Dr M makes his 'OccupyBersatu' move

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  • Friday, 29 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Ousted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has arrived at the party headquarters in Petaling Jaya ahead of a scheduled press conference by secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin at 4pm Friday (May 29).

In a Facebook post, Dr Mahathir said he was at the party headquarters, waiting in his office.

Dr Mahathir and four other Bersatu MPs lost their party memberships following their move to join the Opposition bench during the Dewan Rakyat meeting on May 18.

Bersatu executive secretary Kapt (R) Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya issued the letters to Dr Mahathir, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Dr Maszlee Malik and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah yesterday (May 28) stating that their memberships have been terminated with immediate effect for not being seated with Perikatan Nasional during one-day meeting.

Former Kedah mentri besar Mukhriz, who is Jerlun MP, held the deputy president post while former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq, who is Muar MP, was the youth wing chief.

Former education minister Maszlee (Simpang Renggam MP) and former deputy finance minister Amiruddin (Kubang Pasu MP) were Bersatu supreme council members.

Speculation on Dr Mahathir’s sacking has been rife in recent days as the first Bersatu party polls loom.

On May 18, Dr Mahathir had led the four MPs to sit with the Opposition bloc, as opposed to with Perikatan Nasional MPs, in protest of Bersatu having joined hands with former rival MPs to form the Perikatan government.

Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir had fallen out after the former succeeded him as the eighth Prime Minister when the latter resigned as the seventh prime minister.

The Pakatan Harapan government collapsed on Feb 24, leading to the formation of Perikatan when Bersatu joined hands with Barisan Nasional, PAS and former Barisan coalition partners.

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