KUALA LUMPUR – May 29, 2020: The upheaval in Pribumi Bersatu continues as Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who was sacked yesterday as chairman, went to the party headquarters today and declared that he was sacking the executive secretary who signed his dismissal letter.
Mahathir organised a press conference to announce the sacking of Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya, claiming that the latter had exceeded his powers by signing the letters sent to him and four other senior leaders.
“As such I am now sacking him. From now on Suhaimi is longer the executive secretary. I am appointing Shazmi Miah (from Kelantan) as the new executive secretary,” proclaimed Mahathir.
The other four who were axed were deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir; Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and supreme council members Dr. Maszlee Malik and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.
According to the letters, the membership of the five was revoked after they sat with the opposition at last week’s parliamentary sitting.
Mahathir argued that the party constitution is silent on where one sits in parliament, adding that he can sit wherever he wants in parliament.
He reiterated that Datuk Marzuki Yahya is still the secretary-general and that Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin’s appointment by party president Tan Sri Muyhiddin Yassin was thus unlawful.
“Muhyiddin was supposed to consult me over the appointment to such posts. But he did not. He only informed me about it after he had appointed Hamzah.
“We have made it clear that when it comes to defectors from Umno, all of them must be screened first. And they must not be given any posts in the party. They can only be ordinary members,” argued Mahathir.
Hamzah quit Umno to join Pribumi Bersatu some months after the general elections in May 2018.