KUALA LUMPUR (June 5): Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has formalised the sacking of five party leaders, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as chairman, following the party's Supreme Council meeting last night.
In a statement today, Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said the Supreme Council has recognised Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as acting chairman in accordance with Clause 16.9 of the party constitution, following the resignation of Mahathir as chairman on Feb 24.
"The Supreme Council endorses and gives full mandate to the leadership of YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Bersatu president, as the eighth prime minister of Malaysia after being appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in accordance with the country's constitution," he said.
Meanwhile, Hamzah said the memberships of the five party leaders — Langkawi MP Mahathir, Jerlun MP Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Simpang Renggam MP Dr Maszlee Malik, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Kubang Pasu MP Datuk Wira Amiruddin Hamzah — were terminated immediately in accordance with the provisions of Clauses 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the Bersatu constitution.
Hence, the Supreme Council's interpretation of the termination of their memberships is final, he said.
"The Supreme Council would like to take this opportunity to express its sincere appreciation to former chairman YB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former deputy president YB Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, former Armada chief YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and all MPs who have left the party for all the contributions and sacrifices they have poured into the party," Hamzah said.
Besides that, the Supreme Council meeting also confirmed that Bersatu's decision to exit from Pakatan Harapan was finalised at a previous Supreme Council meeting dated Feb 23 and that the official announcement made by Muhyiddin as acting chairman on the following day was valid.
Further, the council affirmed that the decision for the party to join the new coalition which forms the current Perikatan Nasional government, led by Bersatu, was in line with the party's goals, objectives and policies.
The meeting also confirmed that the termination of senator Datuk Wira Marzuki Yahya as the party's secretary-general was valid according to its constitution.
Hamzah added that Captain (R) Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya's role as the party's organising secretary is valid and that any official letter signed by the organising secretary is formally applicable.
Last night, Muhyiddin chaired a Bersatu Supreme Council meeting at the clubhouse of Persatuan Alumni Universiti Malaya.
According to a Bersatu official, the meeting started around 8.30pm and ended at about 11.30pm.
However, at about 10.45pm, four Supreme Council members staged a walkout after insisting the attempt to dismiss Mahathir and four others from the party was unlawful.
The four — Abu Bakar Yahya, Akramsyah Muamar Ubaidah Sanusi, Ulya Aqamah Husamudin and Tariq Ismail — said that the reason given to annul the memberships of Mahathir and the others was invalid as the decision-making body never endorsed joining Perikatan Nasional.
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