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Pribumi Bersatu MPs on Mahathir’s side may have voided their membership

Pribumi Bersatu supreme council member Wan Saiful Wan Jan (pic).

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – May 21, 2020: A supreme council member of Pribumi Bersatu has questioned the membership status of the party’s five parliamentarians who sat in the opposition bloc during the one-day Dewan Rakyat sitting on Monday.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan argued that by doing so, the five had inadvertently voided their membership as this contravened the party’s constitution.

“Bersatu needs to check their membership status in accordance with the rule of law and without fear or favour. We must not allow the existence of a kasta dewa (godly caste) that can openly defy the party as it can fester and destroy Bersatu.

“They do not have to be so arrogant to the point of refusing to sit with the rest [of Bersatu MPs – who were with the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition. The party will be damaged if its leaders are selfish and act without thinking about the repercussions,” said Wan Saiful.

Apart from former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (Langkawi), the others in the group were Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu), Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muar) and Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam).

Pribumi Bersatu became divided after the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government in late February.

The party left the coalition and formed the Perikatan coalition with Umno, PAS and their allies, with its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister.

Mahathir, who was then the party chairman, has heavily criticised Muhyiddin and attempted to topple the government by filing a yet to be tabled no-confidence motion in the Dewan Rakyat.

The former prime minister, whose resignation in February had triggered the collapse of the Pakatan government, yesterday vowed that he will continue to try to oust Muhyiddin at every turn.

Apart from himself, Muhyiddin currently has the support of at least 112 of 222 MPs.

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