Bersatu to Boot out Dr M, Mukhriz?

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The Bersatu supreme council is expected to discuss sacking two founding members, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Mukhriz Mahathir, at a meeting tomorrow.


Party sources said the father-son duo are not invited to the meet.

Chairman Dr Mahathir and deputy president Mukhriz played a vital role in the formation of Bersatu, established with the aim of replacing Umno as the choice party for Malays and Bumiputeras.

The two are embroiled in a conflict with president Muhyiddin Yassin, who teamed up with Barisan Nasional, PAS and Gabungan Parti Sarawak to form the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition earlier this year.

Muhyiddin’s decision to make up with Umno after ditching Pakatan Harapan has been a sore point for Dr Mahathir and Mukhriz.

Dr Mahathir, who helmed the previous PH government, has proposed a motion of no confidence against Muhyiddin as prime minister when Parliament sits for a day on May 18.

Three Bersatu supreme council members told The Malaysian Insight that the letter calling for tomorrow’s meeting does not list Dr Mahathir and Mukhriz.

“They have not been called to attend the meeting as the party wants to sack them,” said one source.

The notice for the meeting, issued by Bersatu working secretary Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya and seen by The Malaysian Insight, lists the president, two vice-presidents, heads of the youth and women’s wings, and other supreme council members as invitees.

Supreme council member Akramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi, who is also among Bersatu’s founders, said he hopes the party is not out to sack Dr Mahathir and Mukhriz.

“I hope the supreme council will discuss how to strengthen ties so that it continues to play an important role in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a Facebook post.

“I also pray the rumours that the meeting tomorrow is meant to drop the membership of Dr Mahathir and Mukhriz are not true.”

Dr Mahathir was recently returned as chairman unopposed, while Mukhriz will challenge Muhyiddin for the president’s post. – TMI