PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad requested specifically to sit with those not supporting Perikatan Nasional in Parliament, says Law Minister Datuk Takiyiddin Hassan.
He said that this request was made in an official letter from the former Prime Minister and Langkawi MP on May 15, prior to the one-day Dewan Rakyat sitting on May 18.
The letter was uploaded on Takyuddin's Twitter feed Friday (May 19).
"I inform that my seating in Parliament is with the bloc which does not support Perikatan Nasional," wrote Dr Mahathir in the letter to Takiyuddin.
The law minister said that MPs are placed in the bloc they ask for, be they government MPs or otherwise.
"Party matters are an internal affair with its members," tweeted Takiyuddin, who is also in charge of parliamentary affairs.
On Thursday (May 28), Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) had issued termination letters to Dr Mahathir and four other former Bersatu MPs for having gone rogue by sitting with the Opposition in Parliament.
The letters stated that former Bersatu chairman Dr Mahathir and the four had terminated their memberships automatically by flouting the party constitution which stated that all of its MPs must adhere to party orders.
“You have informed that your seating in Parliament would be with the bloc that does not support Perikatan, which is led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also the Bersatu chairman.
“In the Parliament sitting on May 18, you joined and sat with the Opposition. It is therefore in accordance with Sections 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the party constitution, your membership in Bersatu is terminated automatically,” the letters stated.
The other four were Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Dr Maszlee Malik and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.
MP akan ditempatkan di blok yang dipintanya, Kerajaan atau sebaliknya. Hal dengan parti adalah urusan dalaman parti dengan ahlinya.. pic.twitter.com/n724hg3aAo— Takiyuddin Haji Hassan (@takiyuddin61) May 29, 2020
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