Batu Ga­jah PPBM com­mit­tee leaves party

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BATU GA­JAH: Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) Batu Ga­jah di­vi­sion is the lat­est group to join the list of mem­bers who have left the party, af­ter clash­ing with the state lead­er­ship.

With the de­par­ture of its com­mit­tee mem­bers, the di­vi­sion is the fifth to cease op­er­a­tion in Perak af­ter Gopeng, Kuala Kangsar, Parit and Teluk In­tan.

Batu Ga­jah di­vi­sional com­mit­tee chief Mohd Shirin Ade­nan said the res­ig­na­tion of the di­vi­sion’s 18 com­mit­tee mem­bers would mean its clo­sure with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

He said lead­ers from six more di­vi­sions may fol­low suit.

Cit­ing the lack of con­fi­dence in the party’s state lead­er­ship, Shirin said the 24 di­vi­sional com­mit­tee chiefs had been side­lined in de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

“We were not con­sulted prior to the or­gan­i­sa­tion of party pro­grammes and the state chair­man, Ah­mad Faizal Azumu, did not touch base with the grass­roots.

“The way he han­dles things is dif­fer­ent from Datuk Hami­dah Os­man (for­mer PPBM vice-pres­i­dent), who was one of the founders of PPBM in Perak.

“She would call us for meet­ings and kept us in­formed of the party af­fairs.”

Shirin said party mem­bers de­manded clar­i­fi­ca­tion on is­sues, in­clud­ing the use of the name Ar­mada for PPBM’s Youth wing.

“The Reg­is­trar of So­ci­eties had re­cently pointed out that Ar­mada was not in­cluded in the party con­sti­tu­tion.

“This has caused con­fu­sion among mem­bers, who want an ex­pla­na­tion as the of­fence could cause the party to be de-reg­is­tered.

“Un­for­tu­nately, noth­ing was con­veyed to us. We were left in the dark and we could not give sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion to mem­bers.

“I have met more than 1,000 mem­bers whom I had reg­is­tered un­der the di­vi­sion and most of them told me that they might also leave the party,” he said, adding that he would not join an­other po­lit­i­cal party.

Faizal said a state PPBM lead­er­ship meet­ing would be held next week to dis­cuss the mat­ter, as well as the party elec­tion ma­chin­ery.

On the res­ig­na­tion of the Batu Ga­jah di­vi­sion com­mit­tee mem­bers, he said: “I’m sad to hear of their de­ci­sion.

“I spoke to Shirin last night (Mon­day) and he told me it was a crazy idea for him to leave PPBM.

In Pu­tra­jaya, PPBM gave its state­ment here to the Reg­is­trar of So­ci­eties, which is prob­ing com­plaints about the party fail­ing to com­ply with its own con­sti­tu­tion.

PPBM sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Dr Shahrud­din Md Salleh, who rep­re­sented the party at the RoS head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day, gave his state­ment in con­nec­tion with the com­plaints lodged by mem­bers of sev­eral di­v­ions in Jo­hor.

PIC BY MUHAIZAN YAHYA

Batu Ga­jah di­vi­sional com­mit­tee chief Mohd Shirin Ade­nan (cen­tre) and his com­mit­tee an­nounc­ing their de­ci­sion to leave PPBM yes­ter­day.

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