PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman has been rejected by the party’s supreme council.
Bersatu supreme council member Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen, who was met by reporters at Bersatu’s headquarters, said this after attending a special party meeting on Monday (Feb 24) night.
“Our supreme council has rejected Dr Mahathir’s resignation as Bersatu chairman.
“We want Dr Mahathir to continue leading Bersatu and our country to greater heights.”
At the same time, Mohd Rafiq also called for unwavering support for Dr Mahathir to continue serving as prime minister.
Meanwhile, Mohd Rafiq also said that that a group of Bersatu supreme council members is set to meet Dr Mahathir at his residence in Seri Kembangan on Tuesday (Feb 25) morning.
“There will be a personal meeting between the supreme council leaders and Dr Mahathir at his house at The Mines,” he said.
Asked if the meeting was agreed by Dr Mahathir, he merely said “we will try to arrange”.
Mohd Rafiq also said he could not disclose the exact time when they will be meeting Dr Mahathir.
Asked if there was a reason behind Dr Mahathir’s resignation, Mohd Rafiq merely said: “That is very personal, we cannot disclose.”
Top leaders from Bersatu such as Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusoff, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Dr Maszlee Malik, Datuk Seri Rina Harun are among those who gathered at the party headquarters at Yayasan Selangor building for the meeting.
However, Dr Mahathir, who resigned earlier Monday from premiership as well as Bersatu chairman, was nowhere to be seen at the party’s headquarters.
Although the agenda of the meeting was not known, but speculation is rife that an exodus of MPs from Bersatu would take place.
It was also speculated that Dr Mahathir would resign as a Bersatu member.
Earlier, sources told The Star that there were mixed reactions by Bersatu leaders over Muhyiddin’s announcement that the party would quit Pakatan.
It is believed that Dr Mahathir’s resignation as prime minister and Bersatu chairman was due to his objection towards cooperating with Umno.