FORMER Bersatu Supreme Council member Dr Muhammad Faiz Na’aman has announced that he is open to joining PKR, just hours after quitting the Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin-led party.
Describing PKR as a “truly democratic and respectful party”, Dr Faiz said he admired its leaders for being open to criticism and he is prepared to join PKR as he felt that the party’s principles are mostly in line with his.
“I am open to any offers, and I have always respected the existence of PKR because the principles of their struggle do speak to me a lot.
“So, I am open if PKR feels that they can see me as an asset and I also have an agenda that is more or less the same for the country in terms of fixing the economy and so on,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini today (Aug 7).
When questioned if his decision to leave Bersatu had been driven by the fact that he was not nominated as a candidate in the six state elections, Dr Faiz stated he was not throwing a tantrum and explained that the choice was made after considering a number of considerations.
“If you want to talk about not getting fielded, during the supreme council’s vetting process for the 14th General Election (GE14), I was also not fielded. I didn’t throw a tantrum then.
“I have not been fielded before and I never sulked about it. This is a combination of various factors which led me to take such drastic action. It is not just about not becoming a candidate,” Dr Faiz added.
Earlier today (Aug 7), Dr Faiz announced that he was leaving Bersatu in a letter to Muhyiddin due to irreconcilable differences.
He said his decision was made voluntarily, free from the influence of any other parties, adding that because his vision and aspirations no longer align with the party.
Previously, Dr Faiz has expressed his dissatisfaction with Perikatan Nasional (PN)’s selection of candidates for the Aug 12 Selangor state election.
Dr Faiz also said that he has been accused of sabotaging his party and PN’s campaign efforts due to his comments but asserted that it is his duty as a Bersatu supreme council member to champion the voices of the party’s division chiefs and youth leaders from Selangor.
Since last week, Dr Faiz has been publicly criticising the party’s choice of candidates for Selangor, which included several party leaders such as Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Datuk Seri Rina Harun, Sasha Lyna Abdul Latiff and Dr Afif Bahardin who were defeated during 15th General Election (GE15) last year.
The same people have now been named as PN’s candidates for the state seats of Hulu Kelang, Batu Tiga, Bukit Antarabangsa and Taman Medan respectively, he added. – Aug 7, 2023