Move to Drop Candidacy from Bersatu Polls Invalid

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed the move by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to drop his name from contesting for a top post in the party polls is invalid.

The Langkawi member of Parliament reasoned that the court had yet to come to a decision on the status of his membership in Bersatu.

The former prime minister also reiterated that the termination of his membership and four other MPs aligned to him from Bersatu went against the provision stipulated in the party’s constitution.

“The dropping of our names is not valid (as candidates contesting in the party election) as we are still party members unless the court decides otherwise.

“We are still members and we want to contest (in the Bersatu party polls).

“Our candidacy was dropped without (given the chance) to fight it,” said Dr Mahathir after attending the Bersatu Blackout gathering on Saturday night.

It was reported that Dr Mahathir and the four MPs had their party membership automatically nullified for sitting in the opposition bloc during the Dewan Rakyat’s opening on May 18.

The other four leaders whose Bersatu membership ceased are former Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), Simpang Renggam member of parliament Dr Maszlee Malik, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muar) and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu).

The removal subsequently resulted in the names of Dr Mahathir and his son Mukhriz and Syed Saddiq being dropped as one of the candidates vying for the chairman’s and deputy president’s post during the party polls.

The termination also resulted in Syed Saddiq’s name being dropped as a candidate contesting for the top post of the Bersatu Youth Movement or Armada in the party polls.

“We do not care what they did since it (the move to drop their names as candidates) was not in accordance with the party constitution.

“That is why we are organising this gathering (Bersatu Blackout) because we received many enquiries on what is happening in the country’s political scene and I will explain to them what is taking place,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mukhriz said all quarters should have waited for the decision by the Court which is scheduled to make its decision on the status of the party membership involving the five Bersatu MPs on Aug 7.

“We will not recognise such move (to drop their names as candidates contesting in the party election).

“This is because the Court will only make its decision (on the status of our membership) on Aug 7,” he said.

It was reported that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu won the post of party president and deputy president respectively uncontested on Thursday.

According to the list of eligible candidates contesting in the party polls released by Bersatu’s Party Election Committee, the names of the prime minister and Perak Menteri Besar were listed as sole candidates vying for the president and deputy president’s post, respectively.

Bersatu Party Election Committee chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar was reported as saying that an official announcement on the name of the winners for the position would be made after all party divisions had held their meetings on Aug 22. – NST