“When issues are raised by a senior member of the party, it gives the impression that there’s an internal crisis that can’t be resolved internally.
“This will damage the party because it will create a perception that there’s a big problem within PPBM and that the party is crumbling.”
On Sunday, PPBM Armada chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman challenged the party’s vice-president Datuk Hamidah Osman to resign from the party, alleging that she was the one responsible for the unravelling of Perak PPBM.
Recently, Ipoh Timur PPBM division chief Azrul Suhadi Ahmad Mokhtar and Teluk Intan chief Jemaat Yaacob led more than 1,000 Perak PPBM members in handing in their resignation letters.
They claimed party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had failed to resolve conflicts at the national and state levels despite being given a week to do so.
Syed Saddiq described Hamidah as a hypocrite who had turned her back on Muhyiddin after she was denied the position of PPBM Perak chief.
PPBM Supreme Council member Anina Saadudin, when contacted, expressed hope that the party’s top leadership would address the issue immediately.
She said although she was stripped of the Srikandi chief’s post last year, she remained silent over the issue instead of bickering over it.
“We must hold on to our principles. If we believe in something, we must fight for it.
“When I was stripped of the Srikandi post, I kept quiet because I have no personal interest in PPBM.
“I respect the party. But if we are no longer appreciated, or if we feel uneasy with the party’s struggle, then quit the party.
“Be truthful and fight professionally.”
Following the attacks against Hamidah, former PPBM founding member Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan said a rookie such as Syed Saddiq had no right to challenge someone more senior than him.
Khairuddin labelled Syed Saddiq as “rude”, “arrogant” and “stupid”.
Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi