PETALING JAYA — May 29, 2020: Despite having his membership revoked effective yesterday, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today insists that he remains the chairman of Pribumi Bersatu, the party that appears to be in a leadership disarray right now.
“I am still the chairman, please remember that. Because when they tried to remove me also, it was not valid,” the twice former prime minister declared at a press conference at the party headquarters.
Pribumi Bersatu was part of Pakatan Harapan, the then ruling federal government coalition which collapsed on February 24 after Mahathir resigned as prime minister.
Due to a crisis at that time, Pribumi Bersatu quit the coalition and formed an alliance known as Perikatan Nasional with Barisan Nasional, PAS and a few other smaller parties to become the current federal administration.
Today Mahathir went on to say that he had come to the office because it was his and that he had not been there in a while because of Covid-19 restrictions.
“I have only been going to my office from last week. So now I thought I would come here because I have work to do and I thought I might meet some of the staff who have run away, ” he said to laughter.
The Registrar of Societies (ROS) had in a letter dated May 5 ruled that Mahathir was no longer the chairman of Pribumi Bersatu, with the position subsequently held by party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin until party elections.
Not surprisingly Mahathir disputed the ROS decision.