Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) founding member Anina Saadudin is not the party’s Srikandi (women) chief because her performance is not up to par, said its president Muhyiddin Yassin.
“What happened was that Anina did not meet the targets we hoped for, so the decision was that she would not be appointed as Srikandi chief,” Muhyiddin said at a press conference in Shah Alam.
Anina last month claimed she had been stripped of her post as Bersatu women chief. She believed it may have been due to a sex scandal she was implicated in.
Muhyiddin, however, said it was nothing personal, and stressed that Anina was an important founding member who was still on the party’s supreme council.
He hoped she would remain with the party.
Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad added that Anina shouldn’t give up on the party because of a minor set back.
“I myself am used to being kicked out of political parties, but in the end I became prime minister.
“Don’t abandon the party's struggles just because we are disappointed,” Mahathir said.
Mahathir was expelled from Umno in 1969 after criticising then-president Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Meanwhile, Bersatu deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir denied that Anina was removed as Srikandi chief because he wanted to contest for the Langkawi parliamentary seat.
Mukhriz said seat allocations had not yet been discussed.
Anina is a former Langkawi Wanita Umno member.
On a separate matter, an amused Mahathir pretend to box with Muhyiddin while a reporter asked about allegations that the party was split into two camps supporting either leader.
“There are some who want us to fight because they feel left out with our presence,” Muhyiddin said.
He added that he and Mahathir work together closely on party matters daily.
The two were speaking to reporters after launching the party’s theme song and website.
Mahathir said Bersatu has more than 100,000 members, but that the actual number may be higher as many applications are still being processed.- Mkini