KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has today revealed that Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin had applied to rejoin the party, after her failed attempt to take over the leadership of Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM).

Bersatu Youth chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal was quoted saying that her application was however rejected because she refused to step down from being a minister when she left the party.

“The decision to reject her application was unanimous,” he was quoted saying by Free Malaysia Today.

Zuraida was formerly a minister of housing and local government under the Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin administration, and later a minister of plantation industries and commodities under the Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob administration when she quit Bersatu.

She was formerly in PKR before she was expelled in February 2020 along with Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

She and others in the exodus from PKR would later join Bersatu in August 2020.

However, after an internal altercation, Zuraida left Bersatu in May 2022 to join PBM.

A leadership tussle with PBM president Datuk Larry Sng prior to the 15th general election saw her suspended just prior to polling. Zuraida and 10 others were sacked from the party in December last year.

She has since joined Muafakat Nasional, the NGO headed by former Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa, and was appointed its deputy president in January.

Zuraida has since said she has no plan to contest the upcoming state elections and would instead back candidates from Perikatan Nasional.