KUALA LUMPUR – September 22, 2017: Former Pribumi Bersatu vice-president Datuk Hamidah Osman has cautioned the party leadership that it would be pointless for them to win the next general election if they lose their good Malay identity and values.
Hamidah was responding to Pribumi Bersatu youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who on Wednesday posted an apology to her on Facebook.
She had named Syed Saddiq as one of the main culprits causing her resignation from the party last week.
He had accused her of masterminding the en masse resignation of over 1,000 Perak Pribumi Bersatu members in May and using harsh words such as ‘berambus’ (get lost) to force her to quit the party.
“A leader must set good examples for others. Our religion (Islam) teaches us to respect our elders, and the same value is also emphasised in the Malay culture.
“There are other things that are more important than winning elections. One of them is to inculcate positive values to our future generations. I fear that such values no longer exist in Pribumi Bersatu,” read Hamidah’s statement.
Aside from Syed Saddiq’s “uncouthness”, Hamidah told The Mole in an interview on Wednesday that she decided to leave Pribumi Bersatu because 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.