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Varied reasons for removal of Pribumi Bersatu Wanita head

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – December 27, 2016: Initially a sex scandal was said to be the reason for the dismissal of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia women’s wing head Anina Saadudin but now The Mole has been told that her attitude could have played a part too.

According to a member of the wing, the scandal was probably just the tip of the iceberg behind Anina’s dismissal last week.

“Do you honestly think she was removed just because of her so-called sex scandal? I don’t think so,” said the Pribumi Bersatu Srikandi member who wanted to remain anonymous.

She claimed that Anina’s dismissal was really due to her pompousness in wanting to decide the line-up of the Pribumi Bersatu leadership in her birthplace of Langkawi.

“She told us that Langkawi was off-limits to others. Not even Mukhriz (Pribumi Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir) was allowed to sentuh (touch) it.

“Then again, it (Langkawi) is her hometown, who knows maybe she really does have such strong support over there,” she said.

That may be so but those who know the political vibes in Langkawi say Anina’s name was almost unheard of there until an incident when she emotionally criticised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the RM2.6 billion political donation controversy last year.

“She is of no threat to Langkawi Umno,” said a senior Kuah Umno member Siti Maryam Darus.

“If my memory serves me right, she only had 58 votes when she contested the Langkawi Wanita chief post in 2013.”

Anina was defeated by Hisham Suhaily Othman who won 193 votes.

“Langkawi is a small, close-knit island town. Most of its voters are the elderly who will vote for those whose faces they are familiar with. Unfortunately Anina isn’t one of those faces,” observed the 65-year-old Siti Maryam.

Another senior Langkawi Umno member, Rosli Che Mat, pointed out that Anina only became the talk of town when she allied herself with former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

But the retired fisherman insists that it will take a lot more than Mahathir’s influence to convince those in Langkawi to vote for her, given that Anina has spent most of her adult life in Kuala Lumpur.

“She (Anina) thinks she’s popular here and she may be so among the younger ones. But to tell you the truth, she’s no Bakar Taib (former Langkawi Member of Parliament from 1995 to 2008, Datuk Paduka Abu Bakar Taib).

“And she will neither be as popular nor well-liked as him as long as she continues to live outside the island. Just because she was born here it doesn’t mean we’ll blindly vote for her,” Rosli said.

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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.