That Mat finally get what he wishes – a three years holidays for calling the Chinese ‘pendatang’ that they don’t deserve equal treatment as the Malays enjoy.

The decision of suspending the Bukit Bendera Umno Chief was reached at a special meeting of the Umno supreme council held at the PWTC Wednesday afternoon. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi chaired the meeting that lasted almost three hours.

Abdullah told a press conference after the meeting that Ahmad would also be stripped of all party posts. He also said that the Cabinet at its meeting Wednesday also discussed racial relations in the country.

“The Cabinet feels that racial tension may arise if sensitive issues are raised. The Cabinet has ordered ministries with laws pertaining to this to enforce them.

“If it is necessary, the ISA may be used on those who stoke racial tension,” he added.

Abdullah also told Barisan Nasional component parties to be firm and take disciplinary action on their members, who also made statements that stoked racial sentiments.

Ahmad stirred a hornet’s nest recently when he said in a speech while campaigning for the Permatang Pauh by-election that the Chinese were immigrants in the country and did not deserve equal treatment. Despite criticisms from various community leaders, he refused to apologize.