PM Anwar Defends Speaker’s Call On ‘Bersatu 6’

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Bersatu had opposed the automatic forfeiture of seats for terminated members during his time in the opposition, leading to the inclusion of exceptions in the constitution. Photo by Anwar Ibrahim Facebook

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 11 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has defended Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul’s decision not to vacate the seats of six MPs who recently ceased to be Bersatu members, saying the ruling is consistent with the law.

He said the constitution must be read in its entirety and not selectively, as the Bersatu leadership had done.

Anwar also said Bersatu had opposed the automatic forfeiture of seats for terminated members during his time in the opposition, leading to the inclusion of exceptions in the constitution.

“We wanted anyone who was terminated to automatically lose their seats, but Bersatu opposed this at the time, which is why exceptions were included.

“The constitution must be read in full,” he told reporters after the Global MADANI Forum 2024.

Yesterday, Bersatu president and Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Muhyiddin Yassin said Johari’s decision was “disappointing” and in clear violation of the written and implied provisions of Article 49A(3) of the Federal Constitution.

The former prime minister added that Bersatu would appoint lawyers to challenge Johari’s decision in court.

The six are Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Syed Abu Fasal (Bukit Gantang), Zahari Kechik (Jeli), Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid (Kuala Kangsar), Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman (Labuan), Datuk Dr Zulkafperi Hanafi (Tanjong Karang) and Mohd Azizi Abu Naim (Gua Musang).

Bersatu had ruled that the six had ceased to be members after failing to respond to official letters requiring them to pledge loyalty to the party by May 31.

This was after Bersatu amended its constitution so that party members will automatically cease to be members if they violated the party’s decisions, and its elected representatives must subsequently vacate their seats.

The six were in hot water after they declared their support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.


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