Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal said PPBM Youth wing (Armada) will still be able to grow further even without its founder Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
However, he said Syed Saddiq’s contribution during his time serving the party was undeniable but he stressed that the party’s struggle was something that must be prioritised more.
Wan Ahmad Fayhsal is among those who will be contesting for PPBM Youth chief in the next party election.
He said Syed Saddiq and the other four leaders’ (Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Mukhriz Mahathir, Maszlee Malik, Amir Hamzah) were not being sacked, instead, their memberships were not being nullified automatically for breaching the clause 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 in the party constitution.
According to Clause 10.2.2, as stated in the party constitution, a membership can be removed when an individual declares himself to leave the party or joining any other political parties.
He said, among the actions that were seen as breaching the party constitution was sitting across the benches in Dewan Rakyat sitting recently.
However, five of the leaders have questioned the decision made by the party’s leadership, saying that it was against the party constitution.
Mahathir said that any MPs were not subjected to sit at a specific seat.
Another similar incidents previous included the refusal to support the vision and direction as instructed by the Supreme Council to be with the Perikatan Nasional (PN) as the legitimate government today.
“So no matter how (respectable) huge is the figure and their contribution to the party, the policy and philosophy of the struggle is greater, and it is a benchmark for the party’s future,” he was quoted as saying.
He expressed his regrets that his former leader Syed Saddiq’s choice not to share the party’s direction and considered it a major loss because of the young leader’s talent.
Meanwhile, he also said that the Perikatan Nasional government is now can be accepted by majority of Malaysians.
He was reported as saying, “If we look at the rating, especially Muhyiddin’s, majority of Malaysians among the Malays and Bumiputera are starting to open up to today’s leadership.”
PPBM is now split into two camps – supporters of Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir.
This was after Muhyiddin announced the departure of PPBM from the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in February to form a new coalition, namely Perikatan Nasional with Umno, Barisan Nasional and PAS.
The move also led to political unrest for about a week-long after Dr Mahathir rejected the proposal.
The crisis ended after Muhyiddin was sworn in as prime minister of the PN government.
PPBM Supreme Council member Rais Hussin Mohamed Arif said it would be hard to describe and picture the existence of the youth wing without Syed Saddiq.
“It is hard to imagine Armada without Syed Saddiq. I was there since early establishment. This is totally not right,” he was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Muar PPBM Treasurer Afiqah Zulkifli said that PPBM in her division expressed their full support for Syed Saddiq to remain as a party member.
“The Muar division unanimously endorsed Syed Saddiq as a PPBM Member.
“Yesterday, Srikandi and Armada for Muar division voiced their support for the leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir as PPBM chairman and YB Saddiq as Muar division chief,” he said.
2nd June 2020 15:44
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