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Pribumi Bersatu Youth chief upset over divisive ambush

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – May 23, 2017: Pribumi Bersatu Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has lashed out at the way his party leaders were treated at the PKR national congress on Sunday.

He described the PKR decision to ask Pakatan Harapan leaders, including Pribumi Bersatu chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to hold the “Anwar as the 7th PM” placards as a divisive ambush.

Mahathir and Muhyiddin however did not do so.

Syed Saddiq, in an open letter which went viral from last night, argued that forcing Pakatan leaders to do this showed the disunity within the opposition coalition.

He also criticised DAP parliamentarian Charles Santiago for wanting Mahathir and Muhyiddin to endorse Anwar because Pribumi Bersatu is the new kid on the block.

“What was the motive of pulling that stunt? Is it so fulfilling to be able to humiliate Tun (Dr Mahathir), Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Pribumi Bersatu?

“Do they (Pakatan leaders) think they will win more Malay support by doing that? How sincere are they in accepting Pribumi Bersatu as one of the component parties in PH?

“It was disappointing to see that the PKR congress which was supposed to be a platform to foster unity among members of PH became an outlet for some to vent out past frustrations against certain quarters,” he wrote.

Syed Saddiq also questioned Pakatan leaders if it was fair for them to keep on fanning the flames of hatred and resentment against some of their newer allies over their purported past mistakes.

“Do we want the people to continue to suffer just because of our own weaknesses? This weakness is no longer Umno’s fault. This is our own fault,” he wrote.

In order to solve the point of contention over the prime minister-designate, Syed Saddiq proposed that the coalition leaves the matter for the people to decide via an independent opinion poll. 

 

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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.