Contract Issue: Mukhriz supports Syed Saddiq
Last Update: 02/01/2019
ALOR SETAR, Jan 2 (Bernama) -- Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir has expressed his full support for Angkatan Bersatu Anak Muda (ARMADA) Head, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman who dared to criticise on the issue of awarding contracts.
Mukhriz said the discussion on the giving of contracts openly was not proper and in fact perceived to be breaching the integrity and aspiration of the party.
"I feel it is not appropriate and proper for any leadership to suggest the use of position in the government to give contracts. This is not our responsibility, in fact it has breached the aspiration given when we wanted to form the party and Pakatan Harapan government.
“That is why I support the statement by ARMADA on the importance of integrity in party administration,” he told reporters here today.
He was asked to comment on the alleged call by several Bersatu division heads who wanted to remove Syed Saddiq on the criticism he made earlier.
Previously, Syed Saddiq when delivering his adjournment speech at the 2nd Bersatu Annual General Assembly in Putrajaya recently, criticised the delegates so that they would not discuss the issue on the giving of contracts generally which appeared to be able to jeopardise the party, besides expressing regret that the question of integrity had to be the topic of his speech.
Meanwhile, when asked on the call that Bersatu Vice-President, Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman relinquished his position following his statement on the giving of contracts, Mukhriz said the matter should not be turned into a polemic as it was not the stand of the party.
"The statement was only made by an individual, so we cannot say that it is the policy of the party. The party's stand is based on integrity,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mukhriz who is also Kedah Menteri Besar, said Bersatu would also try to avoid the ‘UMNO culture’ from being brought into the party and this commitment was voiced by Bersatu Chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had stated that any UMNO leader who joined the party would not be given any position until the 15th General Election.
"We don't want any old culture and negative practice that would weaken and affect the party (Bersatu). We will avoid the matter and at the same time are open to receive any criticism,”he said,
Earlier, Mukhriz performed the Ceremony to Hand Over the Letters of Appointment to Trainees of the Future Leaders Programme 2019 aimed at discovering and churning out talents among undergraduates to become young leaders of calibre.