KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah PKR women’s chief Rahimah Majid said she would not be appealing her suspension from the party.
She said there was no case or charge for her to answer.
Rahimah said similar suspensions and expulsions of several hundred other PKR leaders and members only revealed a witch-hunt against those loyal to the party.
She declared that, after much thought, she and many other PKR leaders and members had no alternative but to leave PKR.
“Joining me in leaving the party are a majority of the Kudat PKR divisonal committee members and nine divisional and state women’s wing committee members.”
In a press statement today, she blamed PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s desperation to become prime minister for causing the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.
Rahimah said coalition members had given their support to Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as the 7th PM on Feb 25 morning, but Anwar led PH to change their decision on Feb 26 night to withdraw all support for Mahathir.
Anwar instead backed himself to be next PM in the interview with PH MPs with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Feb 27, she said.
“This was a grave strategic error and pure stupidity as PH then, without PPBM, had only 92 MPs, short of the simple majority of 112 and insufficient for the Agong to exercise his constitutional discretion to appoint Anwar as PM.
“PH even had the audacity to charter an open-deck bus to ferry its MPs to the istana and were in a celebratory mood despite knowing full well that they did not have the required 112-vote simple majority,” she said.
“If Anwar had acted correctly and strategically, instead of being blinded by sheer greed and lust to be the PM, and had their 92 MPs supported Tun (Mahathir) before the Agong on Feb 27 at the istana, the King would have had no other alternative but to re-appoint Tun as PM,” she said.
“Instead, Anwar and PH only realised their folly on the night of Feb 27 and reverted their stand on Feb 28 after meeting Tun (Mahathir) again to bring him back into the PH fold.
“Alas, it was too late as the Agong had by then appointed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the eighth PM.”
She said the King had acted properly in exercising his discretion in the matter of deciding who had majority support in the Dewan Rakyat.
Rahimah said Anwar had no cogent views for the betterment of Malaysia, especially when the country was facing a global Covid-19 pandemic and worldwide economic downturn.