KUALA LUMPUR — May 28, 2020: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and four of his followers who were sacked by the party have rejected this decision, maintaining that it was unlawful.
In a joint statement Mahathir, his son and deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz, Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Rahman and supreme council members Dr. Maszlee Malik and Amiruddin Hamzah argued that it is unreasonable to say they had left the party, as stated in the dismissal letters, when they had only complied with what was allowed under the law and their rights under the federal Constitution as members of Parliament.
The five were removed for sitting in the opposition bench during the May 18 parliamentary session.
“We absolutely disagree with the termination of our membership with immediate effect in which it is against the law, and it also has denied us the right to defend ourselves, which is a right guaranteed under the law,” they said.
The group made clear they did not accept the termination because it was against the law and that they reserved the right to take legal action.
Another point of contention is their stand that party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has acted unilaterally to remove them without reason.
Further to this, the five pointed out that the dismissal letters were signed by executive secretary Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya, who does not have that authority under the party’s constitution.