PETALING JAYA: An official of PPBM has dismissed a political analyst’s view that PPBM would be taking an Umno-like action if the party was to postpone its elections.
Mior Nor Haidir Suhaimi who is PPBM Legal Bureau secretary said there was a difference in the motives of the two parties.
Any postponement of PPBM elections would be out of the need to strengthen the party’s structure at the grassroots levels first.
“There are other housekeeping issues, such as cleaning up the party’s membership roll, before we can carry out the elections,” he said. “PPBM was born of the need for an alternative to a kleptocratic regime but really the party is still in its infancy.”
However, Umno was already well established, and the postponement of the party’s elections in 2018 was to serve the political aspirations of certain leaders particularly Najib Razak, who was then Umno president.
“Umno’s postponed elections was to avoid a challenge to their top leadership,” he claimed. “So the notion that we are Umno-like by postponing elections is nonsense.”
Several amendments to the party’s constitution were approved by PPBM members at the party’s extraordinary general meeting on Saturday. He said the changes were to give members more of a say in the party’s leadership.
The amendments would need the approval of the Registrar of Societies and would later be explained to the grassroots.
Yesterday, Universiti Utara Malaysia’s Kamarul Zaman Yusoff said PPBM’s move to allow for the postponement of party polls by 18-months through a constitutional amendment was Umno-like.
He said it was ironic because PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad had earlier said the party must be careful not to go down Umno’s path.
The postponement of party polls, he said is a trademark of Umno and contributed to the party’s current predicament as it prevented grassroots members from “taking action” against party leaders they disagreed with.