PETALING JAYA: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has confirmed that Dr Mahathir Mohamad is no longer the chairman of PPBM following his resignation amid the political turmoil in late February.
A letter sent by RoS to the party dated May 5 said Mahathir’s resignation was valid and that PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin’s serving in the capacity of chairman was also valid.
“Following the chairman’s resignation, the PPBM president has the right to act as chairman until elections are held, according to Clause 16.9 of PPBM’s constitution,” it said.
RoS’ corporate communication unit confirmed the authenticity of the letter to FMT.
The confirmation by RoS comes in the wake of a statement by PPBM’s election committee chairman, Syed Hamid Albar, that there are “no contenders” for the chairman’s post in the upcoming party elections. It is left to be seen whether Mahathir will be returned unopposed.
Mahathir had resigned as PPBM chairman on Feb 24, just hours after submitting his resignation letter as prime minister and a day after Muhyiddin announced that the party had quit Pakatan Harapan.
However, the party’s then secretary-general, Marzuki Yahya, had said the PPBM Supreme Council rejected Mahathir’s resignation.
Mahathir’s position as chairman was disputed by information chief Radzi Jidin, who said the supreme council did not have the power under the party’s constitution to reject his resignation.
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