Klang Umno division chief Datuk Nasarrudin M Zin with the members of Klang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM). A group of 100 PPBM members today announced their resignation from the party, citing loss of confidence in its leadership. Pix by Mohd Asri Saifuddin Mamat

PORT KLANG: A group of 100 Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) members today announced their resignation from the party, citing loss of confidence in its leadership.

The members of Klang PPBM, who held a press conference here earlier today, cited dissatisfaction over the party's decision to appoint an outsider to lead their division as chief is reason.

The spokesman for the group, Mohd Hazwan Zulkefly, said the decision saw local members sidelined, and they did not need an outsider to determine Klang PPBM's way forward.

"We do not need outside interference to set our way forward. Thus, we decided to leave PPBM which only aims at fighting for personal interests (of leaders) who want to secure political power.

"Initially, this division was headed by a Klangite, but this changed in a reshuffling due to influence from hidden hands.

"This is an insult to PPBM members in Klang when the top leadership allowed such thing to happen. Are there are no Klang party members who are fit to lead their own division that they have to bring in an outsider? Negative elements like cronyism is so thick in PPBM," he said.

During the press conference, Mohd Hazwan said the group members had also submitted membership forms to Klang Umno division chief Datuk Nasarrudin M Zin.

Commenting further, Mohd Hazwan said he believed that more PPBM members would leave the party, and that the confidence of young voters in PPBM was diminishing especially after seeing trouble in Pakatan Harapan over their candidate for prime minister.

"Pakatan announced that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (PPBM chairman) would be PM if they win the 14th general election. But this decision has received objections from within Pakatan itself. Thus, the people are worried with what's happening in the pact."

Meanwhile, Nasaruddin said although it has been 57 years since Umno was established, the party has always kept its doors to the young.

"Umno has always been open to the young people because they are the future of this party and the future leaders. All this time, the opposition tried to create the perception that Umno do not welcome the younger generation, but this is not true."

Translated from Berita Harian

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