PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is no longer the chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, according to a letter said to be from the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
The letter, which was dated May 5, stated that Dr Mahathir's resignation as Bersatu chairman comes into effect immediately and the position would be held by party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin until the next Bersatu election.
According to the letter, Muhyiddin assuming the role of Bersatu acting chairman was in line with Clause 16.9 of the party's constitution.
"If a chairman resigns or was terminated, then the president has to hold the position until the next party polls to choose a new chairman according to Clause 13.3 and it has powers according to Clause 16.2.
"Therefore, based on documents submitted which is the resignation of chairman, the ROS verifies that the resignation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad as chairman is legitimate and Muhyiddin is also the legitimate acting chairman, which takes effect immediately in line with Bersatu's constitution," the letter read.
News portal Free Malaysia Today reported that they had verified the authenticity of the letter with the ROS' corporate communications unit.
On Feb 24, Dr Mahathir had resigned as party chairman and prime minister.
However, the then-Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya said Dr Mahathir's resignation was rejected by the party's supreme council.
Previously, Bersatu information chief Dr Radzi Jidin had said Dr Mahathir was no longer the party chairman when he resigned on Feb 24 as there are no provisions within the party's constitution to allow the party supreme council to return the chairman position to an incumbent who had resigned.
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