PETALING JAYA – Malaysia’s senior minister Azmin Ali and 10 other MPs will be officially joining Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s political party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, a move that will even strengthen the party amid the current political crisis.
After leaving the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) five months ago, the decision to jump ship to Bersatu has been finalized last Saturday.
In a speech at a congress, Datuk Seri Azmin pledged their support to the leadership of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. He said that now is the perfect time to ‘bersatu’ (unite) for the nation.
“With the utmost sincerity, on this auspicious evening, myself and my team, we announce that we are joining Bersatu and supporting the leadership of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.” He added.
Around 2,500 supporters have gathered at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) to witness Azmin’s announcement in which PM Muhyiddin also attended.
Azmin together with Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah are three of the 11 ex-PKR MPs who are currently cabinet ministers for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government. Their decision to join Bersatu raises its total number of its MPs to 32. Becoming the third largest party in the Dewan Rakyat just behind UMNO and DAP.