PETALING JAYA: Former PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad today claimed that PPBM is only allowing non-Bumiputera members to hold leadership positions to ensure they retain majority support in the Dewan Rakyat.
In a blogpost, Mahathir said five Umno MPs were currently facing trial and might be found guilty, leading to them losing their parliamentary seats.
Pekan MP Najib Razak has been convicted of corruption in relation to the SRC International case, but is appealing the conviction.
The other four facing trials are Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin, Pontian MP Ahmad Maslan and Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
“If they lose their positions as elected representatives, PPBM and Perikatan Nasional will fall,” Mahathir said.
“To avoid this from happening, the prime minister (Muhyiddin Yassin) needs to find replacements. So, PPBM dropped its position as a Bumiputera party and opened up membership to all races.”
PPBM currently allows non-Bumiputeras to join the party as associate members, but they cannot hold leadership positions.
On Saturday, Muhyiddin announced a proposal to set up a new chapter for non-Bumiputera members, in which they could hold positions.
Mahathir also said he believed PPBM would not get support from Umno and PAS in a general election and the party might end up being dissolved and its leaders and members rejoining Umno.