1,000 PPBM mem­bers to quit party, says founder

New Straits Times - - News -

PORT DICK­SON: More than 1,000 mem­bers of Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) are ex­pected to leave the party, says one of the party founders.

Ka­marul Az­man Habibur Rah­man, who is a for­mer PPBM supreme coun­cil mem­ber, said they had ex­pressed their in­ten­tion to fol­low in his foot­steps when he left the party about a month ago.

“As a founder of PPBM, I see that the di­rec­tion of the party has drifted from its prin­ci­ples,” he said here yes­ter­day.

Ka­marul Az­man, who is now the Gabun­gan Kepimp­inan Ce­lik Minda pres­i­dent, said those leav­ing PPBM were plan­ning to join his or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“From the be­gin­ning, I have seen that the party fails to elect a cred­i­ble head of di­vi­sions. The party lead­ers, too, do not re­spect our views,” he said.

He said the party would not last long if crony­ism con­tin­ued to be prac­tised in PPBM.

“It’s very dis­ap­point­ing, es­pe­cially when you had high hopes that the party would bring changes, but could not de­liver its prom­ises.”

He said PPBM lead­ers and mem­bers should be gen­tle­men in pol­i­tics.

“If they do not like the gov­ern­ment, change it in the next gen­eral elec­tion.”

Ka­marul Az­man said he was dis­ap­pointed to see how the prime min­is­ter’s post was put as the top agenda in PPBM over ser­vice to the peo­ple.

“(For­mer prime min­is­ter) Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad had been asked nu­mer­ous times on why he did the U-turn. His an­swer is al­ways the same — that there’s no point to con­tinue the jour­ney on a rocky road, know­ing that the road is lead­ing you to a disas­ter.

“Now, I am mak­ing a U-turn. I must say that I learnt that from him,” he said.

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