PETALING JAYA: Khairuddin Abu Hassan has rebuffed claims that his exit from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia could affect the new party’s prospects.
He wondered how his departure could be misconstrued as a sign of the party’s failure, adding that he was only an ordinary member.
“The youth and those sitting on the fence will still choose Bersatu as their new platform in fighting against corruption and a keptocratic government,” he said in a statement.
He rejected the claims of some Umno members that his pullout from the party meant PPBM’s eventual demise. He said they were attempting to distract the people through propaganda
Khairuddin, a former Umno divisional leader, is known to be a staunch supporter of former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who set up PPBM as part of his campaign to oust Najib Razak as prime minister.
“I will continue to assist the party from outside in order to topple Najib Razak, Umno and Barisan Nasional. I would not completely leave Bersatu,” Khairuddin said.
He pledged to continue to campaign in order to increase the number of PPBM members and would aid the party from the outside “to play a significant enough role to strengthen PPBM so that it becomes the most respected party in our country’s political landscape.”
He stressed that no one could separate him from the former premier. “As long as I am breathing I will humble myself before Tun Dr. Mahathir.”
Khairuddin announced his resignation from PPBM on Thursday, saying that he had left the party to focus on the court cases he was facing and to fight all forms of corruption.
Umno Supreme Council member Ismail Sabri Yaakob had claimed that Khairuddin’s exit showed a lack of confidence in PPBM’s future.