SERENDAH: Nominations for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia branch and division party polls were postponed as there is a dire need to cleanse its membership registry before polls are held, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic).
The Bersatu chairman said that the nominated candidates would also be checked before they are allowed to contest.
"The registration of members faced a lot of difficulties. We find members (who hail from) one place but their registration is in another place. We have to correct that," said Dr Mahathir.
He was speaking to the media after a visit to the new rail depot of Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd here on Monday (Jan 13).
Nomination for the Bersatu branches and divisions was postponed from Jan 13 to Jan 26.
He also said those standing as candidates would be vetted by the party to ensure that they are of a certain calibre.
"Bankrupts cannot be candidates.
"We want those who are standing for the party polls to be those really with the spirit (of the party) – not opportunists (who want) to be division heads so that they will be candidates (in general elections) in the future. We do not want these people.
"According to the rules, former Umno members (without a one year membership) cannot contest but we will give exception to those free of crimes ... there will be special cases which we will consider," said Dr Mahathir.
Earlier, The Star reported that the Bersatu Supreme Council issued a circular after deciding on Sunday that nomination day for branches and divisions party polls would be postponed from Jan 13 to Jan 26.
Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya, who signed the circular, said that Bersatu branches and divisions have now been directed to hold their annual general meetings between Feb 15 and April 18.
However, there will be no change in the Bersatu annual general meeting, which is scheduled to be held from June 26 to June 28.