Hamzah once labelled Muhyiddin as ‘power hungry’, claims Syed Saddiq

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s membership in PPBM was terminated along with those of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and three others on Thursday.

PUTRAJAYA: PPBM secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin once described Muhyiddin Yassin as a “power hungry” leader who wanted to topple Najib Razak’s administration, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman claimed today.

He said Hamzah, who was then an Umno Supreme Council member, had told him Muhyiddin wanted to become the prime minister just before the last general election.

“That was why he (Muhyiddin) kept on attacking Najib,” he said at a press conference here, adding Hamzah had related this to him.

Syed Saddiq, whose membership in PPBM was terminated on Thursday together with those of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his son Mukhriz, Maszlee Malik and Amiruddin Hamzah, said Hamzah had also tried to “pull him out” of PPBM.

Noting that Hamzah was now holding “a powerful position” in the party, he reminded Muhyiddin that “he needs to know who his friends and foes are during his good and bad times”.

“You were labelled as someone who is power hungry,” the former youth and sports minister told the prime minister and PPBM president.

He said he was raising the issue as “PPBM was created for those who are willing to sacrifice personal rewards for the sake of a better Malaysia”.

Hamzah joined PPBM in 2019 and was appointed secretary-general on March 26, 2020. Before that, the position was held by Marzuki Yahaya, who is seen as being aligned to Mahathir.

FMT is reaching out to Hamzah for his response.

‘Membership cannot be terminated under party rules’

Syed Saddiq also said PPBM’s constitution did not give anyone absolute power to terminate a membership.

He said this was the “core” of the party’s constitution which was drawn up after Muhyiddin was sacked from Umno in 2015.

He said Muhyiddin was not called by the Umno disciplinary board to make a stand following his sacking.

PPBM’s constitution, he said, gave priority to members to defend themselves. “It does not give anyone the absolute right to sack or automatically nullify anyone’s membership.”

Syed Saddiq said the move to automatically nullify his membership and those of Mahathir and the others was unfair and not based on “facts”.

He said they had chosen to sit in a bloc that did not side the government or the opposition during the May 18 sitting of Parliament.

“We had agreed to sit in the centre. The accusation that we were sitting in the PH seats is not true,” he said.

He said the party’s regulations were clear and due to that, they would use different legal avenues to settle the matter.

He also said Perikatan Nasional (PN) was just an agreement among various MPs to support Muhyiddin and was not an official coalition.

Syed Saddiq also called for an immediate emergency meeting of PPBM to address current issues.

Present at the press conference held at Yayasan Sedar were other PPBM youth leaders, including information chief Ulya Aqamah Husamudin.

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