Muhyiddin: Many wanted me to act sternly against Dr M

Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir during better times. – The Star photo

By Chew Lip Song

BREAKING his silence over the leadership crisis in Bersatu, party president and PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin said he did not want to act rashly against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other party rebels.

This was despite calls for him to take stern action against the group led by Dr Mahathir, whom he replaced as PM in March following an internal coup.

He also clarified that the five were not expelled from the party but automatically lost their memberships when they chose to sit among the opposition during the May 18 Parliament sitting.

“We are certainly disappointed with Tun Dr Mahathir’s decision not to stay with the party’s struggle as determined by the Supreme Council.

“Tun and his supporters have chosen to co-operate with Pakatan Harapan even though the party has decided otherwise. If that is Tun’s decision, I wish them well,” Muhyiddin said in a statement today.

He also called on party members to stay calm and close ranks.
Earlier, Bersatu organising secretary Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya had written to inform Dr Mahathir, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah, Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman and Maszlee Malik on Thursday that their memberships were terminated as they sat on the Opposition bench on May 18.
Dr Mahathir, who still insist on being the Bersatu chairman, visited the party yesterday and disputed the termination.

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