Hamzah says Bersatu can sack rogue members who support Anwar, but treading carefully to ensure party and voter interest

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin today called for caution before taking punitive measures against the seven members of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) who have openly defied their party by choosing to support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

(MMO) – In an interview with Utusan Malaysia’s weekend publication Mingguan Malaysia, the Bersatu secretary-general also expressed his need for circumspection regarding any public remarks concerning the issue, acknowledging the potential legal ramifications.

Hamzah said that based on advice from the party’s legal team, Bersatu appears to have favourable prospects regarding potential actions against the dissenting members.

“According to Article 49A of the Federal Constitution, there are things we must do. For example, someone who is no longer a party member, but they all admit that they are party members. So, no action can be taken to vacate the seat. However, another clause specifies exceptions when individuals cease to be party members, and that there are matters that cause them to cease from being a member. According to the party constitution, this matter should be looked at in detail.

“You can sack, but can this lead to something good for the party and also for the voters? After all, in this matter, we have terms such as fired, aborted and another term — stopped. All these should be taken into account before making a decision,” he was quoted as saying.

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