[Updated] Bersatu to hold emergency meeting: Ronald Kiandee

SHAH ALAM: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) will hold an emergency meeting today following the announcement made by its president this morning, said party vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.

Kiandee said the meeting is to discuss the decision made by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin not to defend his post as president during the party's election next year. 

He added that despite the decision made by Muhyiddin to let go of the position by not contesting, Bersatu still needed Muhyiddin to champion the party's struggles. 

"The announcement was made too early and the delegates' reactions clearly indicated that they did not welcome (the decision).

"This is a clear signal that Muhyiddin is indeed Bersatu's image. (And) while the party's struggle is not yet achieved, we need him to lead the party. 

"Hence, the party's supreme council members will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the president's announcement," he said when met by reporters on the second day of Bersatu's annual general assembly (AGM). 

Asked whether the party could move forward if Muhyiddin does not become the president, Kiandee said the party will not collapse. 

"We can (move forward) and I am not saying that we will collapse. However, we still need him (in the party)." 

He also said that anything was possible in politics when asked whether the party agreed that Muhyiddin assumes the chairman position. 

"Nothing is certain in politics, what more when the decision can only be finalised in several more months (when the party election commences)."

Earlier today, Muhyiddin announced his decision not to defend his position as president during the party's election scheduled to be held next year.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman said the time for him to let go of the position has come.


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