Sacked Umno Wanita deputy chief Kamilia Ibrahim denied that Umno or BN had offered her any seats for the general election as claimed by Umno president Najib Abdul Razak.
She said this in a Facebook posting last night, adding she accepted the party’s decision that she is not needed.
“I would like to thank Umno for giving me a chance to serve the past 30 years.
“I decided to quit Umno and go independent to continue to champion the cause of women and the Kuala Kangsar people. It is time to open a new chapter,” she added.
Najib was reported to have told reporters that Kamilia was offered to contest in the Bukit Chandan state seat but she declined.
Invitation from PKR
Meanwhile PKR has offered Kamilia who is contesting as an Independent for the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat, to join it and assist in the Pakatan Rakyat cause.
The offer was made by PKR deputy Wanita chief Rodziah Ismail to Kamilia and stands regardless whether the former Umno leader wins or loses in the general election.
Rodziah (left) told Sinar Harian that she and the party would like to offer Kamila to join the opposition to give her a better platform to advance the cause of women – which she is highly qualified to do so.
“We want individuals who have the same principles and goals as us. Kamilia has seen that Umno does not fulfill what the people are struggling for,” she said.
Rodziah described Kamilia’s actions to contest as an Independent as a big blow to Umno.
Kamilia, a lawyer is facing a three-cornered fight with BN’s Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad and Khalil Idham Lim of PAS.
Rafidah Aziz, who was Kuala Kangsar MP for six terms, is not defending the seat.
On Saturday when Kamilia filed her nomination papers, she also said that she was relinquishing all her posts in Umno.
It is also reported that Kuala Kangsar Umno Wanita was shocked with Kamilia’s actions but they would not support her in this election and would support the BN candidate.
Kuala Kangsar Umno Wanita secretary Aishah Halid said prior to this she had advised Kamilia to accept the party decision.
“However, Kamilia felt insulted. There is a vacancy but it is not her fate,” Aishah was quoted in Malaysiakini.
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