Party-hopper Ezam Mohd. Nor who very recently abandoned Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin to start a new party renamed as Corruption Free Party’ validated the perception that the letters are not corrupt free leaders.
The Star story:
Friday, 31 March 2017 | MYT 1:52 PM
NewGen Party is now Parti Bebas Rasuah
PETALING JAYA: The New Generation Party (NewGen Party) has changed its name to Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR) and announced the appointment of new central executive committee members.
“We take this opportunity to confirm that we have decided to change the party name to ‘Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR)’,” said PBR founder S. Gobi Krishnan (pix), adding that the changes were submitted to the Registrar of Societies on Friday.
PBR also announced several new appointments, including former Umno, PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia member Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor as the new PBR president.
Former Batu Kawan Umno deputy head and Pribumi member Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan is the new PBS deputy president.
Syed Nazarudin Syed Aziz and Rajaretinam Armuggan have been named PBR vice presidents.
Gobi, who is former PKR national strategy and policy bureau secretary, maintains his position as PBR secretary-general.
Tan Chee Seng has been named treasurer, Abdul Ghani Haroon is information chief, and Surendran Shamugam is a central executive committee member.
The NewGen Party was registered in September 2013, and is a multiracial party targeting young people.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/31/newgen-party-is-now-parti-bebas-rasuah/#mGXRJizgx9RSMJf2.99
Ezam who started an UMNO man in the 1990s, became a notorious critic against corruption. He summarily joined Anwar Ibrahim’s movement when the latter was sacked as DPM and Deputy President of UMNO, and carried on “The struggle of against cronyism and oppressive Government to hide the truth”.
Right after the ‘Political Tsunami 2008’, Ezam abandoned PKR and rejoined UMNO citing the corrupt practices by then PKR Supremo Anwar Ibrahim’s right hand man Azmin Mohamed Ali’s manoeuvres in Selangor.
In UMNO, he began a crusade against PKR and Anwar led Pakatan Rakyat and that earned him to the high and strategic position of Director of Communications at Treasury, which is effectively an aide to the Prime Minister.
In early October 2016, Ezam quit UMNO again. A few days later, he joined Dr. Mahathir’s and Muhyiddin’s Flower Party.
Astro Awani story:
Ezam Mohd Nor joins Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia
Harits Asyraf Hasnan, Astro Awani | Translated by: Suganthi Suparmaniam
Published on October 13, 2016 14:09 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Senator, Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor today confirmed that he will be joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), led by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mohamad Ezam said he had met Dr Mahathir and PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to discuss about him joining the party.
“I met Dr Mahathir on Tuesday and have submitted membership form to Muhyiddin on Wednesday morning,” he told Astro AWANI.
Mohamad Ezam before this has been a vocal critic of Dr Mahathir following his mentor, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking from the government in 1998.
On Oct 3, Mohamad Ezam had announced his resignation from UMNO, making it the second time for him to do so.
He said he took the decision to defend his quest and struggle for change.
Mohamad Ezam recently quit his senatorship, triggering speculations that he would return to PKR to strengthen Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s position as the party’s number one.
He left his service at the Finance Ministry as communication director effective April 1, 2016, well before his contract ended. His contract was supposed to end next year.
Mohamad Ezam initially left PKR in 2007 after announcing he had lost faith in the leadership of Anwar. He was previously Anwar’s right hand man.
He then rejoined UMNO in 2008.
Six weeks later, probably another conscious struck Ezam like freight train on the run and he repositioned his thoughts about Flower Party leaders. Eighteen years earlier, he was prepared to go into street battle for the oppression Dr. Mahathir did as a leader, trying to protect his abuse of power, corrupt and cronyism practices.
Muhyiddin too wasn’t a ‘kosher’ leader. He has had his share of perceived corrupt practices when he was MB Johor (1986-95), which saw massive privatisation and property development, particularly in the Greater Johor Bahru area.
Hence, Ezam summarily quit Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, citing “Wanting to concentrate to the struggle against corruption”.
An interesting analysis by NST:
What next for Ezam after yet another political party exit?
By BARADAN KUPPUSAMY – January 2, 2017 @ 11:43am BARADAN KUPPUSAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Mohd Ezam Nor, a rising former political secretary to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, still commands newspaper comments on his political moves although he has lost all credibility as a politician.
The former senator’s frequent jumping from one party to another and his stringent criticism of his former home after leaving, are reasons for the credibility loss, the most important capital a politician can have.
The latest is that he quit Party Pribumi (PPBM) after signing up just over a month ago.
The abrupt departure speaks volumes of Ezam as a politician and of PPBM as a political party.
Why are people leaving PPBM? Why are resignations and sackings happening in the party?
It all gives the impression that the party is imploding even before it takes off on its mission to challenge Umno’s hold on Malays.
The fact that Ezam has left after joining over a month ago does not speak well of PPBM as a party.
“Initially PPBM was making big waves with Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) leading the charge along with Muhyiddin and Mukhriz. People like Ezam were attracted to it, seeing it as an emerging political force in the country,” said a political analyst, referring to former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, both of whom were ousted from Umno.
“But that dream has evaporated and people are starting to quit PPBM,” he said adding a big question mark now hangs over the party’s long term viability.
“Will it automatically fold after the next general election?” he said, adding that this question is written all over PPBM.
Dr Mahathir is chairman of PPBM and has said he wants to use his political clout to form a grand coalition of opposition parties to take on BN in one-on-one contests.
Dr Mahathir’s aim is to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
But PAS, the second biggest Malay party, is a spoiler, refusing to have anything to do with its splinter PAN and its sponsor DAP, two other opposition parties in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
Controversy dogged PPBM soon after it was formed in June.
Its name excludes non-Malays from its membership, its key founders were all ex-Umno and it accepted as members several Malay radicals precluding any support from political moderates.
Dissension also hit the new party. One of its founding members, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, quit in October over alleged differences with Muhyiddin while the party’s Srikandi (Women’s) wing chief Anina Saadudin was sacked from her post.
Their departure fueled speculation that many founding members were unhappy with Muhyiddin’s leadership and they signaled that they had little confidence in him.
“Most of the time, Muhyiddin was away overseas while we are struggling to recruit new members,” said a youth member of the PPBM. “He is not hands on like Dr Mahathir.”
Besides, early members are questioning Anina’s sacking when Muhyiddin himself is caught up in a scandal of his own.
Ezam’s resignation, ostensibly because his reform NGO objected to his political role, is yet another blow to PPBM.
Ezam was a heir apparent to Anwar but that role was taken over by Datuk Azmin Ali, the Selangor Mentri Besar. He edged out Ezam and Anwar, who is in prison, could do little about it.
“Ezam left PKR in disgust blaming Anwar for not protecting him against Azmin and soon he was making feelers to Umno,” said a former political ally of Ezam.
“Badawi was persuaded to accept Ezam into Umno and Ezam took up Umno’s causes up until 2009 when Badawi resigned,” he said, referring to former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi.
“Ezam was given all the opportunities to resume his career in Umno under both Badawi and Najib but unfortunately he was not accepted by Umno members. They saw him as a traitor,” he said.
Najib took over the country’s helm in 2009.
Ezam could not go back to PKR, the party he had condemned after leaving for Umno.
Furthermore all doors to enter PKR were closed by supporters of Azmin who were against him and besides, he had long lost Anwar’s favour, without which he cannot survive in PKR.
Ezam thus saw an opportunity when Dr Mahathir and other ex-Umno members formed Parti Pribumi.
“Ezam could have easily mistaken the sound and fury that accompanied the founding of Parti Pribumi as the next big and lasting change in our politics,” said a political analyst adding, “sadly for people like Ezam and others, they were mistaken.”
“Ezam badly miscalculated and burned his Umno bridges too soon and left for Pribumi but he found Pribumi not to his liking either,” he said adding the new party is all sound and fury, and nothing else.
Ezam is like a lost soul again looking for a port to berth and finding none.
Khairuddin Abu Hassan is Dr Mahathir’s most important operative in many of their manoeuvres to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and his administration by hyping up the 1MDB financial woes by spinning it into a scandalous and contentious episode.
They made complaints to various authorities all over the world and worked very closely particularly with Neo Con Jewish controlled media such as Sarawak Report, Wall Street Journal and the likes, to hype on many of unsubstantiated stories over and over again.
It is very peculiar for Khairuddin to abandon Dr. Mahathir’s party to be a part of another party, which renamed itself as ‘Corrupt Free Party’.
Inadvertently, Khairuddin and Ezam are validating the perception that Flower Party leaders are not free from corruption and/or corrupt practices such as favouritism and nepotism is very much in practice in the six month old party.
And now, the ‘Corrupt Free Party’ wants to be part of the Opposition coalition.
The Star story:
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 | MYT 11:52 AM
Parti Bebas Rasuah applies to be in Pakatan Harapan
PETALING JAYA: Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR), formally known as the New Generation Party, is applying to be a component party of Pakatan Harapan.
In a statement, PBR deputy president Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan said he would be submitting a formal application for PBR to be part of the coalition at the office of the Opposition Leader in Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur at 3pm Tuesday.
“I am representing the president and will be accompanied by the secretary general, information chief and the treasurer of the party to submit the formal application,” said Khairuddin.
He said PBR president Datuk Ezam Mohd Nor is unable to attend the handover of the application as he is out of the country.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/04/parti-bebas-rasuah-to-be-associate-member-of-pakatan-harapan/#RQG8atEsoeszJwCr.99
This is actually a contradiction to the principle he is holding on to as Pakatan Harapan leaders aren’t free from corrupt practices. An example is DAP Secretary General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who is in trial for corruption.
There are lots of allegations made against PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali in his capacity as MB Selangor and his administration.
At the moment, the buzz is about a former Special Officer putting up a challenge against PPBM Deputy President and former MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir for a debate on how Dr Mahathir’s sons accumulated so much wealth.
Hence, Ezam’s inconsistency is getting more chronic for the ‘Non Halal’ association opposing the so called principle he is standing by.