PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) is expected to announce he is forming a new political party this evening (Aug 7), sources have said.
The new party will be registered as Parti Bersatu Rakyat Malaysia, a strikingly similar name to his former party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, which expelled him earlier this year.
According to sources, a press conference by the former Bersatu chairman and MPs who were former party members will be held at a hotel in Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur to announce details.
Aides to Dr Mahathir, however, were tight-lipped when contacted and said that any press conference on the matter has yet to be confirmed.
Checks at the said hotel, however, showed that preparations were being made for Dr Mahathir to hold a press conference later in the day.
The sources also said that the announcement was entirely due to the decision by the High Court earlier Friday (Aug 7) on the application by Prime Minister and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and three others to strike out a suit by Dr Mahathir and four other people.
The High Court this morning had accepted Muhyiddin’s application to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Dr Mahathir and four others over the revocation of their party membership.
Judge Rohani Ismail concluded that Dr Mahathir and the other plaintiffs have no legal standing to sue over what they claimed were the unlawful termination of their Bersatu membership.
On July 23, Dr Mahathir had said that if the court decision was not in his favour, he would form a new party.
Muhyiddin and the three are seeking to strike out the legal challenge against the removal of Dr Mahathir and the other four members from Bersatu.
Langkawi MP Dr Mahathir and four other MPs, including Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muar), Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu), Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh (Sri Gading) and Dr Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam) had filed a legal challenge after being automatically relieved of their Bersatu membership for sitting in the Opposition bench during the May 18 parliamentary meeting.
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