KLANG: The letters issued to five Bersatu leaders informing them that they were no longer party members should be rescinded immediately, says a Selangor Bersatu division head.
Bersatu Kuala Selangor division chief Mohd Shaid Rosli said the letters were invalid as the reason stated did not fall within the ambit of the two clauses that were cited.
“The letter says they have lost their memberships, under Clause 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the party constitution, for sitting with the Opposition block in Parliament.
“Clause 10.2.2 says a person loses membership if he declares himself as having quit the party and Clause 10.2.3 says he is no longer a member if he joins another political party.“None of the five had ever declared they have left Bersatu or joined another political party,” said Mohd Shaid, who is also the Jeram assemblyman.
Given this, he said, the letters were invalid.
The five are party chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman as well as supreme council members Dr Maszlee Malik and Amiruddin Hamzah.
Mohd Shaid also said letters such as these must only be signed by the party president or secretary-general.“But it was the organising secretary who signed them and he does not have the authority to do so,” added Mohd Shaid.
He said Dr Mahathir had many supporters in Selangor and there was a frenzy of meetings among Bersatu members currently.
“We are going to demand for Tun (Dr Mahathir) to be back in the party. We stand with Tun and if he is out, we will follow him,” said Mohd Shaid.Meanwhile, when contacted, Selangor Bersatu chief and party vice-president Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari said those refuting the ouster of the five, did not or refused to, understand the party constitution.
“If they go through the Bersatu constitution thoroughly, they will see that Clause 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 are applicable in this case.
“Their memberships have been dropped because of their own conduct,’’ said Abdul Rashid.
When asked if it was true that a majority of the division leaders in Selangor were against the issuance of the letters, Abdul Rashid said most understood the issue and stood firmly behind party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Three days before Hari Raya, I had called a meeting with all the division heads in Selangor and explained to them in detail about the clauses and how, based on them, party memberships could become void,’’ said Abdul Rashid.
He added that those who refuted the issue could pursue the matter in court.