by-elections as it has been set-up in order to fulfill the political needs of an individual.
Isa doesn’t want to brag to voters his accomplishments in the parliamentary constituency, as he holds a good track record of serving the people of Port Dickson for more than 40 years. He holds complete faith in the people of Port Dickson as they know his way of working. Hence, it is up to the voters whether he deserves to be the MP or not.
The Port Dickson by-election will see a five-cornered battle between Pakatan Harapan, PAS, Parti Rakyat Malaysia and two independent candidates – Stevie Chan Keng Leong and Isa.
The by-election was prompted with the exit of its obligatory MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah making way for the return of PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s to the Parliament.