Dr M seeks to return as chairman in PPBM polls

Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as PPBM’s chairman at the height of the political crisis last month, but his status remains unclear. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced his candidacy for PPBM chairman in the upcoming party elections.

“I am Dr Mahathir, PPBM member no. 1 and founder of the party. I offer myself to contest the chairman’s post to save PPBM (as) some of the party’s leaders are working with kleptocrats and Umno to form a backdoor government.

“Join our struggle to return our party to the right path,” he said.

PPBM is split between those who remained with Mahathir, and those who joined its president Muhyiddin Yassin to form the new Perikatan Nasional coalition government with Umno, GPS and PAS.

There is uncertainty over Mahathir’s current position in the party.

He resigned as chairman after Muhyiddin announced that the party was no longer part of Pakatan Harapan.

But the party’s secretary-general Marzuki Yahya had said that the PPBM’s Supreme Council rejected his resignation.

Muhyiddin has since named himself as the party’s acting chairman until party elections are held.