PETALING JAYA (April 25): Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim, who was sacked from Umno for contesting as an independent candidate in Kuala Kangsar, has apologised to those "offended" by her actions.
"I also forgive those who have hurt my feelings," the former Deputy Wanita Umno chief said today in a video which ran a little over five minutes.
The video was uploaded on her Facebook page.
Kamilia opted to stand as an independent in the parliamentary constituency last Saturday, after she was left out of the Barisan Nasional 13th General Election candidates' list.
She subsequently resigned from all posts in the party and as a member, which she has been for the past 30 years.
Kamilia was among the 61 Umno members who have been booted out for their actions, which had been deemed "treacherous" by the party.
The 61-year-old mother of 12 also explained that she decided to stand as an independent as she did not receive an appointment letter from the party.
"Our democratic system allows us to become candidates as long as we are eligible," the former Kuala Kangsar division Wanita Umno chief said.
Kamilia also denied allegations made by some quarters that she had never gone down to the ground, clarifying that she had done so in the past six to eight years, meeting people to gain an understanding of their problems.
"I hope this will help me with the election," she said, adding that she will champion two causes, namely women's rights and strengthening Islam.
Kamilia said as a member of parliament she would be able to ensure that their causes will be heard and hopefully lead to the formation of a policy in line with her vision.
Kamilia has come under severe criticism from Wanita Umno, with its chief Datuk Seri Sharizat Abd Jalil claiming everyone in the wing was disappointed with her, and that she would face stern action.
Former Kuala Kangsar MP Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz also had harsh words for Kamilia, saying that voters there will reject her, and that Wanita Umno will make sure that Kamalia "loses her deposit".
Kamilia is contesting against BN's Datuk Wan Mohamad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad and PAS candidate Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah.
Kuala Kangsar has 33,607 voters, comprising 68% Malays, 24% Chinese and 7% Indians.