In September 2008, UMNO Supreme Council decided to suspend Ahmad Ismail for 3 years for uttering racist remarks. Many people had in fact asked that ISA be used against him, but as an ISA opponent myself, I was against practising double standard, and i thought he should not be held under iSA but should instead face the other existing laws of the country..
Politically, his antics in fanning the emotions of his members resulting in the pulling down and stamping on the photo of a head of a component party (Gerakan)was inexcusable, and the least UMNO could have done is to expel him. A three year suspension of party membership, without any legal actions taken against him, was grossly inadequate in the minds of many.
Parti Gerakan was badly affected firstly by his action and secondly by this inadequate action of punishment. In fact, the party should have withdrawn from Barisan and stayed independent.
So in the light of the lifting of suspension of his membership, not even half way through the sentence, I wish to lodge my strongest protest and hope the party leadership would do the same.
I urge the party members to speak up on this issue and perhaps the party should seriously reconsider its position within the Barisan, as this lifting of sentence is no doubt a slap on the face of all Gerakan members, ignoring the feelings of Gerakan leaders as well as members.