PUTRAJAYA – Effective immediately, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) headquarters will take over the running of Perlis party matters following reports of internal strife in the northern state.

PPBM secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya said the decision was made by the central leadership in a meeting chaired by president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, according to Clause 14 of the party constitution, in order to resolve the current conflict.

He said the party will ensure that no statement is issued by anyone from Perlis, including state chairman Ameir Hassan.

“All administrative affairs will be taken over by headquarters, under my supervision as secretary-general, and at the end of the month, I will hold a meeting with the entire Perlis leadership line-up to find a way to resolve things. We will not announce anyone as state chairman until we resolve this conflict,” Marzuki, who is deputy foreign minister, when met at his office in Wisma Putra.

The conflict within PPBM Perlis began when its secretary, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, was dropped from the state leadership line-up on the grounds of ill health.

However, Wan Saiful then claimed that he had been dropped for other reasons involving the integrity of the PPBM Perlis leadership.

Marzuki had previously tried to step in to resolve the issue, but all this was in vain, with the secretary-general eventually admitting that the state party had been plagued with problems since almost the very beginning.

Recently, Ameir said Marzuki should get explanations from all parties concerned before judging PPBM Perlis as being problematic.

Meanwhile, said Marzuki, as the central party leadership has taken over running PPBM Perlis, Ameir would no longer function as the state chairman but would continue his role as a divisional head.

He said there was a possibility that the entire state leadership line-up could be revamped.

“No one can now say he is the state chairman, not until we make a decision on the new appointment. We have already prepared the necessary letter on the matter and will send it to Ameir,” he said.

Asked whether the takeover would make matters worse in Perlis, Marzuki said he was confident the conflict could be solved.

“We will take over leadership of the state to solve the problem. So, we will not drop anyone until we come up with a decision. This will allow me the time for negotiations,” he said.