Hamzah: Membership of 5 Bersatu reps ceased, they were not sacked

The membership of five Bersatu members - (from left)  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman,  Dr Maszlee Malik and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah, has  ‘ended’. - NSTP/File picPETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has denied that five elected representatives were sacked rather it was their own doing that led to the “end” of their membership.

The five in question are Dr Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam), Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Langkawi), Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muar) and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu).

Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said the five’s membership ceased based on their actions when they showed support for the opposition at the Parliament sitting on May 18.

“Based on the party’s constitution, the membership of a member is terminated immediately if any violation happened; Article 10.2.2 to declare leaving the party; and Article 10.2.3 to join or become members in other political parties in the country.

“I would like to stress that all five of them were not sacked from the party but their membership had ended for violating the party’s constitution,” he said at a press conference at Bersatu headquarters here today.

On Thursday, Bersatu sent out letters to the five informing them of their sacking from the party which was formed in 2016.

Hamzah said the five were not hauled up before the Bersatu disciplinary board as there were no complaints made by party members against them.

“Disciplinary board president Tan Sri Megat Najimuddin Megat Khas informed me as the secretary-general that the matter was no longer relevant to be brought before the board when the five ended their membership based on Articles 10.2.2 and 10.2.3,” he said.

Among the complaints was that Dr Mahathir announced that he would remain with Pakatan Harapan as the Perikatan Nasional government was formed under the leadership of the Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and he also was said to have made a joint statement with Pakatan Harapan leaders urging the Parliamentary sitting to continue on May 4.

Dr Mahathir was also cited for submitting a motion of no confidence against Muhyiddin who has been duly appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and for holding a press conference several Pakatan Harapan leaders in Putrajaya on May 18.

He said that Bersatu had decided to leave Pakatan Harapan coalition during the supreme council meeting on Feb 23, which was chaired by Dr Mahathir.

Hamzah who is the Home Minister also noted that he was still Bersatu secretary-general as appointed by the party’s president and acting-chairman Muhyiddin on March 26.

He added that his appointment also invalidates any instruction made former secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya who was terminated from his post via notice by Muhyiddin on March 18.