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Pribumi Bersatu in crisis over Anina

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – December 23, 2016: All is not well among the female members of Pribumi Bersatu — and it’s down to a woman.

Many are said to be unhappy with gossip that the party leadership has quietly removed Anina Saadudin as its women’s chief.

The party has yet to deny or confirm the matter, but Anina’s latest Facebook post seems to indicate that her four-month leadership stint is indeed at an end.

“It does not matter if I am the leader of PPBM women’s chief or that I am simply Anina Saadudin,” she wrote on her Facebook wall yesterday.

“What matters the most is the struggle to fight against the corrupt regime of Najib Razak (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak). This struggle is not about me, it’s for the future of the entire 31 million Malaysians,” she added.

This however was not the only hint pointing to Anina’s possible untimely dismissal as the women’s chief.

Reactions from female members of Pribumi Bersatu were less than subtle.

“I pledge undivided loyalty to Anina Saadudin to continue as Pribumi Bersatu women’s chief. I implore on the party leadership to allow Anina to keep her post,” said member Siti Khadijah.

Some have even threatened to quit the party if it is true that Anina no longer leads the women’s wing.

“There are now two factions in Pribumi Bersatu — the freshies and the seasoned (former Umno members and leaders),” said by party member Roseniza Muamad.

“I want to remind those in the party that we the freshies, are unhappy with the political approach of the seasoned ones. If Anina is dismissed form her post, then my family and I will not hesitate to leave the party.”

“We (freshies) decided to join Pribumi Bersatu so that we can help Tun M (Pribumi Bersatu chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad) topple Najib,” she added.

The cause of Anina’s supposed dismissal was never mentioned but some members believed that it may be due to her alleged sex scandal.

Earlier this month, a series of titillating WhatsApp exchanges between two politicians went viral on Facebook.

Anina understandably denied her alleged sexual escapades while insisting that the exchanges were fabricated by Umno.

“Sex scandals implicating politicians are a norm in Malaysia. My family members and close friends know what kind of person I am,” said Anina to a local daily last week.

The Mole‘s attempt to get a clarification from Pribumi Bersatu officials was unsuccessful.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.