Question mark over future of Syed Saddiq, sec-gen in PPBM

PPBM youth leader Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (left) and secretary-general Marzuki Yahya face possible action for their remarks in the wake of the political crisis.

KUALA LUMPUR: A PPBM Supreme Council member has hinted that youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman could be removed as the cracks in the party look to widen over the fallout between its two top leaders.

Syed Saddiq, the Muar MP, had criticised PPBM yesterday for working en bloc with the likes of Umno and PAS, and declared that he would never work with those involved in corruption to form a government.

Today, PPBM Supreme Council member Redzuan Yusof indicated that Syed Saddiq may not remain as the wing’s leader.

“It seems that the post currently occupied by Syed Saddiq would be made vacant but he can continue as acting youth chief on the orders of the president,” Redzuan told reporters at Muhyiddin Yassin’s residence here.

Muhyiddin was earlier sworn in as the country’s eighth prime minister following the political crisis sparked by Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation as prime minister and the subsequent pullout of PPBM from Pakatan Harapan, which resulted in the collapse of the ruling coalition.

Redzuan said the party would leave it to its disciplinary board to decide on action against Syed Saddiq and deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir over their recent criticism of the party.

Mukhriz had questioned the Muhyiddin-led bloc’s claim that it had the support of 36 PPBM members.

He said Mahathir had the support of at least five others from PPBM – himself as MP for Jerlun, Syed Saddiq, Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu), Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam) and Eddin Syazlee Shith (Kuala Pilah).

Redzuan also called for the party’s secretary-general, Marzuki Yahya, to be replaced after he announced that Mahathir was still the party chairman, which Redzuan said confused party members and the public.

He also said he could not accept Marzuki’s statement that Mahathir had absolute power in the party, and that his remarks went against the party’s constitution.

“I suggest Marzuki be replaced to calm things down,” he said.

Mahathir had stepped down as PPBM chairman on Monday after resigning as prime minister. The supreme council, however, unanimously rejected his resignation as chairman the next day.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin issued a statement saying he was the acting chairman pending party elections.

This morning, Mahathir said he expected to be expelled from the party.