A group of disgruntled PPBM grassroots members took a swipe at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly making a unilateral decision in choosing the party's GE14 candidate for the Kuah state seat. (NSTP file pix)
LANGKAWI: Trouble is brewing in the opposition pact camp here as a group of disgruntled grassroots members took a swipe at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly making a unilateral decision in choosing the party's 14th General Election (GE14) candidate for the Kuah state seat.
The group claimed that the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman, who is also contesting the Langkawi parliamentary seat, had acted alone in naming Mohd Firdaus Ahmad as the party candidate for the Kuah state seat without consulting the members.
Langkawi PPBM committee member Mohd Ratu Mansor claimed that they were taken by surprise when Dr Mahathir announced Mohd Firdaus candidature although the latter's name was never discussed in the division meeting.
"The decision to select this candidate (Mohd Firdaus) was never discussed in the meeting and suddenly Tun Dr Mahathir announced his name at end of his speech during a rally here on April 15.
"We are utterly disappointed because the candidate concerned allegedly has a negative personality and is a stranger to the locals
"We cannot accept this because the decision on the Kuah state seat was made without taking into account the views and decision made by Pakatan Harapan," he said at a press conferece at Riverra Inn Langkawi, here today.
Mohd Ratu, who is also Pulau Tuba District Polling Centre (PDM) chief, said at least six candidates had filled up a form for the candidate selection process and were called to be interviewed by Dr Mahathir on April 14 but Mohd Firdaus was announced as the candidate for the Kuah state seat.
"The party candidate should have been properly vetted."
He further claimed that Mohd Firdaus was influenced by those who have vested interests in the party.
"We have tried to vent our disappointment to the party leadership but to date, no action has been taken," he said, while estimating that some 6,000 PPBM members in Kuah were unhappy with Dr Mahathir's decision.
As a result, Mohd Ratu said all 11 PDMs in the the Kuah constituency has decided to suspend their work until the party leadership resolved the issue. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd