Bersatu sacks rogue six

Termination notices handed to MPs with immediate effect, says Hamzah

PETALING JAYA: Bersatu has terminated the membership of its six rogue MPs with immediate effect, the party secretary-general announced. Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said the decision was made by the Bersatu supreme council on June 7 and relayed to the Perikatan Nasional leadership council on June 11.

“Termination notices have been handed over to the six MPs,” he said in a statement yesterday.

They are Dr Zulkafperi Hanapi (Tanjung Karang), Zahari Kechik (Jeli), Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid (Kuala Kangsar), Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal (Bukit Gantang), Mohd Azizi Abu Naim (Gua Musang) and Datuk Dr Suhaili Abdul Rahman (Labuan).

Hamzah said Suhaili’s termination was made under Article 10.2.6 of the party constitution and notice of his termination was sent to him earlier on May 17.

He said all processes were carried out according to the party constitution and the country’s laws as provided for under Article 49 (A) of the Federal Constitution and state laws.

Bersatu party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said after chairing the Perikatan leadership council meeting that a notice would be sent to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul regarding the status of the six MPs who declared their support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim but did not quit the party.

In March, Bersatu held a special general assembly to approve a constitutional amendment to revoke the membership of elected representatives who supported rivals.

Bersatu’s Selat Klang assemblyman Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari had also pledged support for Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, who is from PKR.

In April, the Registrar of Societies (ROS) approved Bersatu’s application to amend its constitution.However, some political analysts felt that the six Bersatu MPs could not be made to vacate their seats as their decision was made before the party’s constitutional amendment came into force.

Johari said last week that he had not received any official notice from any party regarding the six Bersatu MPs who had their party membership revoked.

He said he needed time to examine all matters carefully, especially those involving laws such as the Anti-Party Hopping Act passed in Parliament, before making a decision on the issue.

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