Former PPBM member Anina Saadudin reminds Muhyiddin Yassin they are both PPBM founding members and that there's no need for locus standi for a debate.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former PPBM member Anina Saadudin has questioned why the issue of locus standi cropped up when PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin was asked to hold a debate with her, as both are co-founders of the same party.
“I am not sure if he is dreaming. Maybe he thinks he is still the deputy prime minister of Malaysia.
“He is no longer the DPM. He is, just like me, a co-founder of PPBM,” said Anina when contacted by FMT today.
Anina had earlier challenged both Muhyiddin and PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir to a debate on any current issue after she sets up an NGO following her resignation from the party yesterday.
She also said Muhyiddin’s current position in the party was not a post he was elected to by the masses but one he was appointed to by the party’s leadership.
“Mukhriz accepted an invitation by his former officer, who was at the time an Umno member, to a debate. Muhkriz did not question the officer’s locus standi.
Anina said although her resignation may have come as a shock to some, she was sure they would eventually accept her decision and support her as she was speaking the truth.
“I have full confidence that people will somehow realise that what I am doing is right. This is not for me, this is for the people.
“Today, I’ve come out again to tell the public that I’ll speak the truth. I will keep doing it,” she said referring to the time when she resigned as a Langkawi Umno member.
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Anina, as well as former PPBM vice-president Hamidah Osman, quit the year-old party on the same day.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin said the decision to fill the positions vacated by Hamidah, who was vice-president and Gopeng division pro-tem chief, would be made after consultations with PPBM’s legal team and supreme council members.
Anina quit on grounds that she had been mistreated by those in PPBM. She said she was removed from the party leaders’ WhatsApp chat group without any prior notification and that she was not invited to PPBM’s first-anniversary celebration on Sept 9.
Anina also said she never received any official letter about the decision to remove her from her posts.
“In contrast, when I sued the Umno president, my membership (in Umno) was automatically terminated but Umno sent me an official letter,” she said.
The resignation by Hamidah meanwhile, a former Perak Umno state executive councillor, came three days after her sister Hamizura posted allegedly racist comments on Facebook that some party leaders as well as Pakatan Harapan partners, openly condemned.
On Sept 13, Hamizura wrote on Facebook that in their zeal to topple Barisan Nasional, the Malays should not allow the Chinese to “step” on them as Malaysia belonged to the Malays.