KUALA LUMPUR – September 20, 2017: Former Pribumi Bersatu vice-president Datuk Hamidah Osman has broken her silence, saying that she left the party because she had grown weary of the worsening backbiting among its leaders.
She identified the inefficient handling of internal affairs, intolerance towards criticisms, prevalence of thuggish behaviour and favouritism as the causes of the problem.
“I can no longer voice out any dissenting views. Every time I did it, they would accuse me of having an ulterior motive and that I was power-hungry,” said Hamidah, who quit Pribumi Bersatu four days ago.
The last straw for her was when the leadership failed to reprimand Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman after he brazenly told her to berambus (get lost) in May.
Syed Saddiq had accused Hamidah of masterminding the en masse resignations of more than 1,000 Perak Pribumi Bersatu members.
He also described her as being jaded and frustrated after not being appointed as party head in Perak.
Hamidah, who was expelled from Umno for criticising the party’s leadership three years ago before joining Pribumi Bersatu, insisted that she harboured no intention of wanting that position.
“Back then, I was already the vice-president but I am disappointed with the way the party selected the candidate for that position,” she said in reference to the appointment of Faizal Azumu.
Hamidah, who spoke to The Mole in an interview here today, also denied a claim by some in Pribumi Bersatu that she was an Umno double agent.
“How can I be a double-agent when I was expelled from Umno? Back then those who rebelled against the leadership in Umno had never even dreamt of setting up Pribumi Bersatu.
“Talk to set up Pribumi Bersatu only began last year and I was personally invited by Tun Dr. Mahathir (Pribumi Bersatu chairman) to participate in the discussion,” said the former Gopeng Umno Wanita chief.
On if she will re-join Umno, Hamidah affirmed that she does not intend to.
“For now, I just want to take a nice long rest.”