Dr M, Mukhriz and three others’ Bersatu memberships ‘nullified’
Published 6:58 pm
Modified 10:50 pm
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his son Mukhriz and three others have been expelled from Bersatu for sitting on the opposition bench during the Dewan Rakyat sitting on May 18.
The decision was conveyed to them by organising secretary Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya via a letter dated today, sighted by Malaysiakini.
The others sacked were Bersatu Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman as well as Bersatu supreme council members Maszlee Malik and Amiruddin Hamzah.
Mahathir was the chairperson of Bersatu whereas Mukhriz was deputy president.
According to the letters, the decision to sack them was made based on Articles 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of Bersatu’s constitution which states that an individual’s status as a member would be terminated with immediate effect if the member is found to have declared their intention to leave the party or has formally joined another political party.
Responding to media queries, an aide to Mahathir said the former premier had left his office in Putrajaya and had yet to sight a physical copy of the letter.
In a statement, Bersatu supreme council member Wan Saiful Wan Jan insisted that the leaders were not “sacked” but rather their membership status was automatically nullified due to their own decision to join the opposition bloc in Parliament…
“I would like to stress that they were not sacked […] for comparison, when a person voluntarily walks out of their own house, they are not being removed from the house.
“It is their own action that caused them to be outside of the house. That is what happened in this case,” he said.
Wan Saiful further insisted that no party in the world would allow its lawmakers to switch sides in Parliament.
“There is no problem with having differing opinions but it must be done from within the same bloc, not outside,” he added.
Rafique Rashid Ali, who is legal advisor to several Bersatu leaders, responded saying that Wan Saiful does not understand the party constitution, nor the legal and constitutional rights of MPs.
“Since when are Bersatu and PN a coalition? Since when did the ‘Principled Five’ leave the party or join another party?” he asked.
2 PPBM leaders dispute removal of Dr M and others from party
FMT Reporters -May 28, 2020 10:46 PM
PETALING JAYA: A PPBM Supreme Council member has questioned the move to nullify the membership of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and four others while the party’s deputy youth leader insists Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is still the wing’s chief.
Tariq disputed the reasoning for the removal of the five MPS from the party while PPBM deputy youth chief Mohd Aizad Roslan said he had not been notified of any meeting where action was to be taken against Syed Saddiq.
Their statements add further to the state of confusion surrounding PPBM and demonstrate the heated leadership struggle within the party between two factions — one led by Mahathir and the other by party president Muhyiddin Yassin..
The letters sent to the five MPs had cited Clauses 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of PPBM’s constitution which state that members can be sacked immediately if they join another political party or declare that they are exiting PPBM.
Tariq said the party’s constitution only prohibited members from contesting under the logos of other parties.
Tariq said the seating arrangement in the Dewan Rakyat was not based on the party but on the individual MP’s support for the government of the day.
”Just because the support for a prime minister was considered en bloc according to the party for the past 62 years, it doesn’t mean this is how democracy should be practised.
“Just because previous prime ministers had the support of all party members, it doesn’t mean the constitution of the country and party prohibits differences in support for the nation’s leadership,” he said in a statement today.
He accused those in the party allied to Perikatan Nasional (PN) of misinterpreting the rules and PPBM’s constitution because they were “power-hungry”.
Meanwhile, Aizad said he was not notified of any meeting to discuss Syed Saddiq’s status in the party, adding that every decision about a member’s position in the party should go through the right procedures and according to the party’s constitution.
He also said Syed Saddiq had not received any letter or official information on his termination as a PPBM member.
“I fully support Syed Saddiq as PPBM Youth’s legitimate leader. according to PPBM’s party constitution,” he said.