An­ina quits Pribumi, Hami­dah fol­lows suit

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

Two key mem­bers of Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (Pribumi), one a found­ing mem­ber who hit the lime­light for her out­spo­ken­ness and the other a vice-pres­i­dent, have quit the party.

Hours af­ter An­ina Saadudin an­nounced her de­ci­sion to leave, the party re­vealed that

vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Hami

dah Os­man had also quit.

An­ina, a for­mer Langkawi

Wanita Umno leader, said she was dis­il­lu­sioned with the party, which she claimed was mired in crony­ism and a strug­gle for power among its lead­er­ship.

“I am not any­one’s don­key, cow or dog,” she said, lament­ing that Pribumi had lost the core val­ues of its strug­gles and was now a plat­form to serve the po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests of cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als.

An­ina claimed that she was sacked from the party’s lead­er­ship coun­cil through What­sApp with­out any ex­pla­na­tion.

“There was no black-and-white at all. At least when I was sacked from Umno, a let­ter was sent to me. Pribumi is even worse than the peo­ple they com­plained about,” she said, adding that she would con­tinue her po­lit­i­cal strug­gle through an NGO that she would set up soon.

An­ina was sacked from Umno af­ter openly crit­i­cis­ing and ini­ti­at­ing court ac­tion against party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak.

Shed­ding tears, An­ina said the party that she helped set up for the peo­ple no longer prac­tised the prin­ci­ples of jus­tice, trans­parency and in­tegrity.

She said any form of dis­sent against the party’s top lead­er­ship was im­me­di­ately si­lenced.

“Any bad re­mark is im­me­di­ately per­ceived to be aimed at Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad,” she added.

“The party is hid­ing be­hind Dr Ma­hathir.

“This is wrong. The party was founded for the peo­ple,” she said re­fer­ring to the Pribumi and Pakatan Hara­pan chair­man.

An­ina pointed out that Pribumi was over-re­liant on Dr Ma­hathir, claim­ing that the party was not able to at­tract new sup­port­ers with­out the for­mer premier’s pres­ence.

Pribumi sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Dr Shahrud­din Md Salleh said in a state­ment that the party and supreme coun­cil agreed to Hami­dah’s res­ig­na­tion as vice-pres­i­dent, Gopeng divi­sion pro­tem com­mit­tee chair­man and as Pribumi mem­ber.

“PPBM re­spects her de­ci­sion and records our high­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude for her con­tri­bu­tions to PPBM over the years,” he added.

Hami­dah’s res­ig­na­tion comes days af­ter her sis­ter Hamizura’s racially-charged Face­book post sparked out­rage among some party lead­ers.

On Wed­nes­day, Hamizura wrote that the Malays should not al­low the Chi­nese to “step” all over them. She has since apol­o­gised to the Chi­nese com­mu­nity.

No more Pribumi: An­ina (left) and Hami­dah have quit the party.

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