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I quit as Bersatu chairman in February because the party rejected me, says Dr M

PETALING JAYA (May 11): Former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pictured) stated today that he resigned as chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) on Feb 24 as it rejected him and went against his advice, The Star reported.

Dr Mahathir also explained in a video message posted on his social media pages that he was not happy about Bersatu’s plan to leave the then ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition “as it was baseless to do so since he had the support of the coalition that won the 14th general election in May 2018”.

“This meant that the party had lost faith in me, and in that situation, I could not remain as the chairman of Bersatu. This was because of the actions of my party,” Dr Mahathir said in the video message.

He also reiterated that the Pakatan Harapan meeting on Feb 21 “had given him full discretion when to step down as prime minister”.

“I told [Tan Sri] Muhyiddin [Yassin] that there is no reason to leave Pakatan Harapan, as I have their full support.

“We should wait and see if there are any reasons to leave, but he was of the opinion that we had to leave Pakatan on that day because the Malays would be destroyed by DAP.

“I didn’t think DAP could easily destroy the Malays. That is why I told him to wait, to give it a bit of time,” he said in his message, reported the daily.

Dr Mahathir also revealed in his message that he told Muhyiddin to “think properly” about leaving Pakatan Harapan, “as it was with their support that they had won the election”.

“It wasn’t proper to leave them and to work with the parties that lost the election, parties that were involved in corruption and stealing money.

"We reject our own party and work with the party that lost. The party that was led by (Datuk Sri) Najib (Razak) would be the government,” he said.

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