Buntong assemblyman says he quit Bersatu due to issues over non-Malay support


IPOH: Buntong assemblyman A. Sivasubramaniam has quit Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), saying that the party is unable to pull in non-Malay members and support.

"Bersatu is a good party but they cannot implement (programmes) for non-Malay participation," he said after presenting food boxes at his service centre on Thursday (Jan 20).

The three-term assemblyman joined Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) earlier in January.

"I don't see leaving Bersatu as an issue as we are still under the same coalition. My priority is my constituents and I need to take care of their welfare," he said, adding that it was also his prerogative on whether he needed to inform the party of his decision to quit.

"PBM is a good opportunity because it is multi-racial. If the party decides to field me in Buntong, I know what I need to do having served as the assemblyman here for 15 years," he added.

Sivasubramaniam and Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong Choo Kiong, were unveiled as PBM members on Jan 9; Sivasubramaniam was appointed PBM senior vice-president II while Yong was made treasurer.

The duo quit DAP following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan state government in 2020.

Prior to joining Bersatu in 2021, Sivasubramaniam had also joined Gerakan.

Sivasubramaniam said he was also not bothered of having people branding him as a "frog" for hopping from one party to another.

"People are still coming to my office every day.

"They just want an assemblyman who can serve them and I am doing that," he said.

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