Former Batu Kawan division vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan has quit Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia barely a month joining the new party.
As reported by The Star Online, Khairuddin issued a statement on Thursday said that he was quitting Pribumi with immediate effect in order to concentrate on several court cases that he was facing.
He urged members and leaders of Parti Pribumi not to form teams (berpuak-puak), claiming that they must never absorb “Umno’s bad practices.
However Mahathir Mohamed, Pribumi’s adviser was not aware that his loyalist has resigned from the party.
“I don’t know about it, I have not heard about it yet, I have to confirm it,” Mahathir told reporters here Friday when asked to comment on Khairuddin’s decision.
Asked whether he was shocked by Khairuddin’s decision to leave the party, Mahathir replied: “I don’t know whether this is true or not, I have to speak with him first.”
“I will from now attend all invitations including talks (ceramah) in my personal capacity and no longer as a PPBM member.
“I would like to wish all the best to all my friends who remain in the party and hope that they uphold their responsibilities,” said Khairuddin in his statement.
Earlier Khairuddin refused to join Pribumi but later changed his mind and joined the party to throw support behind his loyal leader.
Khairuddin was Mahathir’s main loyalist to lodge complaints about 1MDB in France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Britain and Switzerland.
On October 12, 2015 Khairuddin and lawyer Mathias Chang were jointly charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 34, over the reports they had lodged against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).