KUALA LUMPUR – Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee Malik has exited Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new party Pejuang.
The former education minister said that his decision was based on “detailed observations and field research” of what the Rakyat’s aspirations and needs.
Maszlee was one of the MPs who formed Pejuang with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in August after being ousted from their former party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia headed by president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Simpang Renggam MP said that he wants to focus on the welfare of his constituents hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Maszlee a couple of eyebrows yesterday when he was absent from a joint statement on the upcoming Budget 2021 tabling by Pejuang yesterday.
The statement released by Pejuang calling for the Perikatan Nasional government to disclose its Budget plans before its tabling in the Parliament session was made in the name of Dr Mahathir as Langkawi MP, Jerlun MP Datuk Seri Mukhriz, Sri Gading MP Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleha and Kubang Pasu MP Datuk Seri Amiruddin Hamzah. Sources says that Maszlee has been in talks to join the newly formed Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) headed by Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.