Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has sent a strong rejection notice to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to challenge his termination from the party.
A letter sent to RoS through his lawyer, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, today states the former prime minister’s rejection of the decision to drop his membership, saying the move is in violation of the party constitution.
“Our client (Dr Mahathir) did not commit any of the offences stated under Articles 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the Bersatu Constitution because our client never left the party or joined another party.
“Our client had never received any notice to inform him or complain about his actions that could lead to him breaking the rules according to Articles 10.2.2 and 10.2.3.
“Our client had also never received any notice or letter asking him to explain any allegation made against him,” he wrote in the letter.
Besides the Langkawi MP, four others were also issued termination letters, namely deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muar), supreme council member Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam) and Amirudin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu).
The reason cited for their removal was their decision to sit with the opposition during the May 18 Parliament session.
Two articles of the Bersatu charter, stating membership is revoked when a member announces they are quitting the party or joins another, were given as grounds for the move. However, all five have done neither.
Party founder and chairman Dr Mahathir is also challenging the authority of organising secretary Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya, who signed the termination letter issued yesterday.