PETALING JAYA: Former PPBM leader Anina Saadudin’s attack on the party she helped form will only work against her, say PPBM supreme council members.
Rais Hussin, who is also the head of PPBM’s policy and strategy bureau, said this was because members of the public have found it difficult to trust her following her sudden 180-degree shift in political stance.
“It will help us. Anina made her name by issuing a lot of vulgar verbal attacks on Najib,” he said to FMT, referring to Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Razak.
“But now she has turned around and is showering praises on Najib and Umno. When you do that, you lose all the credibility you once had.
“So Anina can say whatever she wants, because no one will trust her. She doesn’t have the credibility to pose a threat to us anymore.”
Anina, who now heads an NGO named “Empirical Malaysia”, held a press conference on Saturday in which she urged the public not to support PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has been selected by Pakatan Harapan (PH) as its prime ministerial candidate should the opposition win the next general election (GE14).
She said they should instead vote for a party and candidate that can protect the interests of the Malays and other Bumiputeras.
Tariq Ismail agreed with Rais, saying Anina had chosen “the wrong strategy” from the day she announced her resignation from PPBM.
“The announcement didn’t create much impact because she did it in Cikgu’s company,” he said using a nickname to refer to another PPBM founding member, Kamarulzaman Habibul Rahman, who quit in April last year, a few months before Anina.
“Cikgu demonised PPBM immediately after he left the party. So people know he’s now with Umno. It’s good for us that Anina chose the wrong strategy. But I feel sorry for her.”
Anina became the focus of public attention in August 2015 while still with the Langkawi Umno division, after a video clip of her criticising Najib went viral on social media.
She was sacked from Umno the following month, after she filed a suit against Najib, accusing him of defrauding Umno members for his receipt of RM2.6 billion in March 2013 and his subsequent use of it without Umno’s knowledge.
Anina helped form PPBM in September 2016, only to quit the party a year later, citing her treatment by its leaders as the reason.