KUALA LUMPUR — June 9, 2020: Former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and five other politicians have filed a suit to challenged the termination of their membership in Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
They named party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, executive secretary Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya and Registrar of Societies director-general Masyati Abang Ibrahim as defendants.
Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdullah filed the writ this afternoon on behalf of Mahathir, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Dr. Maszlee Malik, Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah and Datuk Marzuki Yahya.
They are seeking legal recourse to challenge the termination letter endorsed by Suhaimi, contending that his post is not recognised by the party’s constitution.
The letter from Suhaimi stated that the six had ceased to be members after they sat on the opposition’s side during the Parliamentary session on May 18.
On the other hand, the plaintiffs want to nullify the membership of Muhyiddin, Hamzah and Suhaimi for joining the Perikatan Nasional alliance now in power at the federal level.
They further argue that the decision to invoke Clauses 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the party constitution was flawed because they neither joined another party nor had made any announcement on quitting.
Another argument is that Muhyiddin had misused his position to assume the post of acting chairman on February 28 and that his claim on a decision by the party’s supreme council on Feb. 24 to exit the Pakatan Harapan coalition was incorrect.
Instead, they said the council had decided on Feb. 25 for Mahathir to remain as party chairman.