Internal rift growing in Melaka Bersatu

MELAKA: After Johor, internal strife is getting serious in Melaka’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia over an alleged attempt to oust Ayer Limau state constituency coordinator Datuk Seri Ruslin Hasan.

In a joint statement Thursday (June 20), Bersatu Sri Kandi (women’s wing) chief Azalina Abdul Rahman and Armada (youth) chief Ramlan Meon claimed that state Bersatu chief Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof is no longer efficient in leading the state party and urged the party’s chairman to resolve the leadership crisis.  

The statement also claimed that Mohd Redzuan, who is also the Entrepreneur Development Minister, often makes unwise decisions that could derail the state party machinery in serving the rakyat.  

Both the state wing leaders also called on party chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad  to seriously consider replacing  Mohd Redzuan as the chief.  

The statement also claimed that Ruslin, a former Kuala Lumpur mayor who contested as Bersatu candidate in the Ayer Limau state assembly seat, had confirmed that he would be replaced as coordinator on July 1.  

Former candidate for Masjid Tanah parliamentary constituency Datuk Dr Sabirin Jaafar was tipped to replace Ruslin.  

The statement also said this was the second attempt by Mohd Redzuan to eject Ruslin although the latter is an experienced administrator who has been carrying out his duties diligently.  

Earlier, a group of Bersatu grassroots members as well as Melaka Pakatan Harapan leaders gathered at Masjid Tanah in Alor Gajah to protest attempts to remove Ruslin.  

Melaka Besatu is spilt into two camps since coming into power in May 2018 and is entangled in a leadership crisis.  

In July last year, Ruslin resigned as Melaka Development Corporation (PKNM) CEO.  

In his explanation letter to then Melaka state secretary Datuk Roslan Ibrahim, he said that he could no longer tolerate “being pushed around” and had decided to relinquish all his positions in the state government.  

He was offered the CEO post by Chief Minister Adly Zahari after he lost in GE14 as a candidate for the Ayer Limau state assembly seat.

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