Bersatu to do away with chairman post, says supreme council member


  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will do away with the chairman’s post, says supreme council member Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof.

“There cannot be two captains steering one ship and this was a problem that we faced.

“This is what we have to explain to the grassroots members and God willing, we will be amending the party constitution in the near future," he told a press conference on the sidelines of Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Aug 10).

He said the setting up of Bersatu was mooted by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad invited to join.

He said the former prime minister initially wanted to be merely an adviser, but the party constitution was drafted to specifically create the chairman’s post for him instead.

Bersatu was set up in 2016 with Muhyiddin as its president and acting chairman.

There has been a fallout between Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin after the former resigned as party chairman in February and was later sacked from Bersatu with four others in May.

Meanwhile, Redzuan said the recent resignation of several Bersatu division leaders in Libaran and Kota Raja does not mean that the divisions are no longer functioning.

He said the management of the divisions would be taken over by the party's supreme council pending the appointment of new leaders.

He added that the Bersatu wings, branches and divisions’ annual meetings will go on as scheduled this coming Aug 15-16.

Asked if Dr Mahathir’s intention to set up a new party would be a threat to Bersatu, Redzuan said that it would not.

He said the formation of the new party would only further strengthen Bersatu's struggle.

Last week, Dr Mahathir said he was forming a new Malay-based party shortly after the High Court struck out a suit by five others and him over the nullification of their Bersatu membership.

The former prime minister said the yet-to-be registered party would not be part of either Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional, and would be independent.

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