Group of former PKR MPs using Bersatu designation in Parliament, but aren't actually Bersatu members

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The group of 10 former PKR MPs who left Pakatan Harapan last February are not official members of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) despite stating so in their Parliamentary designations.

According to Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic), the reason for the 10 former PKR MPs were labelled as Bersatu members was due to “strategic reasons”.

She also said it is not feasible to form a new political party, as GE15 is due in less than three years.

“For strategic reasons in the Dewan Rakyat, we are labelled as Bersatu. However, technically, we have not moved into Bersatu, ” she told reporters during a press conference at Parliament on Tuesday (July 14).

Zuraida said the group of former PKR MPs are still studying methods on how they should be absorbed inside Bersatu.

“We are also waiting for Bersatu to finish their party election and then we will move to Bersatu because we are expecting some amendment to the Constitution.”

Zuraida also said the former PKR MPs agreed to use the Bersatu platform in Parliament.

“God-willing, we will be together with Bersatu. We are still detailing the methods of how we shall enter, ” she added.

Last February, 11 PKR MPs, including Zuraida, who are aligned to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, left the Pakatan coalition, triggering the collapse of the government.

They are now part of the present Perikatan Nasional government, which consist of Barisan Nasional, Gabungan Parti Sarawak, Bersatu and PAS.

In recent weeks, a new party called Parti Keadilan Negara, was speculated to be formed by Azmin.

However, last Sunday (July 12), the Registrar of Societies (RoS) said there were no applications by Azmin to form a new party at present.

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