Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) top leadership agrees with Armada, the party’s youth wing, on the need to end patronage politics, said Armada chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
He said PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir are against patronage politics and they stand firm with the party’s youth wing on the matter.
“What is good is that there have been stern statements from the party’s top leadership, namely Tun Dr Mahathir, (on the issue) yesterday.
“At the same time, from discussions with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, they also agree with Armada’s views. We want to create a new culture of politics, a new Malaysia and the culture of patronage politics must end,” he told reporters today.
Syed Saddiq came under fire after he had openly lambasted Bandar Tun Razak PPBM division chief Mohd Shahni Ismail at the party’s annual general meeting (AGM) last weekend for demanding government resources for the party, similar to the patronage politics practised by Umno.
This led to several PPBM division chiefs calling for Syed Saddiq’s ouster, with some even suggesting a boycott to any activities or communication from the party’s youth wing.
PPBM secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya said today Syed Saddiq can only be replaced through party elections.
He said the party upholds democracy and that Syed Saddiq’s position is not subject to any arbitrary attempts from certain quarters.
“I would like to stress that PPBM is not the place for hasty decisions, of removing a person from his or her post due to a difference in opinion because the party believes in democracy.
“We will hold party elections next year and members can make their decision then. Claims of attempts to get rid of Syed Saddiq are nothing but a misunderstanding and the matter should not be prolonged,” he told New Straits Times.
Klang MP Charles Santiago said it’s time to shake off every bit of Umno mentality and to be accountable to the Malaysians who voted PH in.
He also said he supports Syed Saddiq’s stand against patronage politics.
“I support him fully for we do not want money politics to set the tone for how things are done in PH,” Charles said in a statement today.
“I vehemently denounce the boycott against Syed Saddiq by division leaders who shamelessly argue that they lost everything when they left Umno for Bersatu and hence it’s fine to use their power to solicit business deals.
“The old-timers didn’t sacrifice their jobs and positions when they left Umno. They left a sinking ship hoping to find similar opportunities in Bersatu.
“This cannot be condoned. And if we turn a blind eye now, we are no better than Umno.”
Perak DAP has also criticised calls to channel contracts or projects to division heads.
Its chairman, Nga Kor Ming said the matter is not a culture practised by PH apart from tarnishing the image of the ruling government.
“Perak DAP did not agree. Our call is not to bring the bad culture of Barisan Nasional into Pakatan Harapan.
“Pakatan Harapan won because the people want the government to be transparent, clean and fair to all apart from giving priority to the people now,” he said at a media conference today.