Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman claimed that the political appointment among Umno members was used as a tactic to expand and lure them to join PPBM.
He was it was revealed by the leadership in his party, as they tried to convince the others than PPBM won’t be left behind in the Perikatan Nasional coalition.
This is due to PPBM’s plan to be a dominant party.
He said they were planning to escort those (Umno people) who might seem to be easy and attracted to join PPBM through political appointments.
According to him, that is how PPBM planned to expand by recruiting more leaders from Umno.
“That is why most of the position in the government-linked companies were given to several political figures from Umno.
“Those ministers who were elected may be close to the PPBM leadership as well. But however, it does not happen until today,” he was quoted as saying in a talk session on his Facebook account yesterday.
He said PPBM leaders have to explain to the people so they could observe and make their own judgment, as to why many Umno leaders were appointed with positions in GLC.
Syed Saddiq also has questioned the existence of an agreement between parties under the Perikatan Nasional, to avoid overlap in the next general election.
He said PPBM leadership has given an assurance that Umno and PAS would not contest at the same parliamentary seats or state seats owned by the party. However, Syed Saddiq said he was told that it was impossible.
“When I met some of my friends in Umno and their leadership, they said it is impossible for them to let go of Hamzah Zainuddin’s seat which was already belonged to Umno previously.
“There are about 13 Umno MPs who joined PPBM.”
“They will not let go of the Gombak seat under Azmin Ali, the Ampang seat under Zuraida (Kamaruddin), and others.
“Not only that, Muar seat, Simpang Renggam, but these are also all Umno-BN strategic seats.”
He said also reminded the party to return back to the reason why PPBM was formed at first; its philosophy. He said the members should remember the spirit of the party, at first when they started without money and position in hand.
Meanwhile, commenting on the recently leaked audio recording, Syed Saddiq said that the audio clip was a “blatant lie”.
He said he attended and was in the meeting as well, adding that Mahathir had appealed that the United leaders should not force him to “violate the principle”.
“This is obviously a lie. I attended the meeting. Mahathir appealed (PPBM leaders) not to leave PH.
“The last time he pleaded, he kept saying ‘don’t force me to violate my principles’.
“I suggest the Supreme Council members (MPT) reveal a full audio recording which will prove how Mahathir appealed not to leave PH,” he said.
PPBM is split into two camps; pro-Mahathir and pro-Muhyiddin. Mahathir resigned as prime minister last February, followed by PPBM’s sudden departure from the group, led by Muhyiddin.
The Registrar of Societies has confirmed Mahathir’s resignation as PPBM chairman as valid and Muhyiddin’s post as the acting chairman.
Following this, eight out of the 15 PPBM division chiefs in Kedah have signed a joint statement and declared their supports to Mahathir with h statement in support of their party chairman, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in the hope of resolving the party crisis.
PPBM Deputy chief in Kedah, Anuar Abdul Hamid, said the division chiefs had also expressed their support for former chief minister Mukhriz Mahathir as PPBM chief for Kedah.
“The leadership of Mahathir and Mukhriz is legal at both state and federal levels under the party’s constitution, and they should not be disputed by the party.”
22nd May 2020 15:56
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