KUALA LUMPUR – November 15, 2017: Datuk Hamidah Osman, the former Pribumi Bersatu vice-president who was instrumental in setting up the party’s machinery in Perak, has spoken of her sadness over its ongoing crisis.
The former Umno politician who left Pribumi Bersatu in September, was referring to yesterday’s resignation of about 1,000 members which led to the Batu Gajah division being disbanded.
The division’s pro-tem chief Mohd. Shirin Adenan said they decided to quit as they were disappointed over several issues, namely the poor leadership of its chief Ahmad Faizal Azumu and the party’s youth wing, Armada, not being officially registered with the Registrar of Societies.
“I’m sad but I’m not surprised as I had seen this coming. I tried to raise the issues but they (Pribumi Bersatu leadership) accused me of having an ulterior motive,” Hamidah told The Mole.
“Faizal is not worthy to be the party chief for Perak and this can be seen with the dissatisfaction of many within the party. If the higher ups decide to stick with Faizal as the state chairman, the future of Pribumi Bersatu will be at stake,” she claimed.
Yesterday’s mass resignation was not the first on record and the party has seen seemingly never-ending infighting in the state since last May.
About 1,000 members quit the party in August due to a leadership tangle between Hamidah and Faizal. This was followed by the disbanding of the Gopeng, Parit and Kuala Kangsar divisions.
Attempts to get comments from Armada chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman over the registration issue were unsuccessful.