PUTRAJAYA: PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir today warned former Umno leaders who hoped to break up the Pakatan Harapan coalition by joining one of its component parties.
Mukhriz said while PPBM welcomed former Umno leaders who wished to begin a new struggle, they should not think that PPBM was not powerful and not influential “to the point that we need you to be members”.
He said PPBM did not need to have 30 or 40 seats to be strong. The party currently has 16 seats in Parliament.
“Do you want us to fight with our partners in PH? Don’t count on it. It is on the PH platform we won in the 14th general election.
“We will not consider those who want to come in just so they can break up the pact. That will not happen.
“If that is your intention in joining PH, then no thanks. Just stay where you are,” he said in his adjournment speech at the PPBM annual general assembly at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) today.
Mukhriz, who is also Kedah menteri besar, said PPBM set the terms for those who wish to join it.
“Don’t hope for any positions or kickbacks. Even the current members are not getting any kickbacks.
“Secondly, please realise the mistakes your party made before this, especially those that were committed against those who are now in PPBM.
“If you have hopes to join PPBM, you must apologise to the people, and to PPBM,” he said.
The Jerlun MP said at times he felt there was no remorse on the part of former Umno leaders, and called on them to wake up and be humble before even considering joining PPBM and PH.
Mukhriz also allayed concerns of PPBM delegates over the acceptance of former Umno leaders, saying that the views of the grassroots leaders would be taken into consideration.
“There are divisions which are worried. In the last general election, they fought to the death, they lost, so now to accept them into PPBM, it may be something hard to accept. I understand that,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mukhriz proposed for a one-member-one-vote election model to be used by the party, and urged delegates to not worry about the voting process.
“I am confident that with the system we are about to use, it is not possible for it to be abused or manipulated.
“I wish to propose that we truly consider giving powers to all the grassroots, all the members,” he said.
Mukhriz said candidates who are successful in capturing the hearts of the members would still win.
“But if you don’t do your work, you don’t open your branches, you ignore your members, give excuses after excuses, go to ministries looking for contracts, we will see what happens in the party polls next year,” he added.