Dr Mahathir Mohamad will continue to take the fight against Muhyiddin Yassin for control of Bersatu as he believes he still has grassroots support.
The sacked chairman also believes he is still a Bersatu member.
“We consider ourselves still members of Bersatu. He (Bersatu president Muhyiddin) keeps on sacking everybody if they don’t support him
“That cannot be because the constitution has proper procedures. As such, I am still a member of Bersatu and we will wait for the court to decide,” said the former prime minister in an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insight.
Bersatu has a constitution and that the party cannot sack people without proper investigations, he said.
“In the constitution, the president must consult the chairman, that’s me. But he sacked me without even asking me. He also sacked the secretary-general without asking me,” said Dr Mahathir.
The 95-year-old said he will continue to vie for control of Bersatu as the grassroots still support him despite the sacking.
“Bersatu is generally supportive of me as chairman as the rank and file joined the party because they believed in me.
“But Muhyiddin has enticed the division leaders (by giving them positions in the government) to support him.
“And if you don’t support him, he will sack you and put in someone else who supports him,” said Dr Mahathir, who is also the Langkawi MP.
Almost all Bersatu division leaders have since changed their stand and are supporting Muhyiddin now, he said.
“But the rank and file still want the old Bersatu. They are not offered anything and they are a big number. They are not MPs. They feel the original objectives of Bersatu should be sustained. That is, we are against Umno.
“We will now have to deal with the rank and file without the leaders,” said Dr Mahathir.
Dr Mahathir said he is encouraged by the new “Bersatu blackout” campaign launched in his home state of Kedah on Saturday.
“Although they have no leaders, they turned out in full force. On Saturday, I had 800 people inside the hall.
“The hall could hold 2,000 but because of the need for social distancing, we only allowed 800 inside.
“Outside there were more people. We also had around 17,000 who were watching the live broadcast on the internet.”
Bersatu has now sacked six MPs, including Dr Mahathir, for not supporting Muhyiddin. The latest MP to be sacked is Sri Gading’s Shahruddin Salleh, Muhyiddin’s former political secretary.
The other sacked MPs include former deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu), Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman (Muar) and Dr Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam). – TMI