The alleged ‘sexting’ scandal plaguing one of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Pribumi) founding members, Anina Saadudin, has not impacted the party in any way.
Downplaying the supposed scandal, Pribumi supreme council member Marzuki Yahaya said the issue was only a “misunderstanding”.
“It was just a small misunderstanding that the leaders have cleared up.
“People planning to join our party are not at all influenced by it and other allegations against us,” NST reported as Marzuki saying when met at Kampung Tok Sani, in Butterworth, Penang on Jan 9.
Marzuki, a former Umno member was asked to comment on whether the scandals affecting the four-month-old party had hurt its attempt to recruit more members.
It was reported that Pribumi has had a rough beginning, riddled with one scandal after another.
Reports had suggested that the sexting scandal led to Anina losing the party’s Srikandi (women’s) chief post, claims which have since been denied by the party leadership.
Pribumi president Muhyiddin Yassin had maintained that the fledgeling party was not facing any internal conflict and that Anina’s removal was because her performance in the women’s wing did not meet expectations.
Anina, who is the former Langkawi Wanita Umno member, had not taken kindly to her removal from the post, and had said that if Mahathir Mohamad was Pribumi president instead of chairman, she would have been retained as its women’s chief.
Anina remains a supreme council member of the party.
Meanwhile, Marzuki said Pribumi had distributed 10,000 membership forms in Penang and some 7,000 had been filled and returned for the party’s consideration.
“We are going to vet through the applications to make sure those we accept into the party will not cause internal problems,” he said.
Marzuki said Penang Pribumi would be launched on Jan 14, and party divisions would be formed next.
“The Bagan division is the first to be endorsed and the other 13 will come next.
“We have also identified the leaders for each division.
“The names are now being considered,” he said.
He added that preparations for the 14th General Election were also underway, with the seats to contest in Penang already identified and under discussion.