Dr Mahathir Mohamad whose membership and position in PPBM was recently said to be ‘nullified automatically’ said he is now including the other six leaders along with the party president Muhyiddin Yassin as his target.
In a joint statement with other leaders who were also ‘terminated’, they said Muhyiddin and six other MPs had violated the party’s ethics and needed to be taken into action.
“The actions of Muhyiddin and six other MPs who called for the departure from the Pakatan Harapan coalition clearly violated the party’s constitution as there was no decision by the Supreme Council to withdraw from Pakatan Harapan.
“Therefore, Muhyiddin and six other MPs have violated the party’s ethics and should be brought to the disciplinary board,” they said.
The joint statement was signed by Mahathir (Langkawi), Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muar), Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu) and Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam).
PPBM which is now controlled by Muhyiddin’s camp, on May 28 issued a letter announcing that the memberships of these five leaders were “immediately suspended” for sitting across the benches in Dewan Rakyat assembly on May 18.
However, they did not name the six MPs. They also again reiterated that the termination of their memberships was not valid.
They were terminated under Clause 10.2.2 and Clause 10.2.3 of the PPBM Constitution stating that a member’s membership is void if they declare their departure from the party or should they join another party.
Mahathir said the refusal to support Muhyiddin’s government did not mean that they were leaving the party.
“We have never declared ourselves, leaving the party nor joined or any other political party in the country. Our choice not to support the Muhyiddin’s government or the Perikatan Nasional government does not mean leaving the party.
“The letter of a declaration by Suhaimi Yahya or any statement by another person, even if it comes from a prime minister, cannot alter the fact that our membership disqualification is unlawful in the party’s constitution and law, and malice.”
They said Clause 6 of the PPBM Constitution, which refers to the party’s aims and objectives, is to strengthen the agenda of combating corruption and abuse of power and to establish good governance practices.
“There is no charge against us doing anything contrary to the party’s agenda,” they said.
They urged PPBM members to stick to the party’s slogan which is “Unity, Trust and Dignity”.
“The current government is not the people’s choice. The legitimate and rightful government is Pakatan Harapan. Do not knee for own’s interest as shown (influenced) by Muhyiddin,” they added.
Muhyiddin was sworn in as prime minister on March 1, after Mahathir refused to lead a new coalition which includes parties from PPBM, Barisan Nasional, PAS, GPS, PBS and Star.
Not long ago, Muhyiddin announced PPBM’s departure out of the Pakatan Harapan coalition which saw the downfall of the previous Pakatan Harapan government after ruling the country since its victory in the last 14th general election, on May 2018.
Mahathir had expressed his intention to bring PPBM back to Pakatan Harapan but at the moment Muhyiddin is seen as having the advantage in the party.
3rd June 2020 12:45
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