KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 – 144 out of 191 Armada chiefs of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) have come out to support Perikatan Nasional under the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
In a joint statement, the 144 Armada chiefs questioned Syed Saddiq’s statement yesterday which rejected the party cooperation with UMNO and pledging support to the notion of bringing PPBM back into Pakatan Harapan under the leadership of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The statement also questioned if Syed Saddiq would be able to produce the names of Armada chiefs that support his statement.
The Armada chiefs of Terengganu, Selangor, Sabah and Perak had already issued a statement yesterday rejecting Syed Saddiq’s statement as not representing their views.
Armada EXCO, Mahathir Mohd Rais said that in the meeting between Armada and Tun Mahathir, they didn’t raise objection to the Chairman out of respect to him.
“It was a weird meeting and seems out of desperation,” he said in his Facebook.
Another Armada EXCO, Muzammil Ismail urged the party to forget about Pakatan Harapan.
“Most of the Armada chief do not fully support the stand taken by Armada central leadership to cooperate with Pakatan Harapan,
“As National EXCO of Armada, I hold to the decision made by the Supreme Council of PPBM on February 23, which is to leave Pakatan Harapan.” said Muzammil.
He reminded how as Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir was always ‘bullied’ by the component parties of Pakatan Harapan.
Muzammil is one of the candidates to challenge Syed Saddiq at as the head of Armada in the next party election.
It is not clear who is currently leading Pakatan Harapan and who would be their Prime Minister candidate should they be successful in grabbing back Putrajaya from Perikatan Nasional.
Anwar Ibrahim has recently stake a claim as the opposition leader, however, it seems that the only way for Pakatan Harapan to be able to become the government again is to have Tun Mahathir as the Prime Minister candidate.
Anwar failed to garner enough support to be Prime Minister at least twice, after Tun Mahathir had stepped down in February.