Sacked Bersatu six file legal challenge over nullified memberships

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 09 Jun 2020

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) and five others have filed a suit challenging the decision to nullify their Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia memberships.

They named Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, working secretary Kapt (R) Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya and Registrar of Societies (RoS) director-general Masyati Abang Ibrahim as defendants.

Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdullah had on Tuesday (June 9) afternoon filed a writ against Muhyiddin and the three other defendants on behalf of the six plaintiffs.

The other plaintiffs are Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Dr Maszlee Malik, Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah and Datuk Marzuki Yahya.

They are seeking legal recourse to challenge the termination letter endorsed by Suhaimi, arguing that the position he holds is not recognised under the party's constitution.

Suhaimi had recently sent letters to the six leaders claiming that they ceased to be members because they chose to be with the Opposition bloc during the one-day Parliament sitting on May 18.

The plaintiffs argued that the decision to invoke Clause 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the Bersatu constitution was flawed because they neither joined another party nor made any announcement that they were quitting.

It is stated in the party constitution that their membership will be ceased automatically if they join another political party or quit the party.

The plaintiffs also challenged Muhyiddin for assuming the post of acting chairman on Feb 28, claiming he had misused his position.

They also denied Muhyiddin's claim that the Bersatu supreme council had made a decision on Feb 24 to pull out of Pakatan Harapan.

They said the supreme council had made a decision on Feb 25 for Dr Mahathir to remain as the party chairman, but Muhyiddin contravened the supreme council decision by declaring himself as the acting chairman on Feb 28.

They also challenged Muhyiddin's decision to drop or sideline a few supreme council members.

The plaintiffs are also seeking to nullify the memberships of Muhyiddin, Hamzah, and Suhaimi for joining the Perikatan Nasional coalition.

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