PPBM ‘open again’ to defectors from rival parties

Mukhriz Mahathir, deputy president of PPBM, says the party will now accept defectors.

PETALING JAYA: PPBM has lifted its moratorium on recruiting members from rival parties and is welcoming anyone who wants to join the party, its deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir revealed, according to a news report.

Mukhriz said there is no longer “a need to wait for two or three months” because “our objectives and struggles are the same,” Malaysiakini quoted him as saying at a party event in Machang at which former Bukit Tuku assemblyman Mohd Zain Ismail of Umno and 500 others joined PPBM.

The moratorium was imposed more than two months ago by PPBM chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In May, Mahathir, who is also the Pakatan Harapan chairman, had said PPBM would accept Umno members provided they become “independent” first.

“Umno members can join us by first becoming independent and then make their stand on the PH-led government and then we’ll decide if they are allowed to join or not,” he was quoted as saying, contradicting his earlier statement that PH would not accept Umno members.

DAP’s Klang MP Charles Santiago had previously cautioned PPBM against accepting former Umno members with certain conditions, saying the people might lose confidence in PH.