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Pribumi Bersatu council endorses termination of Mahathir’s membership

Pribumi Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 5, 2020: The supreme council of Pribumi Bersatu last night agreed to the automatic membership termination of its founding chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and four others, as provided for by Clauses 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the party constitution.

Mahathir, his son and deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz, Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and supreme council members Dr. Maszlee Malik and Amiruddin Hamzah were booted out on May 28 for sitting on the side of the opposition at the May 18 parliamentary session.

A statement by party secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin today expressed deepest gratitude to the group for their hard work, contributions and sacrifices.

“With this clarification and confirmation, I call for party leaders and members to stand united with the party and its mission,” said the statement.

Mahathir and the others have since last week objected to the decision, claiming that it was unlawful and arguing that the party’s constitution is silent on where one should sit in parliament.

Hamzah also mentioned that the council had sanctioned other decisions, including the party’s exit from the Pakatan Harapan coalition on February 24, the appointment of president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as acting chairman, the sacking of former secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya on March 18 and the validity of Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya’s appointment to succeed him.

At last night’s meeting, four council members aligned with Mahathir left early after airing their views. They were Akhramsyah Muamar Ubaidah Sanusi, Tareq Ismail, Abu Bakar Yahya and Ulya Husamuddin.

Those with Mahathir had previously said they planned to seek legal recourse over the revocation of their membership but Clause 23.6 of the Pribumi Bersatu constitution says disciplinary decisions cannot be taken to court.

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