PETALING JAYA: A source close to the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leadership has denied allegations by a party insider that pro-tem president Muhyiddin Yassin is unilaterally controlling the party.
The source, who declined to be named, told FMT that Muhyiddin consulted PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad in everything he did.
“All appointments are done in consultation with Mahathir,” said the source, in response to an FMT article yesterday, in which another insider in Mahathir’s camp said a rebellion was brewing within the party, owing to Muhyiddin’s leadership style.
The source added that PPBM’s constitution required the President to consult the Chairman before making appointments to top posts in the party, and that Muhyiddin had done just that.
“The person who came out with this story has the bad intention of wanting to drive a wedge between Mahathir and Muhyiddin.”
“There is also no issue about Mahathir’s people being sidelined. In fact Muhyiddin is the one who strongly supported the appointment of Mukhriz Mahathir as Vice-President.”
The source said that the insider’s claims were baseless and unfounded.
Yesterday, it was reported that a party insider had said unhappiness within PPBM was growing over Muhyiddin’s solo act.
It was claimed that Muhyiddin did not consult Mahathir and that he had sidelined the statesman’s “people”.
The insider had also claimed that Pagoh MP Muhyiddin would soon come under attack from several members, including some who had supported the Citizens’ Declaration.
The insider’s claims and the subsequent denial today from a different source, comes in the wake of Mahathir saying that Muhyiddin would likely become prime minister if the Opposition were to wrest Putrajaya from the Barisan Nasional.
“However, it depends on his party whether they will elect him as president and on the (opposition) coalition who should be the prime minister,” Mahathir had said last week.
However, Mahathir had said that a decision on the matter would not be made now as “some people will be disappointed and that will split the party”.