KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) secretary-general Shahruddin Md Salleh has yet to receive Ezam Mohd Nor’s letter of resignation from the party.
“I have not received it,” he said in response to FMT’s query via WhatsApp.
An FMT report today, quoting sources, said Ezam, a former senator who joined PPBM three months ago, sent a letter to Shahruddin communicating his decision to leave the party.
According to a Malaysiakini report, Ezam said the letter was delivered last week.
Ezam is the second senior member to leave the new party, after Khairuddin Abu Hassan on Oct 27.
It has been a week since the party was hit by internal turmoil, culminating in the removal of Anina Saadudin as the PPBM Wanita chief.
The PPBM supreme council has disputed her claim that she was removed from the position, saying it was not possible for her to have been the chief of a wing that had not even been established.
PPBM information chief Kamarudin Mohd Noor said the timing of Ezam’s resignation was a coincidence and had nothing to do with last week’s events.
“Ezam resigned because the board of directors of Hisbah Centre for Reform, of which Ezam is chairman, decided it was unsuitable for him to be a member of a political party.
“We can accept and respect the decision,” said Kamarudin, adding he had met Ezam to discuss the matter.
A source told FMT, however, that more activist members of PPBM were expected to follow in the footsteps of Ezam and Khairuddin.