KUALA LUMPUR – Former Malaysian education minister Maszlee Malik has left a new opposition party which is being set up by ex-premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mr Mazslee was one of six MPs, including Dr Mahathir himself, who were sacked from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia after a tussle with party president Muhyiddin Yassin.
Former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, 27, has left the pro-Mahathir group of MPs to form his own youth party, Muda.
With the exit of Mr Maszlee, 45, the group with Dr Mahathir is left with four MPs who are trying to form Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang).
Mr Maszlee’s move also reflects the continuing turmoil in Malaysian politics with shifting alliances.
His future in Pejuang was raised in the last few weeks after it became known that he signed a statutory declaration supporting Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister.