PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s status as the legitimate acting chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has been affirmed in the party’s supreme council meeting, says Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
The Bersatu secretary-general said the party’s supreme council meeting on Thursday night at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association was chaired by Muhyiddin.
“The supreme council recognised the responsibilities held by Muhyiddin as the legitimate acting chairman, in line with Clause 16.9 of the Bersatu constitution, after the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the Bersatu chairman on Feb 24.
“The supreme council supports and gives its full mandate to Muhyiddin, who is Bersatu president and the eighth Malaysian Prime Minister after being appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, based on the country’s constitution, ” Hamzah said yesterday.
He said the supreme council meeting also affirmed that Bersatu had left the Pakatan Harapan coalition, as decided by the council on Feb 23.
“The supreme council also confirmed that the membership of Dr Mahathir, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah and Dr Maszlee Malik has been terminated according to Clauses 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the party constitution, and the council’s decision that the termination of their membership is final.
“The supreme council conveys its appreciation to former Bersatu chairman Dr Mahathir, former deputy president Mukhriz, former Youth chief Syed Saddiq and all the other supreme council members who have left the party – for their contribution to the party.
“The supreme council affirms that its final decision for Bersatu to join the new political alliance which forms the Perikatan Nasional government led by Bersatu, is in keeping with the aim, objective and plans of the party, ” he said.
Hamzah also said Datuk Marzuki Yahya’s appointment as the secretary-general had ended through a letter dated March 18, and that his (Hamzah’s) appointment as the new secretary-general of the party on March 26 was legitimate.
The supreme council also affirmed that any letter issued by Kapt (R) Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya in his capacity as Bersatu executive secretary was official and legitimate, he added.
Muhyiddin and former prime minister Dr Mahathir are currently locked in a political tussle, with those in Dr Mahathir’s faction also attending the supreme council meeting on Thursday night to make their views heard.
The supreme council meeting initially scheduled for May 11 was postponed after Dr Mahathir had protested that the meeting was illegal then.
Late last month, the party issued letters to Dr Mahathir and the other four senior party leaders stating that they had ceased to be members after they sat with the Opposition during the Parliament meeting on May 18.