PETALING JAYA: Khairuddin Abu Hassan today declared he was leaving Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), barely two month’s after the party chaired by Dr Mahathir Mohamad was formed last September.
“From this moment, all my struggles will be in the name of Khairuddin bin Abu Hassan and I will not be representing any political party for the time being,” said the Mahathir loyalist who was among the more prominent members of the new party.
Khairuddin’s announcement tonight comes amid speculation that some PPBM leaders were getting increasingly unhappy with the leadership of their president Muhyiddin Yassin.
The former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief had last month questioned the failure of the party leadership to name former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir as deputy president, saying it had been agreed during PPBM’s inception.
Khairuddin said his decision to stay out of PPBM was to enable him to prepare for a string of court cases.
“The truth is I have to focus fully on several important court trials to fight the corruption of (Prime Minister) Najib Tun Razak and the abuse of government institutions in this country,” said Khairuddin, who was arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 last year after he lodged complaints over 1MDB with several foreign enforcement agencies.
In his parting message, Khairuddin advised PPBM members to be loyal to the party leadership.
He also pledged to fulfil all speaking engagements but not as a PPBM member.
“United we stand, divided we fall,” he said.