More supporters of Dr Mahathir Mohamad have left PPBM, following in the footsteps of several other leaders and members yesterday who said the party had strayed from its original struggle.
Perlis Bersatu Youth chief Syazwan Fahmi Badrul Sham is the latest to leave the party in support of Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Syazwan said he is relinquishing all his party posts with immediate effect.
“I would like to thank all my friends in the youth wing who have been through ups and downs. I hope we would still be friends, although I am taking a different path,” he said in a statement.
Syazwan said the decision was made after consulting several leaders at division, branch and state levels in Perlis.
“As for the others, I will let them make the announcement themselves. I am not asking or inviting anyone to leave Bersatu.”
Meanwhile, Bersatu’s Langkawi division deputy chief Shukor Bahari and 22 of its 25 committee members have resigned from the party with immediate effect.
Following this, 16 Bersatu branches in the Langkawi division have been automatically dissolved, Shukor told a press conference at the Langkawi MP’s service centre today.
“We, of our own accord and without being forced by anyone, hereby declare our departure from the party with immediate effect,” he said.
Earlier today, supreme council member Ulya Aqamah Husamudin and Gerik youth chief Abu Hafiz Saleh Hudin announced their resignations from the party, led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
This comes after Dr Mahathir on Friday announced the formation of a new party that will uphold Bersatu’s mission to end corruption.
Two other supreme council members – A Kadir Jasin and Tariq Ismail – have already left the party, and Jeram rep Shaid Rosli quit yesterday.
Last night, Petaling Jaya Bersatu division chief Mohamad Shafiri Abd Karim left the party, taking 500 members with him.
They said they have lost trust in Muhyiddin’s leadership.
It was reported that Bersatu leaders in Kota Raja and Bangi will be making similar announcements today.
The name of Dr Mahathir’s new party has not yet been decided as he is waiting for approval from the Registrar of Societies.
The 95-year-old said the new outfit is necessary as all other Malay parties have deviated from their original goals.
“We are forming a new party. This party will uphold the values of Bersatu when it was formed. We will fight corruption relentlessly,” the former prime minister had said. – TMI